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| MTL 5 with the standard Pentacon 50mm/1.8 lens|
by the other Martin Taylor
The Praktica MTL5 was a 35mm SLR made in East Germany by Pentacon between 1983 and 1985. About 574,000 examples were built before the camera was upgraded slightly and replaced by the MTL 5 B. The camera features TTL exposure metering, triggered by a switch next to the front-mounted shutter release; this stops down the lens, and operates a needle-centring display on the right edge of the viewfinder. The meter is powered by a mercury battery fitted in the base, and its film speed set by lifting and rotating the shutter speed dial.
Interchangeable lenses are fixed with an M42 screw mount.