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My camerapaedia: Praktica MTL3

A description of my camera collection, one camera at a time.

Photo by stratski

What?
SLR with shutter speeds from 1 to 1/1000 sec, plus B. It´s got a battery powered light meter integrated in the mirror consisting of a needle in the viewfinder that can point to + (overexposed), 0 (correct exposure) or – (underexposed).

When?
1978-1984

How
Queens day flea market.

Well?
This is my default SLR. I have a few more (when everyone switched to digital, you could get them for next to nothing at the better flea markets), but this is my favourite one. No particular reason, it just is. It’s a bit light leaky (I keep meaning to fix that, but never get around to it), but otherwise in perfect working condition. It’s heavy and solid like a tank, and I love the loud CLICK! it makes when I take a picture. It has a light meter, but since the battery is flat, I haven’t used it. I have several lenses that fit it:

- a Pentacon 1.8/50 lens: this is my default lens and goes from f1.8 to f16, and can focus from 0,33m to infinite.
- a Domiplan 2.8/50 lens: f 2.8 to f22; 0,27m tot infinity
- a Meyer Optik Oreston 1.8/50 lens: f1.8 to f16, 0,33 to infinity. A friend gave it to me. It’s got a slightly tinted B&W filter attached that I can’t get off.
- a Pentacon 1:1.2.8 f=28 wide angle lens: pics with this lens tend to be unsharp. I don’t know if it’s just me, or the lens. Probably me.
- a Pentor 1:28 135mm zoom lens: f2.8 to f22; 1,4m to infinite.
- a Soligor 1:6.3 400mm tele lens: f6.3 to f32, 6,5m to infinite. Another flea market find. It’s about 30cm long, quite heavy, and almost impossible to use without a sturdy tripod (which I haven’t got). It does look extremely cool.

I also have several filters that fit one or more of these lenses. UV, B&W, yellow, green, and two close up filters (2x and 3x).

I’m pretty hopeless with lenses. I’ve read about the differences a hundred times (I edit photography books for a living) but it doesn’t stick. I can tell the difference between zoom, wide angle and regular, and that’s about it. I usually just stick to my default lens, which takes nice pictures.

written by stratski

1 comment

  1. marcel2cv

    marcel2cv

    Nice article! Why didn't you write this one for the review-section?

    about 2 years ago · report as spam