The first Praktica was built in 1949 by the Company "Mechanik Kamera Werkstätten VEB
Niedersedlitz" which was founded as "Kamera-Werkstätten Guthe & Thorsch GmbH" 1919 by Benno Thorsch and Paul
Guthe in Dresden.
In 1989 the Berlin wall was down; the GDR was no more; and a great
name was soon fade into history. The famous Pentacon factory in Dresden
was shortly closed and with it, unless something unexpected happens, the
end of the Praktica SLR.
The following pages contain some information about the history of
the Praktica cameras as well as the history of Pentacon Dresden the
company which has designed the Praktica SLR 's for 31 years. At the end of
this time, on October 2, 1990, Pentacon Dresden was the largest and famous
German camera producer. The market share of Pentacon was at this time 5%
in Germany, 12% in France, 24% in United Kingdom and 30% in the
My collection contains today 324 different cameras such as Praktica
cameras as well as their precursors
visitors since 07-20-1998
I'm interested on all Praktica models as well as
Pentacon Six-, Praktiflex-, Contax-SLR-, Praktina-, Pentina, Pentacon
Super-cameras which are not included in my collection today.
I'm only a collector and not a seller
of Praktica cameras!