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THE PRAKTINA SYSTEM

 

Praktina IIA
The Sixth Generation

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 there is only one socket for FP-F-X flash synchronization that is 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.

KW introduced new accessories in 1960: bellows attachment modified for automatic lenses, 17m magazine back with frame counter, rapid winding lever and automatic extension rings.

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

Praktina IIA model A

Manufacturer NameVEB Kamera-Werke Niedersedlitz
VEB Kamera- und Kinowerke Dresden, from 1959
Factory DesignationPraktina IIA
Model DesignationA
PresentationLeipzig trade fair, March 1958
Years1958-1960
Number producedapprox. 25,600
Standard Lensautomatic Tessar 2.8/50mm or Flexon 2/50mm or Pancolar 2/50mm
Variations • Finder release lever marks  • Logo on the top of the body  • Accessory shoe
Praktina IIA model A version 1 No. 69469 with Carl Zeiss Jena Flexon 2/50 and metering prism finder
Praktina IIA model A version 2 No. 102014 with Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2.8/50 and eye-level finder
Praktina IIA model A version 3 No. 123283 with Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 2/50 and eye-level finder
Praktina IIA model A version 4 No. 116606 with Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2.8/50 and eye-level finder

Model and Version Identifiers

Model A • "Praktina IIA" engraved on the front of the camera
• Diaphragm's control for automatic lenses   (fig. 1)
Version 1 • Logo on the top: "KW Germany"   (fig. 4)
• Finder release lever marks: "Z-A"   (fig. 2)
Version 2 • Logo on the top: "KW Germany"   (fig. 4)
• Finder release lever mark: "red dot"   (fig. 3)
Version 3 • Logo on the top: "KW"   (fig. 5)
• Finder release lever mark: "red dot"   (fig. 3)
Variations: "KW" turned of 90   (fig. 6)
Version 4 • Accessory Shoe   (fig. 7)
 
 

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Price list
♦   Willi Bunke, West Germany disributor, Price list 1958
Body, waist-level finder, matte focusing screen, automatic T 2.8/50 mm
Body, waist-level finder, matte focusing screen, automatic Flexon 2/50 mm
Body, eye-level finder, matte focusing screen, automatic T 2.8/50 mm
Body, eye-level finder, matte focusing screen, automatic Flexon 2/50 mm
Matte focusing screen with split-image rangefinder
 
 
 
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