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Praktica Nova

 

1965-1968

With new - smaller - camera body, lever-wind on top, hinged (not removable) back, self-zeroing exposure counter, and inclined release. Fresnel focusing screen. Viewfinder indication when shutter not set. In about 1966, the Nova was fitted with a microprism focusing screen; this appears to have replaced a split-image focusng screen. F and X sync through co-axial sockets on camera front. X sync is at about 1/40 sec. Bulb sync is at about 1/30 sec. This appears to be the first Praktica which breaks the flash circuit after the exposure has been made, rather than after the shutter has been rewound/film advanced. Therefore, it is safe to replace the flash bulb before or after advancing the film with the Nova, although not with any of the preceding models. Shutter release threaded for cable release and is lockable. Focal plane shutter with horizontally travelling cloth blinds. Shutter speeds can be selected before or after cocking the shutter but the shutter speed dial rotates both when film is advanced and after the shutter is released. Shutter speeds are 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8 sec., which use a set of delaying gears and which require the indicator knob to be set to the red triangle, plus 1/30 to 1/500 sec. There are no speeds available between 1/8 and 1/30.

1966 prices: with Meritar f/2.9 50 mm. maunal, pre-set lens £42 19s. 6d. With Domiplan f/2.8 50 mm. auto lens £49 19s. 6d. With Tessar f/2.8 50 mm. auto lens £59 19s. 6d.

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