Exakta RTL 1000 - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Exakta RTL 1000

1970

Kombinat VEB Pentacon

Dresden

German Democratic Republic

Image of Exakta RTL 1000

Lens:
f1.8, 5 cm Oreston, fully automatic iris diaphragm (FAD) to f16. Depth-of-field scale. Automatic/manual switch. Depth-of-field preview button. Bayonet mount. Serial no. 5803825 .

Shutter:
Metal focal-plane shutter, speeds 8s - 1/1000, B. Delayed action. Flash Synchronisation.

Construction:
Metal body.

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

Focusing:
Helical to 0.93 metre.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Split-image focusing screen with condenser. Removable roof pentaprism view-finder.
Film speed reminder dial scaled: 9 - 33 DIN, 6 - 1600 ASA. Auto-stop on film advance. Film advance tensions the shutter.

Serial Number:
269821 .

With:

  • TTL meter pentaprism. 9 - 30 DIN, 6 - 800 ASA. Serial no. 03823.
  • Right-angle finder. Eyesight adjustment. Grey box.
  • Focusing magnifier. Grey box.
  • Lens cap. Ever-ready case.

Produced by Pentacon, the RTL 1000 was a modification of the new Praktica cameras that were being introduced; an Exakta in name only. An internal diaphragm release was fitted to the camera and lenses, an auxiliary shutter release was fitted in the old, left-hand, Exakta position enabling older lens fittings to be used.

TTL meter pentaprism
This is the earlier version of the meter pentaprism with an on/off indicator on the top plate. Readings were taken at either full aperture, the aperture then being manually set on the lens, or at the working aperture, the lens diaphragm being used to align the needle. The meter coupled to the shutter speed setting knob. Readings were correct for the microprism with annular ground glass surround focusing screen, for other screens the film speed dial was adjusted to give accurate readings. A multi-purpose dial on the top plate was used to align the meter needle in open-aperture mode, to set the maximum aperture of the lens and to set the film speed. Its use is not intuitive.

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