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Praktina FX model SA3
The Fifth Generation

Camera Name: Praktina FX
Model: SA3
Different Versions:  2
Production date: 1956-1958
Estimated Production: c. 28,000
Normal Lenses: semi-automatic Biotar 2/58 mm or Tessar 2.8/50 mm

Praktina FX-SA3
The fifth generation marked important improvements and changes. Here is what is new in this model:
• Body casting and top cover
• Optical viewfinder size and edge (type 2)
• Internal cover of shutter focal plane
• Film Take-up Spool
• Screen Lever Lock
• Mirror Support
• Camera back
   and in the version 2
• Optical viewfinder size and edge (type 3)
• Film reminder dial with ASA and DIN film speed settings.
• Eyelevel finder, brighter and with different look.

Praktina FX-SA3 Version 2 with semi-automatic Jena T(essar) 2.8/50

Model's Identification

Diaphragm's Control
Yes for semi-auto lenses

Screen Lock Levers
length 22 mm

No. of Flash Connections

Version's Identification

Version 1
Optical Viewfinder Type 2

Version 2
Optical Viewfinder Type 3

Remark about previous codes
The previous "A" model, versions 5 and 6, has been changed in "SA3", versions 1 and 2.

Full list of lenses with semi-automatic diaphragm (SB)
Carl Zeiss SB Flektogon 2.8/35 mm
Carl Zeiss SB Tessar 2.8/50 mm
Carl Zeiss SB Biotar 2/58 mm
Schacht SB Travegon 3.5/35 mm
Schacht SB Travenar 2.8/85 mm
Schacht SB Travenar 3.5/135 mm
Steinheil SB Quinon 1.9/55 mm

Specifications and Technical Data
Camera type: 35mm single-lens reflex camera.
Picture size: 24x36 mm on standard 135 cartridges.
Lens mount: Praktina breech-lock lens, bayonet mount.
Lens diaphragm control: for semi-automatic lenses (SB).
Viewfinder system: interchangeable eye-level viewfinder or waist-level viewfinder; lock lever of viewfinder on the bottom-camera with marks "A" and "Z" (open and locked); interchangeable focusing screen, matte or matte with split-image rangefinder; eye-level optical finder incorporated in the camera body.
Shutter: horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains.
Shutter speed dial: single-axis non-rotating dial, placed at the base of the winding knob.
Shutter speed settings: B, 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 200, 500, 1000.
Shutter release: Shutter release button, with standard thread for cable release, positioned on the front of the body, sloping with an angle of 60°.
Self-timer: with a 10-second delay; the lever is positioned below the shutter release.
Flash connection: one standard X coaxial contact for bulb and electronic flash units.
Film winding and shutter cocking: knob.
Frame counter dial: placed at the base of the winding knob counts in ascending values; manual reset.
Film rewinding: knob.
Film reminder dial: placed at the base of the rewinding knob, sets 10-23/10 DIN film speed or 2 different types of color film (version 1); ASA 9/320 - DIN 6/27 film speed or 4 different types of color film (version 2).
Mirror: returns with the film advance.
Motor coupling: bottom-camera coupling for motors and lever trigger.
Tripod thread: 3/8" or 1/4".
Camera back: hinged and removable, interchangeable with 17m Magazine Back.
Serial number: stamped inside the camera body, in the film cartridge chamber.
Dimensions and weight: (without lens and finder) Height 85 mm, Length 147 mm, Depth 59 mm, Weight c. 575 g.

Source: VEB Kamera-Werke Price List, July 1957
Body, waist-level finder, split-image rangefinder, SB Tessar 2.8/50 mm
Body, waist-level finder, split-image rangefinder, SB Biotar 2/58 mm
Body, prism finder, split-image rangefinder, SB Tessar 2.8/50 mm
Body, prism finder, split-image rangefinder, SB Biotar 2/58 mm
DM 635
DM 705
DM 765
DM 835


The Praktina System
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Praktina Prototypes
Praktina FX model DS
Praktina FX model M
Praktina FX model SA1
Praktina FX model SA2
Praktina FX model SA3
Praktina IIA model A
Praktina IIA model DA
Praktina renamed
Praktina N - Pentacon Super
Lenses with PK mount
Carl Zeiss Jena
Meyer-Optik Görlitz
Angenieux Paris
Enna-Werk München
Feinmess Dresden
Isco Göttingen
Kilfitt München
A.Schacht Ulm
Schneider Kreuznach
Steinheil München
Others manufacturers
Praktina Accessories
Viewing System
Motor and Winder
Magazine Back
Close-up Accessories
Stereo Accessories
KW Accessories
Third-party Accessories

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