Praktina FX
The Third Generation

In September 1954, at the Leipzig Trade Fair, the Kamera-Werke released the third generation of Praktina cameras with the mechanism to release the spring-mechanism of the semi-automatic lenses produced by Carl Zeiss Jena. Externally the body is identical to the version 2 of model M.
In this model the internal actuating pin moves forward when the shutter release is pressed, and the diaphragm will automatically close to the pre-selected aperture. The diaphragm will remain closed until it is reopened manually after each exposure.
The version 1 has a black sprocket spool while the version 2 has a silver sprocket spool.

From 1955 the Kamera-Werke had made available for sale the complete set of accessories including eye-level finder, waist-level finder, 6x high magnification waist-level finder, bellows attachment, macro rings, filters, lens hoods, electric motor drive, spring winder, 17m magazine back, stereo viewfinder and lenses from 35mm to 500mm supplied by Carl Zeiss Jena and Meyer-Optic Görlitz.

See the specifications of this model in the Praktina specifications page.

Praktina FX model SA1

Manufacturer NameVEB Kamera-Werke Niedersedlitz
Factory DesignationPraktina FX
Model DesignationSA1
PresentationLeipzig trade fair, September 1954
Number producedapprox. 8,000
Standard Lenssemi-automatic Tessar 2.8/50mm or Biotar 2/58mm
Variations• Sprocket spool finishing  • Film wind and rewind knobs
Praktina FX model SA1 version 1 No. 29978 with semiautomatic Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 2/58 and eye-level finder
Praktina FX model SA1 version 2 No. 37927 with semiautomatic Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2.8/50mm and waist-level finder

Model and Version Identifiers

Model SA1
• "Praktina FX" engraved on the front of the camera
• Diaphragm's control for semi-auto lenses   (fig. 1)
• One coaxial PC connector for X-sync   (fig. 2)
Version 1 • Black sprocket spool   (fig. 3)
Version 2 • Silver sprocket spool   (fig. 4)

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fig. 2

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fig. 4



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