Praktica MTL3 SLR film camera, body only

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Praktica MTL3 film SLR camera

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Praktica MTL3 vintage film SLR
Made in Germany!

 

The Praktica MTL 3 is an East German SLR made by Pentacon, using the 42mm screw mount.

It was produced in high numbers between 1978 and 1984. It is said to be based on the LTL 3.

It’s a solidly made camera with some rather crude and advanced features.

 

The shutter

This is the best part about this camera. The MTL 3 has a metal curtain shutter. It moves vertically and is likely to work some 25 years after its production. (I have one that appears to be in full working order today in 2016) Speeds are B, then from 1 to 1/1000 sec. It has a separate position for use with electronic flash units; this is “about” 1/125 sec according to the camera’s manual. Its metal curtains are not known to get punctured easily as do cloth shutters.

Metering and Viewfinder

The MTL 3 has a metering system that is integrated in the mirror. This makes it important to handle the mirror with care, or rather, never to touch it at all. A needle on the right side of the viewfinder indicates the correct exposure; o is correct, + means overexposed, – underexposed. This metering system is the only battery-dependent system in the MTL 3. It takes a single 1.35v PX 625 mercury cell; without it, everything but the meter will continue to function. (The modern day replacement for the obsolete mercury battery is the MRB 625, available from WeinCell.) A switch next to the shutter release button stops down the lens and switches on the meter. This way, no battery power is wasted when the camera is not in use.

A black wedge on the left indicates the film has not yet been transported.

 

  • Produced 1978-1984 VEB Pentacon AG Dresden, Germany
  • Film type 135 (35mm)
  • Picture size 24 x 36mm
  • Weight 19.8oz (561.3g) body only; with auto Pentacon normal lens 26.6oz (754.1g)
  • Lens M42 screw-mount auto Pentacon 50mm 1.8-16
  • Filter size 49mm threaded
  • Shutter metal focal plane
  • Shutter speeds B, 1-1/1000, sync at 1/125
  • Viewfinder SLR (ground glass, microprism spot)
  • Exposure meter TTL CdS
  • ASA settings 12-1600
  • Battery PX625
  • Aperture preview button (activates meter)
  • front-mounted shutter release button
  • Hotshoe
  • fast wind lever

 

Read more.

 

Camera is in very good condition, all speeds work.

Meter works, new VARTA V625U installed!

 

Comes with battery as body only.

 

Download pdf manual here.

 

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