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Praktica VF

 

1964-1965

The first model with instant-return mirror and the standard geometrically arranged shutter speeds.

From a 1965 catalogue

A very good value 35 mm. single lens pentaprism reflex camera with fresnel screen. Eye-level viewing with new type split-image rangefinder. Instant return mirror. Leverwind film transport and shutter setting situated on base of camera. Focal plane shutter, speeds 1/250 - 1/500 sec. [Note: I think this is a misprint and this should probably read 1/2 - 1/500 sec.] and B. X and FP flash synchronisation. Interchangeable lens, screw fitting same as Edixa, Pentax etc. Provisions for fully automatic lenses.

Prices (1965)

With manual, pre-set 3 element f/2.9 50 mm. Meritar lens £34 19s. 6d.

With fully automatic 4 element f/2.8 50 mm. Domiplan £45 19s. 3d.

With fully automatic 4 element f/2.8 50 mm. Auto Tessar £57 19s. 6d.

Ever-ready case £3 19s. 6d.

An American advertisement (1965) gives the price as "under $160."

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