Pentacon Super 35mm SLR Hummel Nr. 119 Kadlubek KWE 1060 Number produced: 4,579 Dr, Mike Otto's site:http://www.praktica-collector.de/Pentacon_Super.htm Capt. Jack's site: http://captjack.exaktaphile.com/praktina/Praktina Cameras.htm Production from October 1968 to January 1972 After the end of production of the Praktina IIA, a need was seen for a high end camera to complete with the better Japanese cameras. A prototype was developed which was originally designated "Praktina N," but by the time the model was shown at the Leipzig Fair of 1966, the name had been changed to Pentacon Super. The price was around 3000,-M Mike Otto says a secretary made about 300M a month at that time. The new, full system, camera was released at a time which unfortunately overlapped with the later versions of some of the worst cameras ever made by VEB Pentacon, the Praktica nova models (1964-68)}. In 1969, the very, very much better L series of Prakticas was started, but while the L-series sales might have been helped by the availability of the Super, the VEB Pentacon escutcheon had been smudged by the older series. The metal/cloth shutter developed for the Super was apparently adapted for the full metal shutter in the L series. The Pentacon Super was taken into space on the Soyuz 4 (Союз 4) mission. Waist-level and meter prism finders were available, together with a motor drive, bulk backs and many other accessories. The lenses were mostly essentially ordinary M42x1 Praktica-screw mount lenses to which a special pin necessary to trigger the open-aperture metering had been added. This was at least one of the features which required very high-precision construction and which made the camera expensive to produce. According to some lists, the following lenses with the special pin were at least planned, but it is not known that all were actually produced. I have seen posted examples of the 20mm and the 75mm on the www. * Zeiss Flektogon 4/20 mm * Zeiss Flektogon 2,8/35 mm * Zeiss Pancolar 1,8/50 mm * Zeiss Tessar 2,8/50 mm * Zeiss Pancolar 1,4/55 mm * Zeiss Pancolar 1,4/75 mm * Zeiss Biometar 2,8/80 mm * Zeiss Sonnar 3,5/135 mm * Zeiss Sonnar 2,8/180 mm * Zeiss Sonnar 4/300 mm The most common lens is probably the Pancolar 55mm f/1.4, but all of them are fairly expensive. Non-Super M42 lenses can be used in stop-down metering mode In 1999, a price realized at Christies (http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=1434965) for a kit with body, lenses, and motor was £345 ($574 at the time). For his example, Dr. Otto paid 800€. I paid US $393 plus $32 shipping for just the body in 2007. In the pictures that follow, I had to use a Pentacon Electric f/1.8 since the auto-diaphragm had failed on my Pancolar 50mm f/1.8 (a legacy no doubt from Meyer Optik). The film was just plain old Fuji Superia 200.