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Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book

Roger Hicks is a well known photographic writer, author of The Rangefinder Book, over three dozen other photographic books, and a frequent contributor to Shutterbug and Amateur Photographer. Unusually in today's photographic world, most of his camera reviews are film cameras, especially rangefinders. See www.rogerandfrances.com for further background (Frances is his wife Frances Schultz, acknowledged darkroom addict and fellow Shutterbug contributor) .

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Old 12-03-2009   #1
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Praktina ?

I have noted that Roger has suggested a Praktina as being of Rangefinder style .
It was my Dad's 1957 Praktina FX which so fascinated me , but why do I find myself wanting one to complement my Conataxes - especially the Contax / Kiev IV ' hybrid which echoes the Praktina profile with waist level finder .
Maybe it's just those vintage lenses and the slides from the Pancolour which are just so familiar .

I would welcome any observations on the Praktina .

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Old 12-08-2009   #2
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Interesting design, but not particularly reliable. Tough to find good working East German cameras of that era.

I've had a fascination/love affair with Exaktas for over 30 years, and it's very tough to find a good working example of those. Exaktas are said to be the 'best' of the East German cameras - don't know if that's because they weren't part of the VEB Pentacon empire during their heyday of the 1950's. Of course, I could be debated on that point!
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