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Home > Classifieds > Astromart Classifieds > Cameras (FILM) > Classified #252544

For Sale: Practica East German 35mm SLR Camera [SOLD]

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This is an East German Practica 35mm SLR camera and short telephoto lense. I have used a camera like this one for years to take my film astrophotos. The camera I am selling is the spare camera I've kept for some time in case I ever needed a replacement. The picture below shows the camera I use (one on the left). Notice that I've fitted it with a 25mm Unitron eyepiece that I bought for $15 instad of the original focusing screen system using a .965-1.25 adapter. I carefully star focused it and my images are now always in perfectly focused. The camera and lense that is for sale is the one on the right.

What makes this camera so good for this job is it has a separate mirror lock-up, bulb position, perfect focus (once the modification discussed above is made), and accurate shutter. Even using an ON-1 with focusing screen, you cannot get as good a focuse as with this camera, once modified. It also doesn't need a T-adapter. The T-ring screws right into the lense opening as shown on the camera on the left.

The shutter and the speeds on this camera seem right on. Speeds are 1/2, 1/5, 1/10, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200, 1/500. The lense is actually a Sears 135mm f2.8 that came with the camera and is included. The camera seems perfect and very clean.

The best part is I only paid $60 for it and that is all I want for it now. The one I use has never acted up and there just doesn't seem to be any reason to keep this spare. You simply can't do anything in film astrophotography for that price, and the pictures I take with the one I modified are second to noone's. You just don't need any more camera than this, even on planets. Find a 25mm eyepiece and I'll help you modify this camera. I'll take some closeups on how I modified and focused mine and walk you through it. I do take PayPal. Fred

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