From 1979 catalogue
Praktica VLC3 specification from 1979 catalogue
Full aperture TTL metering by exclusive Electric
Diaphragm Control system.Standard pentaprism or interchangeable waist-level
finder and top magnifier. Standard microprism screen or choice of
six interchangeable screens. Swedish steel-bladed vertical focal plane
shutter speeded from 1 second to one-thousandth second, and B. Synchronises
up to 1/125th second with electronic flash. Film speed inset from
12 ASA (12 DIN) to 1600 ASA (33 DIN). Co-axial flash socket. (accessory
shoe optional). Angled shutter release. Self timer. Rapid wind-on
lever. Automatic exposure counter. PL automatic film loading system.
From an undated catalogue
Here the basic body design has been changed; the
PRAKTICA VLC3 has in place of the fixed built-in prism finder, interchangeable
finder attachments to give a choice of chestlevel reflex attachment,
prism attachment or magnifying attachment. Furthermore, the focussing
system of each finder attachment is interchangeable, so that choice
is between a simple field lens or one of the special ones. To further
increase the camera's versatility, it can be adapted to the individual
style of working. The automatic exposure control of this top model
emplys an internal measuriing system independent from the viewfinder
which can be used with all three finder attachments. A partially transparent
mirror acts as beam splitter and a light dividing system guides the
reflected rays to the condenser and finally to the photoresistant
cell. Exactly as with the PRAKTICA PLC3 the aperture values are electrically
transmitted from the lens to the light-metering system of the camera
so that on using lenses with electric diaphragm control, metering
takes place with full aperture and full brightness of the finder image.
Other PRAKTICA lenses may be used with stopped-down aperture metering.
Dimensions, with prism attachment and with PENTACON
auto f/1.8 50 mm. MC lens: 142 mm x 101 mm x 92 mm.
Weight, with prism attachment, with PENTACON auto
f/1.8 50 mm. MC lens and battery: 825 g.