Praktica Nova (no name version)

This camera has no name on it anywhere – in fact, no writing on it at all. The only clue to its identity is the Ernemann Tower embossed in the leatherette on the back. Ernemann was one of the four camera makers that merged in 1926 to form Zeiss Ikon. With the partition of GermanyContinue reading “Praktica Nova (no name version)”

Pentacon F (Contax F)

This is a ground breaking camera. This was the first modern 35 mm SLR camera (in the S version). SLR cameras have been around for a very long time and there were many SLR cameras that used glass plates rather than film. There were also earlier 35 mm SLR cameras – the Kine Exakta isContinue reading “Pentacon F (Contax F)”

Praktica F.X2

This is an early Praktica made by KW (Kamera Werkstätten) between 1958 and 1959 i.e. before the merging of East Germany’s camera makers into Pentacon. In many ways, this camera is much like what became the ‘standard’ SLR camera – such as Asahi’s Pentax and Nikon’s F. In other ways it shows its position inContinue reading “Praktica F.X2”

Wirgin Edixa-Mat Reflex mod B

I now own two Wirgin Edixa cameras. The other one is  simple viewfinder camera, the Edixa 1. This is a hefty, solid looking camera with a reputation for not being robust. It was made in Wiesbaden in West Germany between 1960 and 1962. The German heritage is very apparent in the styling – it has aContinue reading “Wirgin Edixa-Mat Reflex mod B”

Ihagee West – Exakta TL500

I do not intend to repeat the history of Ihagee here, suffice it to say that during the 1950s, 60s and 70s there were two Ihagee companies – the original Ihagee in Dresden that became absorbed into VEB Pentacon and a newer Ihagee West started by the original owner of the Dresden Ihagee (Johan Steenbergen)Continue reading “Ihagee West – Exakta TL500”

Pentax Spotmatic SP 1000

The Spotmatics were the first auto-exposure SLR – or, at least, the first successful auto-exposure SLR. They built on Pentax’s earlier success with the manual SLRs. Despite the name, the exposure system was not a spot system but was a centre weighted system. Asahi Pentax SP1000 lens: none supplied focal length:  n/a apertures: n/a focusContinue reading “Pentax Spotmatic SP 1000”