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This following article with tables and pictures was written by Heinz Schrauf along with some collectors. It was published in the volume 65 (II/2009) of “PhotoDeal”-Magazine (www.photodeal.de).
We give our gratitude to Heinz Schrauf (Solingen), Peter Beck (Dusseldorf), Dirk Seifert (Friedrichsdorf/Ts.) and Wilfried Pietsch (Moelln) for their commitment in writing this article and to Mary Erler (Fraureuth) for the translation of this text into the English language.

Contents:

  1. General conspectus and historical background
  2. Tables to Praktica-versions in different countries
  3. Mysterious - manuals but no adequate cameras

“Even the Pentacon did not always know it… Versions of Praktica Cameras for export and from different countries” (Heinz Schrauf, Solingen)

1. General conspectus and historical background

When the first Praktica came out of the company KW (Kamerawerkstätten Niedersedlitz) in 1949, nobody could guess the world-wide interest for this camera series. The main reason was probably the M42-screw thread for interchangeable lenses which was developed shortly before for the last Praktiflex, produced after the World War II. It was the beginning of the M42-screw thread. In the coming years, it became the Praktica screw thread for other kinds of cameras and almost all the producers of objectives.
Because of problems with names and laws of the Carl Zeiss Jena Company, those original interchangeable lenses were almost unavailable in the western countries. Other producers of objectives blew a breach in because they noticed early the practical benefit of the Praktica screw thread. The change of an objective on other cameras, for an example the Exakta, was only possible by a special bayonet for that objective. Even distinguished camera producers such as Asahi Pentax equipped their cameras with the Praktica screw thread.
The years after 1945 were the era of monocular single lens reflex cameras for the “sophisticated claim of the photographer”. Cameras from German lands were global leaders and very much in demand. Hardly any other countries produced as many cameras as Germany, which of course included the German Democratic Republic. The first M42 cameras were produced in Dresden. The parallel development of Contax-S and its following model at Zeiss Ikon Company were performed in Dresden. The M42 objectiv played a decisive role in their market success.
Very soon, both companies exported cameras to other countries. There were different reasons: traditional contacts, delivery as reparations, to meet the demands of currency in the GDR, the possibility to get the right objective from a foreign country – or just the German cameras were in great demand.
There were cameras produced in Dresden which got a very different name. This happened because of the law relating to the use of name or for economic benefits.
As far as the Praktica cameras are concerned, there are multitudes of variations. The collecting field Praktica with its entire variety of functions is hardly clear, so it is only worthwhile to collect the export variations although, although they are now more difficult to get. First of all, you need to know if it is a real Praktica.
It is easy to identify the Praktica FX 3 (which was the export model of Praktica FX 2, even reading in the instruction manual was the same as FX 2). It is still easy with Praktiflex FX, which was the common export model of the first Praktica cameras. They were mainly exported to the Unites States. Nevertheless without pictures and the year of production it can be confused with the Praktiflex (made from 1936-1939), above all when it does not have the suffix FX because its name was not Praktica.

It is also easy when you can read, for example, Hanimex Praktica LTL on the later models.

Hanimex Praktica LTL

Hanimex Praktica LTL

Many names are difficult to identify from afar without a picture. That begins with early versions such as, FX 56 or PENTOR super TL to Cavalier STL I until Jenaflex
AM 1. Those were the last models that had a bayonet connector.
How can we know in Germany that “RTL Astro/Micro Convertible “ is not an advertising campaign of a well-known local TV and radio channel, but a Praktica VLC 2 of the US importer Robert T. Little, New York?

Cavalier STL I (Praktica super TL) Praktica RTL Astro/Micro Convertible (Praktica VLC 2)

Cavalier STL I (Praktica super TL)

Praktica RTL Astro/Micro Convertible (Praktica VLC 2)

The papers “Single lens reflex cameras from Dresden” by Richard Hummel are very instructive, but together with other sources they don’t offer sufficient and complete information about the variety of export models. The causes are quite simple: Out-of-the-box Prakticas were delivered from Dresden to branches, agencies and traders who renamed those Prakticas. Sometimes, they coarsely stripped the engraved name and glued up a new label as a cover. Some Prakticas were provided without the original label to the branches, where they affixed a new label. Those “no-name” Prakticas are also examples of that. One corresponds with the Praktica Nova, the other corresponds the Praktica PLC 3. They are both rarely found and not to associated with a special country or importer because they are namelessly. They may belong to those remainders of Prakticas which were prepared for sticking on another label.

Cameras sold in Great Britain simply got a new label on a blank body-cap. In my information, the Scotch Company manufactured those labels. In the beginning they did slip something. Those labels needed a punched notch on their long lower side for the salient little bolt of the top cover. Those labels, for example, made a Praktica Super TL 1000 into a Praktica TL 3 or to a Nova II; a Praktica MTL 5 B became a TL 5 B or a MTL Nova B. Actually, it is incomprehensible why those changes of classifications happened because they used the name Praktica name anyway. As for me, the one and only reason for that could be a rule in Great Britain that did not permit them to sell Prakticas with the same classification as those from Dresden. That is not sure, it is only my suggestion.

Stickers for cameras, sold in Geat Britain Praktica with blank body-cap for Great Britain

Stickers for cameras, sold in Geat Britain

Praktica with blank body-cap for Great Britain

The Prakticas of the L series called Revue-flex cameras and the cameras called Porst-reflex were sold by the mail-order house Quelle and the Photo Porst. Their top cover of the pentaprism was completely changed. Those cameras received not only other names but also another outfits.

The changed top covers were made at Pentacon Company in Dresden-Helfenberg. Because of the company’s construction bottlenecks, the injection moulds were bought from a producer in Portugal. Owing to the complete change of name, only the print “Made in GDR” (made in German Democratic Republic) told the source was Dresden.

The Praktica B 200 S was also made in Dresden but is not a real country variant. Information by PENTACON Dresden to one of the collectors and authors of this article made sure that those cameras “…were destined for photojournalists of ADN (Allgemeiner Deutscher Nachrichtendienst = the news agency of GDR) and therefore got special care during manufacturing. They got a special lubrication for improving the operating life of the light exposure mechanism. They also put a main focus on very small tolerances. The letter S was only set for differentiation. There was only produced a small quantity…”
According to PENTACON, they produced approximately 80 of those cameras; other sources say 200 maximum. It is curious, but most of them seem to be in England and that is why we mention them here. Their mysterious path to Great Britain remains an unknown to PENTACON.

Praktica B 200 S (Cosina) Praktica CX-1

Praktica B 200 S

(Cosina) Praktica CX-1

Some of very rare Prakticas were not produced in Dresden during the time of GDR, although they are called Prakticas. An example is the Praktica CX 1. This model was made at Cosina in Japan. It is not an export variant from Dresden so we don’t include in this article. We mention it for better identification. It is a small, handy range-finder camera which is not a SLR. Foto-Quelle sold it under a different name. It was also manufactured as a rarer power-driven variant CX-2. I found the CX-1 and the CX-2 only in Holland. I also found a SLR from Cosina which has nothing in common with a Praktica SLR from Dresden, because it’s label is black with blue letters and it has an EXA-bayonet-connector. We are left in the dark about the reason. We don’t know if the Cosina Company did name piracy or if it had temporary permission to use the name.
Also the Pentaflex SL is either an export or a variant of another country, but it was the simple variant of the Praktica Nova, made in Dresden and available for people in GDR.

According to the catalogue of G. Kadlubek, we came to the conclusion that it is not right that the Praktica MX was an U.S. variant. One of my collector colleagues says: “Another variant – not mentioned in “Hummel” – is the ‘Praktica MX’ factory-provided graved (instead of Praktica FX). In the late Kadlubek Catalogue the MX is called an export model of the United States. That's not right!
The manufacturing numbers of MX cameras which I know are at the beginning of the FX row (box numbers around 80,000). Not one of those cameras came from foreign countries and there had never been an offer to sell them on e-bay/USA during the last years.”

It was actually planned to call them “Praktica MX”. A small quantity was manufactured, but then the flash technology improved to short lightning lamplights (F) (M = middle, F = fast). They probably replaced “MX” with the more modern “FX”.

Although most of the members of the Praktica fan community started their intensive work about Praktica cameras after the political turn in 1990, I dare to say that only now are they getting an almost complete overview of all countries’ versions. Owing to the global offers on e-bay, nothing seems to keep hidden. Now with some patience, it is possible to find a Pentacon Italia without a trip to Italy. Otherwise it is extremely difficult to get it with the label of the former company Ippolito Cattaneo S.p.A. Furthermore, there are Prakticas of Pentacon Italia with a blank label instead of the blue one. Finally, you can be sure you have a Pentacon Italia Praktica by opening the back and seeing the guarantee sticker with the address of Pentacon Italia on the inside of the film spool chamber. In this case it may be the better way to travel to Bella Italia…

A Praktica collector from England might travel to Old Germany to find a Praktica made by the company Beroflex. They were sold in the old Federal Republic of Germany. Those Prakticas can not be immediately identified and are not identical with serial models. They have a sticker with “Beroflex Garantie” (Beroflex guarantee) inside their film spool chamber. There is a code of sales office and year. The first number is the sales office: 10 = Berlin, 20 = Hamburg, 30 = Bad Kissingen, 40 = Minden, 50 = Köln, 60 = Bergen-Enkheim, 80 = München. The second number is the sales year: 470 = 1974, 570 = 1975, 670 = 1976, 770 = 1977, 780 = 1978, 790 = 1979, 800 = 1980, 810 = 1981, 820 = 1982, 830 = 1983, 840 = 1984 etc. The numbers go through 900 = 1990.
I guess there is no camera with so many different names. Although most of the facts are known nowadays, some questions still remain. Despite the global world, no one can either know everything or get every variety. That is why some collectors joined me in writing this article. I express my gratitude to them for all their know how and for the photos of these cameras. I would appreciate getting new information about missing variants.

For lack of space, it is not possible to include photos of every variant. It is not necessary because the special ones are interesting, especially the ones which are not identified immediately. These photos just give you an idea. There are more photos available at www.dresdner-kameras.de, www.prakticy-collector.de or www.practica-b.org. More photos are in the mentioned book of Richard Hummel “Spiegelreflexkameras aus Dresden” (single lens reflex cameras from Dresden) and in the camera catalogues of G. Kadlubek. With the photo of the original model and the table indexes “Identical with Original Type” and “Variation of Original” the classification is almost certain.

2. Tables to Praktica-versions in different countries

 

2.1. Praktica-versions in the Netherlands

Type

Identical with Original Type

Rarity
1 very rare
2 rare
3 often

Variation of Original Type

Distribution: Orwo Foto BV, Hilversum, later Jenoptik Netherlands.
PENTOR = PENTACON + OR WO

PENTOR super TL

PRAKTICA super TL

3

some with mit black body-cap

PENTOR I B

PRAKTICA nova PL IB

2-3

PRAKTICA BC 3

PRAKTICA BC 1

1-2

ergonomical handle

© 2008 Heinz Schrauf, Solingen

Pentor super TL (Praktica super TL)
Pentor I B (Praktica nova PL IB)

Pentor I B (Praktica nova PL IB)

Pentor super TL (Praktica super TL)

Pentor super TL with black body-cap (Praktica super TL) Praktica BC 3 (Praktica BC 1)

Pentor super TL with black body-cap (Praktica super TL)

Praktica BC 3 (Praktica BC 1)

 

2.2. Praktica-versions in Australia (Hanimex)

Type

Identical with Original Type

Rarity
1 very rare
2 rare
3 often

Variation of Original Type

Distribution: HANIMEX, Sydney Australien
HANIMEX = HANNES- IMPORT-EX PORT (see USA-versions too)

HANIMEX PRAKTICA nova

PRAKTICA nova

1+

none

© 2015 Heinz Schrauf, Solingen

Hanimex Praktica nova Hanimex Praktica nova

Hanimex Praktica nova

Hanimex Praktica nova

 

2.3.1. Praktica-versions in USA (Hanimex)

Type

Identical with Original Type

Rarity
1 very rare
2 rare
3 often

Variation of Original Type

Distribution: HANIMEX, Sydney Australien
HANIMEX = HANNES- IMPORT-EX PORT with agency in USA (see Australia too)

HANIMEX PRAKTICA TL

PRAKTICA super TL

2

none

HANIMEX PRO TL

1

HANIMEX PRAKTICA super TL

2

HANIMEX PRAKTICA nova I

PRAKTICA PL nova I

1

HANIMEX PRAKTICA nova IB

PRAKTICA PL nova IB

2

HANIMEX PRAKTICA mat

PRAKTICA mat

1

HANIMEX PRAKTICA L

PRAKTICA L

HANIMEX PRAKTICA LB

PRAKTICA LB

HANIMEX PRAKTICA LLC

PRAKTICA LLC

HANIMEX PRAKTICA LTL

PRAKTICA LTL

HANIMEX PRO L

PRAKTICA L

1+

HANIMEX PRO LTL

PRAKTICA LTL

© 2010 Heinz Schrauf, Solingen

Hanimex Praktica nova IB Hanimex Praktica nova IB (versions with different lettering)

Hanimex Praktica nova IB

Hanimex Praktica nova IB (versions with different lettering)

Hanimex Praktica nova I Hanimex Praktica nova I with sticker of Shutan Camera Co. Chicago

Hanimex Praktica nova I

Hanimex Praktica nova I with sticker of Shutan Camera Co. Chicago

Hanimex Praktica nova I (with different lettering) Hanimex Praktica nova I (with different lettering)

Hanimex Praktica nova I (with different lettering)

Hanimex Praktica nova I (with different lettering)

Hanimex Praktica TL (Praktica super TL)

Hanimex Praktica TL (Praktica super TL)

Hanimex Pro TL (Praktica super TL) Hanimex Praktica super TL

Hanimex Pro TL (Praktica super TL)

Hanimex Praktica super TL

Hanimex Praktica mat Hanimex Praktica L

Hanimex Praktica mat

Hanimex Praktica L

Hanimex Praktica LB Hanimex Praktica LB

Hanimex Praktica LB

Hanimex Praktica LB

Hanimex Praktica LLC
Hanimex Praktica LLC

Hanimex Praktica LLC

Hanimex Praktica LLC

Hanimex Praktica LLC

Probably some diverse types of Prakticas were existing with an additionally adhasive label during starting the sales activities by Hanimex. This label was replaced later by a more professional and embossed metal label in place of the Praktica lettering. This picture of a Praktica LLC may be an example.

Hanimex Praktica LTL
Hanimex Praktica LTL black

Hanimex Praktica LTL

Hanimex Praktica LTL black

Hanimex Pro L

Hanimex Pro L

Hanimex Pro LTL Hanimex Pro LTL

Hanimex Pro LTL

Hanimex Pro LTL

 

2.3.2. Praktica-versions in USA (various distributors)

Type

Identical with Original Type

Rarity
1 very rare
2 rare
3 often

Variation of Original Type

Distribution: various distributors, agencies, establishments

PRAKTICA FX

PRAKTICA (1st version with cast-on strap lugs, without flash sync.)

1-2

“FX” later engraved in changed letters; 3 FX flash sockets retrofitted

astra - 35 - FX

PRAKTICA (2nd version with screwed strap lugs)

1

none

Contica (and CONTICA)

1+

Reflex F-X

1+

PRAKTICA MX

PRAKTICA FX

1

not an U.S. variant,
see description

GRANTIKA

1+

none

MILLIFLEX

Kineflex F-X

Catalina

COLUMBIA 35

1

M-X

FX

FX 1954

FX 55

FX 56

RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX

PRAKTICA FX
(various flash-contact-varieties) 

1

KAWENDA

PRAKTICA FX

1+

none, 1 sample known only

PRAKTICA FX

PRAKTICA FX

1+

“Praktica FX”-label on “Praktica FX”-lettering, KW-Sign (on finder-hood) removed

PRAKTICA
(eventually for Canada too?)

PRAKTICA FX
(various flash-contact-varieties)  

1-2

engraved label, font straight

PRAKTICA
(eventually for Canada too?)

PRAKTICA FX
(various flash-contact-varieties) 

engraved label, font italic

PRAKTICA F.X 3

PRAKTICA F.X 2 
(1 or 2 flash-contacts)

partly blue KW-label on top-plate

Cavalier STL-I

PRAKTICA super TL

1

none

Cavalier SLR-II

PRAKTICA nova I

Cavalier SLR-III

PRAKTICA L

1+

SLR 1 JC Penney

PRAKTICA LB 2

1

SLR 2 JC Penney

PRAKTICA LTL

FOTICON

PRAKTICA LTL 3
(black)

FOTICON LTL 3

PRAKTICA LTL 3
(black)

FOTICON MTL 3

PRAKTICA MTL 3

PRAKTICA RTL ASTRO/MICRO CONVERTIBLE

PRAKTICA VLC 2

1+

none, mirror-lock-up with special cable-release, special finders

© 2011 Heinz Schrauf, Solingen

Praktica, FX later engraved and flash sync. retrofitted (Praktica, 1th version wit cast-on strap lugs) Praktica, FX later engraved and flash sync. retrofitted (Praktica, 1th version wit cast-on strap lugs)

Praktica, FX later engraved and flash sync. retrofitted (Praktica, 1th version wit cast-on strap lugs)

Praktica, FX later engraved and flash sync. retrofitted (Praktica, 1th version wit cast-on strap lugs)

astra - 35 - FX (Praktica) astra - 35 - FX (Praktica)

astra - 35 - FX (Praktica)

astra - 35 - FX (Praktica)

Contica (Praktica)

Contica (Praktica)

Reflex F-X (Praktica) Reflex F-X (Praktica)

Reflex F-X (Praktica)

Reflex F-X (Praktica)

Milliflex (Praktica FX) Milliflex (Praktica FX)

Milliflex (Praktica FX)

Milliflex (Praktica FX)

Kineflex F-X (Praktica FX)

Kineflex F-X (Praktica FX)

RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX  (Praktica FX)
RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX  (Praktica FX)

RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX (Praktica FX)

RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX (Praktica FX)

RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX  (Praktica FX) RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX  (Praktica FX)

RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX (Praktica FX)

RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX (Praktica FX)

RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX  (Praktica FX) RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX  (Praktica FX)

RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX (Praktica FX)

RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX (Praktica FX)

RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX  (Praktica FX)
RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX  (Praktica FX)

RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX (Praktica FX)

RIVAL 35 MX REFLEX (Praktica FX)

Praktica (Praktica FX, with Praktica-label, font straight) Praktica (Praktica FX, with Praktica-label, font italic)

Praktica (Praktica FX, with Praktica-label, font straight)

Praktica (Praktica FX, with Praktica-label, font italic)

FX (Praktica FX) FX 1954 (Praktica FX)

FX (Praktica FX)

FX 1954 (Praktica FX)

FX 55 (Praktica FX) GRANTIKA (Praktica FX)

FX 55 (Praktica FX)

GRANTIKA (Praktica FX)

PRAKTICA FX (Praktica FX) PRAKTICA FX (Praktica FX)

PRAKTICA FX (Praktica FX)

PRAKTICA FX (Praktica FX)

COLUMBIA 35 (Praktica FX) Distributor Burke & James, Chicago COLUMBIA 35 (Praktica FX) Distributor Burke & James, Chicago

COLUMBIA 35 (Praktica FX)
Distributor Burke & James, Chicago

COLUMBIA 35 (Praktica FX)
Distributor Burke & James, Chicago

Catalina (Praktica FX)

Catalina (Praktica FX)

M-X (Praktica FX) The M-X was retrofitted from Praktica FX to M-X from the Shutan Camera Co. Chicago.

M-X (Praktica FX)

The M-X was retrofitted from Praktica FX to M-X from the Shutan Camera Co. Chicago.

Praktica F.X 3 with blue KW-label on top-plate Praktica F.X 3 with blue KW-label on top-plate

Praktica F.X 3 with blue KW-label on top-plate

Praktica F.X 3 with blue KW-label on top-plate

Cavalier SLR II (Praktica nova I) Cavalier STL I (Praktica super TL)

Cavalier SLR II (Praktica nova I)

Cavalier STL I (Praktica super TL)

Cavalier SLR III (Praktica L) Cavalier SLR III (Praktica L)

Cavalier SLR III (Praktica L)

Cavalier SLR III (Praktica L)

SLR 1 JCPenney (Praktica LB 2) SLR 2 JCPenney (Praktica LTL)

SLR 1 JCPenney (Praktica LB 2)

SLR 2 JCPenney (Praktica LTL)

SLR 1 JCPenney (Praktica LB 2)

SLR 2 JCPenney (Praktica LTL)

Labels SLR JCPenney

Foticon (Praktica LTL 3) Foticon LTL 3 (Praktica LTL 3)

Foticon (Praktica LTL 3)

Foticon LTL 3 (Praktica LTL 3)

Foticon MTL 3 (Praktica MTL 3)

Foticon MTL 3 (Praktica MTL 3)

Praktica RTL Astro/Micro Convertible (Praktica VLC 2) Praktica RTL Astro/Micro Convertible (Praktica VLC 2)

Praktica RTL Astro/Micro Convertible (Praktica VLC 2)

Praktica RTL Astro/Micro Convertible (Praktica VLC 2)

Praktica RTL Astro/Micro Convertible (Praktica VLC 2) - patented pneumatic Mirror-Lockup Unit Praktica RTL Astro/Micro Convertible (Praktica VLC 2) - patented pneumatic Mirror-Lockup Unit

Praktica RTL Astro/Micro Convertible (Praktica VLC 2) - patented pneumatic Mirror-Lockup Unit

 

2.4. Praktica-versions in France

Type

Identical with Original Type

Rarity
1 very rare
2 rare
3 often

Variation of Original Type

Distribution: Orwo Foto BV, Hilversum, later Jenoptik The Netherlands.
PENTOR = PENTACON + OR WO

PRAKTICA PENTOR LTL

PRAKTICA LTL

1-2

none

PRAKTICA PENTOR 2 LTL

PRAKTICA LTL

PRAKTICA PENTOR 3 LTL

PRAKTICA LTL 3

PRAKTICA 1000

PRAKTICA LTL / LTL 3 (black)

1+

PRAKTICA PENTOR MTL 3

PRAKTICA MTL 3

1-2

PRAKTICA BC auto

PRAKTICA B 100

chrome body-cap and bottom

© 2015 Heinz Schrauf, Solingen

Praktica Pentor 2 LTL (Praktica LTL) Praktica Pentor 2 LTL (Praktica LTL)

Praktica Pentor 2 LTL (Praktica LTL)

Praktica Pentor 2 LTL (Praktica LTL)

Praktica Pentor 2 LTL (Praktica LTL) Praktica Pentor 3 LTL (Praktica LTL 3)

Praktica Pentor 2 LTL (Praktica LTL)

Praktica Pentor 3 LTL (Praktica LTL 3)

Praktica Pentor 3 LTL (Praktica LTL 3) Praktica Pentor MTL 3 (Praktica MTL 3)

Praktica Pentor 3 LTL (Praktica LTL 3)

Praktica Pentor MTL 3 (Praktica MTL 3)

Praktica 1000 (Praktica LTL) Praktica 1000 (Praktica LTL 3)

Praktica 1000 (Praktica LTL)

Praktica 1000 (Praktica LTL 3)

Praktica BC auto (Praktica B 100) Praktica BC auto (Praktica B 100)

Praktica BC auto (Praktica B 100)

Praktica BC auto (Praktica B 100)

 

2.5. Praktica-versions in Great-Britain

Type

Identical with Original Type

Rarity
1 very rare
2 rare
3 often

Variation of Original Type

Distribution: Carl Zeiss Jena Ltd., London, agency of Kombinat Carl Zeiss Jena in GB

pentacon SR. 35

PENTAFLEX SL

1+

none

PRAKTICA L2

PRAKTICA L2

1+

half-frame for english police, see pictures

PRAKTICA TL 3

PRAKTICA super TL 1000

2-3

none

PRAKTICA MTL 3
(the number 3 is peaked at the top)

1

PRAKTICA NOVA II

1-2

PRAKTICA PM 3

PRAKTICA PLC 3

1

PRAKTICA PM 3

PRAKTICA super TL 1000

PRAKTICA PM 3

PRAKTICA MTL 5 B

PRAKTICA MTL 5B

PRAKTICA MTL 5 B

1+

PRAKTICA TL 5B

PRAKTICA MTL 5 B

2-3

PRAKTICA MTL NOVA B

PRAKTICA MTL 5 B

1

PRAKTICA super TL 1000

PRAKTICA super TL 1000

PRAKTICA MTL 5

PRAKTICA super TL 1000

JENAFLEX AM-1

PRAKTICA BC 1
(1st version, ASA-setting knob of metal)

2

ergonomical handle, flash-time

JENAFLEX AM-1

PRAKTICA BC 1
(2nd version, ISO-setting knob of plastics)

PRAKTICA B 200 S

PRAKTICA B 200

1

red letter “S”, see remarks in text

PRAKTICA BCX

PRAKTICA B 200

chrome, flash-contacts like B 200

PRAKTICA BCX

PRAKTICA BC 1

black, flash-contacts like BC 1

PRAKTICA B 200

PRAKTICA B 200
(smooth leatherette)

chrome body-cap and bottom

PRAKTICA B 200

PRAKTICA B 200
(noppy leatherette)

1+

chrome body-cap and bottom

JENAFLEX AC-1

PRAKTICA BCA

2

ergonomical handle

© 2013 Heinz Schrauf, Solingen

pentacon SR. 35 (Pentaflex SL)
pentacon SR. 35 (Pentaflex SL)

pentacon SR. 35 (Pentaflex SL)

pentacon SR. 35 (Pentaflex SL)

Praktica L2 (half-frame for english police)
Praktica L2 (half-frame for english police)

Praktica L2 (half-frame for english police)

Praktica L2 (half-frame for english police)

Praktica with blank body-cap for Great Britain

Praktica with blank body-cap for Great Britain

Stickers for Praktica-distribution
in Great-Britain
(notice the notch for top-plate-screw)

Original Type
 

Sticker
 

Praktica super TL 1000

Praktica super TL 1000

Praktica PLC 3 /
Pr. super TL 1000 /
Praktica MTL 5 B

Praktica MTL 5 B

Praktica MTL 5 B

Praktica MTL 5 B

Praktica super TL 1000

Praktica super TL 1000

Praktica PM 3 (Praktica PLC 3)
Praktica PM 3 (Praktica MTL 5)

Praktica PM 3 (Praktica PLC 3)

Praktica PM 3 (Praktica MTL 5 B)

Praktica TL 3 (Praktica super TL 1000) Praktica TL 3 (Praktica super TL 1000)

Praktica TL 3 (Praktica super TL 1000)

Praktica TL 3 (Praktica super TL 1000)

Praktica nova II (Praktica super TL 1000)
Praktica MTL 5 (Praktica super TL 1000)

Praktica nova II (Praktica super TL 1000)

Praktica MTL 5 (Praktica super TL 1000)

Praktica super TL 1000 (Praktica super TL 1000)
Praktica super TL 1000 (Praktica super TL 1000)

Praktica super TL 1000 (Praktica super TL 1000)

Praktica super TL 1000 (Praktica super TL 1000)

Praktica with MTL 3 engraved (Praktica super TL 1000)
Praktica with MTL 3 engraved (Praktica super TL 1000)

Praktica with MTL 3 engraved (Praktica super TL 1000)

Praktica with MTL 3 engraved (Praktica super TL 1000)

Praktica TL 5B (Praktica MTL 5B)

Praktica TL 5B (Praktica MTL 5 B)

Praktica MTL 5B (Praktica MTL 5B)
Praktica MTL 5B (Praktica MTL 5B)

Praktica MTL 5B (Praktica MTL 5 B)

Praktica MTL 5B (Praktica MTL 5 B)

Praktica MTL NOVA B (Praktica MTL 5 B)
Praktica MTL NOVA B (Praktica MTL 5 B)

Praktica MTL NOVA B (Praktica MTL 5 B)

Praktica MTL NOVA B (Praktica MTL 5 B)

Praktica B 200 S
Praktica BCX chrome (Praktica B200)

Praktica B 200 S

Praktica BCX chrome (Praktica B200)

Praktica BCX black (Praktica BC 1)
Praktica BCX black (Praktica BC 1)

Praktica BCX black (Praktica BC 1)

Praktica BCX black (Praktica BC 1)

Praktica B 200 chrome with noppy leatherette
Praktica B 200 chrome with smooth leatherette

Praktica B 200 chrome with noppy leatherette

Praktica B 200 chrome with smooth leatherette

Jenaflex AM-1 (Praktica BC 1, 1th version, ASA-setting knob and rewind-crank of metal)
Jenaflex AM-1 (Praktica BC 1, 2nd version, ISO-setting knob and rewind-crank of plastics)

Jenaflex AM-1 (Praktica BC 1, 1st version, ASA-setting knob and rewind-crank of metal)

Jenaflex AM-1 (Praktica BC 1, 2nd version, ISO-setting knob and rewind-crank of plastics)

Jenaflex AC-1 (Praktica BCA)

Jenaflex AC-1 (Praktica BCA)

 

2.6. Praktica-versions in Italy

Type

Identical with Original Type

Rarity
1 very rare
2 rare
3 often

Variation of Original Type

Distribution: PENTACON ITALIA, Avegno (Genova)

PRAKTICA MTL 3

PRAKTICA MTL 3

1+

none,
label CATTANEO

PRAKTICA B 100

PRAKTICA B 100

1+

none,
label CATTANEO

PRAKTICA B 200

PRAKTICA B 200

1+

chrome or black,
label CATTANEO

PRAKTICA B 100

PRAKTICA B 100
(smooth leatherette)

1

chrome or black,
all with label PENTACON ITALIA, in part blank label, see description

PRAKTICA B 200

PRAKTICA B 200
(smooth leatherette)

PRAKTICA BCA

PRAKTICA BCA

1-2

none,
all with label PENTACON ITALIA, in part blank label, see description            

PRAKTICA BMS

PRAKTICA BMS

PRAKTICA BX 20

PRAKTICA BX 20

PRAKTICA BC 1

PRAKTICA BC 1
(1st version, ASA-setting knob of metal)

PRAKTICA BC 1

PRAKTICA BC 1
(2nd version, ISO-setting knob of plastics)

PRAKTICA super TL 1000

PRAKTICA super TL 1000

1-2

PRAKTICA MTL 5

PRAKTICA MTL 5

PRAKTICA MTL 5 B

PRAKTICA MTL 5 B

© 2013 Heinz Schrauf, Solingen

label CATTANEO (embossed) label CATTANEO (printed) label PENTACON ITALIA blank label (loss of the colour layer)

labels CATTANEO (embossed), CATTANEO (printed), PENTACON ITALIA and blank label

Praktica MTL 3 with label Cattaneo Praktica MTL 3 with warranty-stickers Cattaneo

Praktica MTL 3 with label Cattaneo

Praktica MTL 3 with warranty-stickers Cattaneo

Praktica super TL 1000 with label Pentacon Italia Praktica MTL 5 with label Pentacon italia

Praktica super TL 1000 with label Pentacon Italia

Praktica MTL 5 with label Pentacon italia

Praktica MTL 5 B with label Pentacon Italia Praktica MTL 5 B with warranty-sticker Pentacon Italia

Praktica MTL 5 B with label Pentacon Italia

Praktica MTL 5 B with warranty-sticker Pentacon Italia

Praktica B 100 with printed label Cattaneo Praktica B 100 with blank label

Praktica B 100 with printed label Cattaneo

Praktica B 100 with blank label

Praktica B 200 with embossed label Cattaneo (1th version with quick-release-lever of metal) Praktica B 200 with printed label Cattaneo (2nd version with quick-release-lever of plastics)

Praktica B 200 with embossed label Cattaneo (1th version with quick-release-lever of metal)

Praktica B 200 with printed label Cattaneo (2nd version with quick-release-lever of plastics)

Praktica B 200 chrome with label Cattaneo

Praktica B 200 chrome with label Cattaneo

Praktica B 200 mit warranty-sticker Cattaneo

Praktica B 200 with warranty-sticker Cattaneo

Praktica B 200 chrome with label Pentacon Italia Praktica B 200 chrome with blank label

Praktica B 200 chrome with label Pentacon Italia

Praktica B 200 chrome with blank label

Praktica BCA with label Pentacon Italia Praktica BMS with label Pentacon Italia

Praktica BCA with label Pentacon Italia

Praktica BMS with label Pentacon Italia

Praktica BC 1 (1st version) with label Pentacon Italia Praktica BC 1 (2nd version)  with label Pentacon Italia

Praktica BC 1 (1st version) with label Pentacon Italia

Praktica BC 1 (2nd version) with label Pentacon Italia

Praktica BX 20 with label Pentacon Italia

Praktica BX 20 with label Pentacon Italia

 

2.7.1. Praktica-versions in Federal Republic of Germany (Quelle)

Type

Identical with Original Type

Rarity
1 very rare
2 rare
3 often

Variation of Original Type

Distribution: QUELLE Versandhaus, Fuerth (name and location of sales company),
Brand of photo-products: REVUE

REVUE FX4

PRAKTICA nova PL I B

1

possibly prototypes, possibly small serial-production

REVUE flex SL

PRAKTICA super TL

2

none

REVUE flex S 200

PRAKTICA L 2

-

prototypes, planned production, top-plate (roof-prism-cap) modified

REVUE flex SL 201

PRAKTICA LB 2

REVUE flex TL 202

PRAKTICA LTL 3

REVUE flex reflex BL

PRAKTICA LB

1-2

none

REVUE flex TL I

PRAKTICA MTL 3

3

top-plate (roof-prism-cap) modified

REVUE flex TL 25
1st / 2nd version

PRAKTICA MTL 3 /
MTL 5

2

REVUE flex reflex TL

PRAKTICA LTL

none

REVUE ML
1st / 2nd version

PRAKTICA MTL 5 /
MTL 5 B

3

black body-cap and bottom

REVUE BC 2

PRAKTICA BMS

2

none

© 2008 Heinz Schrauf, Solingen

REVUE FX4 (Praktica nova PL I B) REVUE FX4 (Praktica nova PL I B) Leather-Embossing “Made in Germany (East)”

REVUE FX4 (Praktica nova PL I B)

REVUE FX4 (Praktica nova PL I B) Leather-Embossing “Made in Germany (East)”

REVUE flex SL (Praktica super TL) REVUE flex reflex BL (Praktica LB)

REVUE flex SL (Praktica super TL)

REVUE flex reflex BL (Praktica LB)

REVUE flex reflex TL (Praktica LTL) REVUE BC 2 (Praktica BMS)

REVUE flex reflex TL (Praktica LTL)

REVUE BC 2 (Praktica BMS)

 

2.7.2. Praktica-versions in Federal Republic of Germany (Photo-Porst)

Type

Identical with Original Type

Rarity
1 very rare
2 rare
3 often

Variation of Original Type

Distribution: PHOTO-PORST Versandhaus, Nuremberg (name and location of sales company)

PORST FX 2 reflex

PRAKTICA FX 2

2-3

none

PORST reflex FX 3

PENTAFLEX SL

PORST FX 4

PRAKTICA nova PL I B

3

PORST reflex FX 6

PRAKTICA super TL

none, black or chrome

PORST reflex CX 3

PRAKTICA L

2

top-plate (roof-prism-cap) modified

PORST reflex CX 4

PRAKTICA LB 2

2-3

PORST reflex CX 6

PRAKTICA LTL

3

PORST reflex CX 8

PRAKTICA LLC

-

prototype, planned production, top-plate (roof-prism-cap) modified

© 2008 Heinz Schrauf, Solingen

PORST FX 2 reflex (Praktica FX 2) PORST reflex FX 3 (Pentaflex SL)

PORST FX 2 reflex (Praktica FX 2)

PORST reflex FX 3 (Pentaflex SL)

PORST FX 4 (Praktica nova PL I B) PORST Reflex FX 6 (Praktica super TL)

PORST FX 4 (Praktica nova PL I B)

PORST Reflex FX 6 (Praktica super TL)

PORST reflex CX 4 (Praktica LB 2)

PORST reflex CX 4 (Praktica LB 2)

PORST reflex CX 6 (Praktica LTL)

PORST reflex CX 6 (Praktica LTL)

 

2.7.3. Praktica-versions in Federal Republic of Germany (Ringfoto)

Type

Identical with Original Type

Rarity
1 very rare
2 rare
3 often

Variation of Original Type

Distribution: RINGFOTO Versandhaus und Handelskette, Fuerth (name and location of sales company)

PRAKTICA autoreflex S

PRAKTICA L

2

none

PRAKTICA autoreflex SL

PRAKTICA LB

PRAKTICA autoreflex S-TL

PRAKTICA LTL

© 2008 Heinz Schrauf, Solingen

Praktica autoreflex S (Praktica L) Praktica autoreflex SL (Praktica LB)

Praktica autoreflex S (Praktica L)

Praktica autoreflex SL (Praktica LB)

Praktica autoreflex S-TL (Praktica LTL)

Praktica autoreflex S-TL (Praktica LTL)

 

2.7.4. Praktica-versions in Federal Republic of Germany (Beroflex)

Type

Identical with Original Type

Rarity
1 very rare
2 rare
3 often

Variation of Original Type

Distribution: Beroflex AG, Berlin

various models
a. o. Praktica B 100, B 200, BC 1, BX 20

2

none, Beroflex-warranty-sticker with sales-office and -year in film-spool-chamber (see description)

© 2008 Heinz Schrauf, Solingen

Praktica B 200 with Beroflex-warranty-sticker Praktica B 200 with Beroflex-warranty-sticker(here: sales-office Bad Kissingen, sales-year 1980)

Praktica B 200 with Beroflex-warranty-sticker

Praktica B 200 with Beroflex-warranty-sticker (here: sales-office Bad Kissingen, sales-year 1980)

 

2.7.5. Praktica-versions in Federal Republic of Germany (various)

Type

Identical with Original Type

Rarity
1 very rare
2 rare
3 often

Variation of Original Type

Distributor unknown

PRAKTICA VLC 2

PRAKTICA VLC 2

1+

half-frame for police of West-Germany, see pictures

PRAKTICA MTL 3

PRAKTICA MTL 3

© 2009 Heinz Schrauf, Solingen

Praktica VLC 2 (half-frame for police of West-Germany, mugshot photography)

Praktica VLC 2 (half-frame), modified counter

Praktica VLC 2 (half-frame for police of West-Germany, mugshot photography)

Praktica VLC 2 (half-frame), format-restriction marked on focusing-screen

Praktica MTL 3 (half-frame for police of West-Germany, mugshot photography)

Praktica MTL 3 (half-frame), modified counter

 

2.8. Praktica-versions in Switzerland

Type

Identical with Original Type

Rarity
1 very rare
2 rare
3 often

Variation of Original Type

for Hausamann & Co. AG, Zurich

PRAKTICA nova
SP. F. SWITZERLAND

PRAKTICA nova

1+

Sticker “SP. F. SWITZERLAND” at the bottom and sticker “Hausamann & Co. AG” in the camera

PRAKTICA mat
SP. F. SWITZERLAND

PRAKTICA mat

© 2010 Heinz Schrauf, Solingen

Praktica nova SP. F. SWITZERLAND Praktica nova SP. F. SWITZERLAND with sticker "Hausamann & Co. AG"

Praktica nova SP. F. SWITZERLAND

Praktica nova SP. F. SWITZERLAND with sticker "Hausamann & Co. AG”

 

2.9. Praktica-versions in Japan

Type

Identical with Original Type

Rarity
1 very rare
2 rare
3 often

Variation of Original Type

Distribution: Schneider Feinwerktechnik, Dresden

PRAKTICA BX 20 s
(black)

PRAKTICA BX 20 s
(black)

1

without Brand “Schneider” on bottom-cap; release-socket, release-pin und snap-in-disc made from brass not steel (climatic resistance)

PRAKTICA BX 20 s
(black)

PRAKTICA BX 20 s
(black)

1

Brand “Schneider” on bottom-cap; release-socket, release-pin und snap-in-disc made from brass not steel (climatic resistance)

© 2012 Heinz Schrauf, Solingen

Praktica BX 20 S - Comparisation of the regular (left) and the Japan (far-east) -variant (right)
Praktica BX 20 S with “Schneider” brand name

Praktica BX 20 S with “Schneider” brand name

Praktica BX 20 S - Comparisation of the regular (left) and the Japan (far-east) -variant (right). Japan-variant: release-socket, release-pin und snap-in-disc made from brass not steel (climatic resistance).

2.10. worldwide Praktica-versions for export

Type

Identical with Original Type

Rarity
1 very rare
2 rare
3 often

Variation of Original Type

 

PRAKTIFLEX FX

PRAKTICA

3

see description

PRAKTICA FX 3

PRAKTICA FX 2

PRAKTICA
"no name"

PRAKTICA nova

1-2

PRAKTICA
"no name"

PRAKTICA PLC 3

© 2008 Heinz Schrauf, Solingen

Praktiflex FX (Praktica FX) Praktiflex FX, service-version with prism-attachment

Praktiflex FX (Praktica FX)

Praktiflex FX, service-version with prism-attachment

Praktica FX 3 (Praktica FX 2)

Praktica FX 3 (Praktica FX 2)

Praktica “no name” (Praktica nova) Praktica “no name” (Praktica nova)

Praktica “no name” (Praktica nova)

Praktica “no name” (Praktica nova)

3. Mysterious - manuals but no adequate cameras

Very mysterious are the following manuals because no adequate camera was found until today. It’s to be assumed that at the point of printing time nobody knows what will be the basic type of Praktica. So - I think in these cases dealers marketing people were ahead of the production in Dresden.

Manual of Porst Reflex FX 4 P
Manual of Porst Reflex FX 4 P

Manual of Porst Reflex FX 4 P

Manual of Porst Reflex FX 4 P

Manual of Revue ML
Manual of Revue ML

Manual of Revue ML; but pictured is Revueflex TL 1

Manual of Jenaflex BX 20 Manual of Jenaflex BX 20

Manual of Jenaflex BX 20

Manual of Jenaflex BX 20

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