Praktica L vintage SLR + Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm lens!


Praktica L vintage film SLR camera – gorgeous looking black version!

Comes with Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm lens

Quality – Made in Germany!

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Praktica L vintage film SLR s/n 137899 Carl Zeiss Tessar s/n 9245247
Made in Germany!


The Praktica L is the basic of the basics. It is a M42 mount fully manual and mechanical 35mm SLR with no light meter. The L is the first camera released in the BIG Praktica L-series family, manufactured by VEB Pentacon in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR/East Germany). Putting the word “big” in capital letters is in no way exaggerating the number of cameras in the Praktica L-series. In fact, there are more than 70 different cameras (to name a few: L, LLC, VLC, EE 2 and the MTL5 in my previous post) in the family including different models, variants within a specific model and export versions. The production years lasted from 1969 to 1989 (one year before the German reunification), spanning across four generations!

All cameras in the Pratkica L-series use a strong vertical-travel metal-blade shutter, solving the weakness of the cloth shutters used in many of the “pre-L” models. Almost all L-series cameras have mechanical shutters with speeds from 1 to 1/1000 seconds (some low-end models have top-speed at 1/500 seconds) and sync speed at 1/125 seconds. Thus, these models (including the the LLC’s which rely on electronics on the lens for meter-coupling) can all functoin without the battery (of course, with no metering). The only exception are the EE’s because they have a stepless electronically controlled shutter.

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Camera is in very good condition, all speeds work.


CARL ZEISS JENA Tessar 2.8/50mm – standard lens in M42 thread mount(Zenit, Pentax, Practika etc) – with appropriate adapters will work on modern DSLRs, mirrorless systems: Sony NEX, Olympus Pen, Panasonic G, Canon EOS M, Nikon 1, FujiFilm X-mount etc.

The lens has an Auto/Manual switch as well, but it doesn’t work well  – aperture has to me set in manual mode only.

Quality: Made in Germany!


Lens s/n 9245247 is good condition: lens barrel has some signs of use/age.
Glass is clean and clear, no fungus, no haze.
Has few micro scratches from wiping, few internal dust particles – but these will not affect pictures.

Mechanically is excellent, focusing is smooth.

Comes with lens cap, original case* and (rather short strap).

*Please note the case is missing the faster attaching the top cover to the half-case.



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