Praktica IV F - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Praktica IV F

1962

VEB Kamera und Kinowerke

Dresden

German Democratic Republic

Image of Praktica IV F

Lens:
f2.9, 50 mm Ludwig Meritar, pre-set iris diaphragm to f16. 42 mm screw mount.

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1/2 - 1/500, B. Flash synchronisation.

Construction:
Metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film held in cassette.

Focusing:
Helical to 2' 6".

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Roof pentaprism, split-image central spot on focusing screen, Fresnel condenser.
Film reminder dial.

With:

  • Instructions. Guarantee card. Box. Ever-ready case. Eye-cup.
  • Set of three Intermediate Rings (extension tubes), 7, 14 and 28 mm in length. Instructions.

The IV series of cameras were the first Prakticas to have a built-in pentaprism and lever film advance. The lever was situated on the base of the camera and was supplemented by a conventional knob film advance on the top plate.

There were several similar models:

  • IV appeared in 1959.
  • IV B with uncoupled meter. 1959.
  • IV M with split-image finder, 1962.
  • IV BM with uncoupled meter and split-image finder, 1962.
  • IV F with Fresnel and split-image finder, 1962.
  • IV FB with Fresnel, split-image finder and meter, 1962.
  • V F with instant return mirror, 1964.
  • V FB with instant return mirror and meter, 1964.

The speed dial has two ranges for high or slow speeds.

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