The first camera Practica was built in 1949 in the Company "Mechanic Werkstätten VEB Niedersedlitz Camera" - the company formerly known as "camera-Werkstätten Guthe and Thorsch GmbH". This company was founded in 1919 by Benno Thorsch and Paul Guthe in Dresden. In 1964 it ws transformed in VEB Pentacon in Dresden. In 1968, the conglomerate incorporated Feinoptisches VEB Werk Görlitz, Ihagee, Mentor and Certo. The Combine was one of the largest manufacturers of cameras in Europe. Mechanically controlled cameras were produced until 1990. Currently, under the brand name are manufactured Praktica digital cameras and camcorders.
I have a collection of several Praktica cameras, including the oldest model of 1949 (a beautifully preserved), and Praktina Pentacon F and IIA.
At present, no museum presenting the old Pentacon production is in operation in Dresden. I was there and I did not find ...
- http://www.praktica-collector.de/ by PhD Mike Otto
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- https://www.butkus.org/chinon/index.html user manuals in PDF or HTML
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