Saturday, April 11, 2009

Camera porn – Praktica MTL 5

I got a new camera!

An M42 screw mount camera from the now defunct German Democratic Republic (in general, Democratic Republics are anything but democratic).

*orgasms*
*squirts*


*grins*


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I have a bunch of screw-mount lenses for use of my DSLR, but I’ve always had this little itch for a fully mechanical screw mount camera body. There’s something particularly satisfying from turning knobs and aperture rings, cocking the shutter spring and releasing the shutter through a mechanical linkage.

Praktica cameras have a little oddity – the shutter release button protrudes from the front instead of being mounted on top of the body.



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As with a basic film camera, there are only four fundamental controls: focus, aperture, shutter speed and shutter release. The back view comes across as shockingly minimalist – there is no window to show the film canister’s markings, neither is there a slot to put notes indicating the film type you have loaded. Not to mention the comforting absence of buttons and LCDs heh.



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Now I have a new problem – my camera bag does not have enough space.

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13 Comments:

Blogger Yee Juinn said...

Ooh hoo. Looks so German, will it suddenly go "Hail Hitler" when a Mercedes goes past or when you're going pass war monuments "beklagen unser tuechtig zeugen"?

11:15 pm, April 11, 2009  
Blogger Atlasya said...

Ooo, that looks darn retro! Is it digital, or does it use film? And what are the specs?

1:25 pm, April 12, 2009  
Blogger Atlasya said...

Nvm, I just googled it. And how'd u manage to get your hands on one? Didn't they stop making it like 30 years ago?

1:27 pm, April 12, 2009  
Blogger Tan Yee Wei said...

Juinn:
Haha no la, thats after the War, in communist germany.

Char:
Not a trace of digital in it, its completely mechanical except for a battery powered light meter.

If that dies you can still operate it like normal: pull the winding lever to cock the shutter spring, set aperture and exposure speed by turning knobs, press shutter release to let it fly. Tadaa!

Actually there's a vibrant market for these cameras. In Australia, look for the Camera Trader mag (i think thats the name, the cover is always bright yellow), it's a cheap looking periodical printed on cheap paper, just choked FULL of classifieds. And there are camera flea markets too. Always makes me drool.

I got mine for 200 RMB (40 AUD). Imported things in China are a bit expensive; surely one can get it cheaper in Australia.

2:06 pm, April 12, 2009  
Blogger 陈一豪 said...

Can delete photo arr wtf?

5:51 pm, April 12, 2009  
Blogger k.t.x said...

wow cool. 200RMB is not expensive! very nice purchase. u very good at bargaining huh?

12:42 am, April 13, 2009  
Blogger Tan Yee Wei said...

Unfortunately, i suck at bargaining heh.

I was looking around several shops before settling on this particular place; others were selling for about 380.

8:53 am, April 13, 2009  
Blogger albert said...

HOT DAMN! The lower shutter release is sexy!

3:59 pm, April 13, 2009  
Blogger Tan Yee Wei said...

Haha glad to hear a vote of confidence.
I actually thought it was rather fugly, but then the other camera model easily available was the Pentax Spotmatic. A bit more expensive, and I was in the mood to stinge.

12:25 pm, April 14, 2009  
Blogger k.t.x said...

btw, i m still curious...does it includes d lense? i m still shock at the price u paid! hehe.

9:49 am, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Tan Yee Wei said...

Haha no, the price does not include ze lens. Decent lenses cost a fair bit these days (especially this 42mm screw mount variant) due to their popularity with DSLR users.

Perhaps you can try your luck here if you drop by in Guangzhou.

9:58 am, April 16, 2009  
Blogger k.t.x said...

no wonder!!!!! lolz. but still, what u paid for is like RM0.20 for wan tan mee, as a standard benchmark for measurement....hehe. good on u.

10:21 am, April 16, 2009  
Blogger Tan Yee Wei said...

=)

4:25 pm, April 16, 2009  

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