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Praktina IIA model A
The Sixth Generation

Camera Name: Praktina IIA
Model Name: A
Different Versions:  4
Production date: 1958 - 1960
Estimated Production: c. 25,000
Normal Lenses: Automatic Tessar 2.8/50 mm or Automatic Flexon 2/50 mm

Praktina IIA-A
The sixth generation was release in February 1958, at the Leipzig Trade Fair, with the name "Praktina IIA". The body is very similar to the FX body but inside there are important improvements. The shutter has now geometric speed settings from 1" to 1/1000", the camera has the fully automatic diaphragm control of the new automatic (ASB) lenses and for the flash synchronization there is only one flash socket for FP-F-X made via a selector lever placed under the rewind knob. The new Flexon 2/50mm, quickly renamed Pancolar, replaced the old Biotar 2/58 and a meter prism viewfinder was released for all Praktina cameras.
The version 1 has the lock lever of viewfinder marked Z-A, the others version have a "red dot" mark. The top logo marks "KW Germany" in the version 1 and 2, "KW" in the version 3. The version 4 has an accessory shoe.

Praktina IIA-A with automatic Flexon 2/50 mm and Meter Prism Viewfinder

Praktina IIA-A version 4 with automatic Tessar 2.8/50 mm

Model's Identification

Name on the camera
Praktina IIA

Diaphragm's Control
Yes for auto lenses

Version's Identification

Version 1
"KW Germany" Logo
Finder lock "Z-A"

Version 2
"KW Germany" Logo
Finder lock "red dot"

Version 3
"KW" Logo
Finder lock "red dot"

Version 4
Accessory Shoe
Finder lock "red dot"

Remark about previous codes
The previous "IIA" model has been changed in "IIA-A".

The Accessories
In 1960, new accessories were released: bellows focusing attachment modified for ASB lenses, 17m magazine back with frame counter, rapid lever wind and macro ring set with auto coupling for ASB and SB lenses.

Full List of Praktina Lenses with automatic diaphragm (ASB)
Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 4/25 mm
Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 2.8/35 mm
Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2.8/50 mm
Carl Zeiss Jena Flexon 2/50 mm
Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 2/50 mm
Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 2.8/80 mm
Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 2.8/120 mm
Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 2.8/180 mm (Pentacon Six mount and Zeiss adapter ring)
Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 4/300 mm (Pentacon Six mount and Zeiss adapter ring)
Isco Westromat 1.9/50 mm
Isco Westromat 3.5/135 mm
Isco Tele-Westanar 3.5/135mm
Schacht Travegon 3.5/35 mm
Schacht S-Travegon 2.8/35 mm
Schacht Travenar 2.8/50 mm
Schacht Travenar 3.5/135 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 automatic lenses (ASB).
Viewfinder system: interchangeable eye-level viewfinder or waist-level viewfinder; lock lever of viewfinder on the bottom-camera; 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, 4, 8, 15, 30, X, 60, 125, 250, 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 socket with manual-switching lever for FP-F-X synch, near film reminder dial.
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 2-3-4).
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 86 mm, Length 146 mm, Depth 59 mm, Weight c. 590 g.

Source: Kamera-Werke Price List, 1958
Body, waist-level finder, split-image rangefinder, ASB T 2.8/50 mm
Body, waist-level finder, split-image rangefinder, ASB Flexon 2/50 mm
Body, prism finder, split-image rangefinder, ASB T 2.8/50 mm
Body, prism finder, split-image rangefinder, ASB Flexon 2/50 mm
DM 537
DM 675
DM 594
DM 732


The Praktina System
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Model's Identification
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Praktina FX model DS
Praktina FX model M
Praktina FX model SA1
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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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