Pentacon Super SLR
Production period: October 1968 to January 1972
Number of Models: 2, including 1 prototyp
Number of produced items: 4,579
responsible constructor: Horst Strehle
The end of the production of Praktina IIA induced a intensive discussion under professional users about high end cameras from Pentacon. A comparable camera were not produced.
In 1963 began the development of a new system camera, which had a screw mount M42x1. These camera may be continue the Praktina series. The prototyp has the working name "Praktina N".
The finally developed camera has the name "Pentacon Super". The camera were presented at the Leipzig'er Autumn Fair in 1966. All lenses has the opportunity of light measurement with open aperture using the TTL-technique which was incorporated in the pentaprism.
Pentacon Super features:
The camera was very expensive (approx. 3000,-M - a secretary has a monthly salary of approx. 300,-M) but on the other hand the best system camera which was available worldwide.
The camera were used by Wladimir Shatalow on board of Sojus 4 into the space.
During the late sixties the demand to this camera drop down which results in the stop of production of the Pentacon Super. All efforts were focussed on the development and production of typical consumer cameras for amateurs.
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