|Praktica TL3, front view|
lens: Meyer-Optik Görlitz Domiplan
focal length: 50 mm
apertures: f2.8 to f22
focus range: 0.75m to infinity
lens fitting: 42 mm thread
shutter: metal vertical focal plane
speeds: to 1/1000
flash: bulb or electronic
film size: 35 mm
|top and rear view|
Pressing the shutter release, you experience a significant resistance and then there is a loud and tactile 'clunk'. I had thought my Zenit E had a heavy action but this is much worse. I am hoping that most of this is the mirror slapping up and not the shutter.
The supplied lens is a Meyer Optik Domiplan f2.8 50mm lens. This is a triplet lens and a cheap option. I have yet to see the results of this lens but I have a 50mm Domiplan on my Exa IIa and that lens is fine. Available apertures are from f2.8 to f22 in 1/2 stop clicks.
Focussing is from 0.75m to infinity and the focussing scale is in feet as well as metres. The action is fairly stiff and changing the focus from near to far will result in the lens unscrewing rather than focussing. Hopefully, this is lack of use and will sort itself out with use rather than being down to physical damage.
30 April 2013:I now have the results of my test film. It is not good. There is a large light leak from the hinge end of the back. I have just removed the remains of the foam light seal and replaced it with a new piece of foam. Two frames out of the thirty six on the roll came out with no light damage. So, light damage apart, I am quite impressed - the Domiplan lens works fine even though it is only a triplet
|Waterside North, Lincoln|
|Triton Road, Lincoln|