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The Praktica IV & V are 35mm film fixed pentaprism SLR, M42 mount cameras, introduced in 1959.

Praktica IV version 1 made by KW and all of the other models made by Pentacon.

ModelsEdit

Model infos are as to Mike's Praktica Collection

Praktica IVEdit

  • Based on the Praktica FX
  • There are two versions:
    • VERSION 1
    • Produced between 1959-60 with quantity about 15500 units
    • Made by KW with its bakellite stamp logo on front of the camera
    • Shutter: mechanically controlled horizontal-run rubberised cloth-blind type shutter with twin settings for fast and slow speeds
    • Winding: knob film advance, loose film take-up spool (plastic), rapid winder at the camera bottom
    • Frame counter: manual
    • VERSİON 2
    • Produced between 1960-64 with quantity about 30500 units
    • Made by Pentacon
    • KW stamp above the lens has been replaced by a metal piece
    • Pentacon logo on the back cover
    • Specifications are the same with version 1

Praktica IV BEdit

  • Produced between 1961-64 with quantity about 23500 units
  • With uncoupled meter, selenium cell at the pentaprism front, needle next to the rewind knob
  • Winding: knob film advance, loose film take-up spool (plastic), rewind with special fold-out lever for rewinding, rapid winder at the camera bottom

Praktica IV MEdit

  • Produced between 1961-64 with quantity about 19300 units
  • View finder: fixed eye-level view finder (SLR Pentaprism) with condenser type ground-glass focusing screen with split image range finder
  • Knob film advance, loose film take-up spool (plastic), rewind with special fold-out lever for rewinding, rapid winder at the camera bottom

Praktica IV BMEdit

  • Produced between 1961-64 with quantity about 23500 units
  • With uncoupled meter, selenium cell at the pentaprism front, needle next to the rewind knob
  • Fixed eye-level view finder (SLR Pentaprism) with condenser type ground-glass focusing screen with split image range finder

Praktica IV FEdit

  • Produced between 1963-66 with quantity 20445 units
  • Fresnel matte screen, with rangefinder split image microprism

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Lens release: simply screw counter clockwise
  • Focusing: Fresnel matte screen, with rangefinder split image microprism
  • Shutter: mechanically controlled horizontal-run rubberised cloth-blind type shutter with twin settings for fast and slow speeds
  • Speeds: 1/2-1/500 +B, setting: dial on the top plate, turns when cocking
  • Shutter release: on the right front of the camera, w/cable release socket
  • Cocking lever: rapid winder, also winds the film, on the bottom plate, supplemented by a conventional knob film-advance on the top plate.
  • Frame counter: plastic, manual reset
  • Viewfinder: fixed eye-level SLR Pentaprism with Fresnel-screen with split-image range finder and ground-glass ring
  • Mirror: not instant return
  • Re-wind knob: divided rewind knob as fold-out lever for re-winding
  • Re-wind release: knob on the top plate
  • Flash PC sockets: X- and F-sync with two flash coaxial sockets at the front of the camera
  • Memory dial: on the re-wind knob
  • Back cover: removable
  • Engraving on the back cover: Pentacon logo
  • Camera leg: beneath the lens flange
  • Tripod socket: 1/4"
  • Strap lugs
  • Body: metal; Weight: 796g

Praktica IV FBEdit

IV FB c.1964

Praktica IV FB c.1964

  • Produced between 1963-66 with quantity about 25000 units
  • With Fresnel matte screen, with rangefinder split image microprism and meter
  • Not instant return mirror
  • Fixed eye-level SLR pentaprism with Fresnel condenser type ground-glass focusing screen, with split image range finder and additional ground-glass ring
  • Selenium cell at the pentaprism front, needle next to the rewind knob

Praktica V FEdit

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Praktica V F

  • Produced between 1964-66 with quantity about 8700 units
  • With instant return mirror

Praktica V FBEdit

  • Produced between 1965-66 with quantity about 6300 units
  • With instant return mirror
  • Uncoupled selenium cell at the pentaprism front, needle next to the rewind knob

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