Trying out the new forum - I suggest "Modern Film Cameras" is a nice neutral term with lots of pleasing ambiguity. According to Wikipedia: 1969 PRAKTICA LLC is the first 35mm single-lens reflex camera with electrical diaphragm simulation between interchangeable lenses and camera body by VEB Pentacon. Now someone (namely me) will ask if this degree of simple electric connection qualifies the later Prakticas as the first cameras that qualify for this new forum? Of course, there had been meter linked more-or-less automatic cameras of one sort or another going back to before WWII. Yet there is something novel about the later Prakticas. There will be no doubt by anyone, I would guess that cameras like the Maxxum 7000. about which Wikipedia again says The Minolta MAXXUM 7000 (7000 AF in Europe) 35mm SLR camera was introduced in 1985. It marked a significant milestone in photography as it was the first camera to feature both integrated autofocus (AF) and motorised film advance, the standard configuration for later amateur and professional single lens reflex cameras. I would go so far as to say that the Maxxum 7000 is the "beau-ideal" of this new forum. The early Nikon AF cameras, the AF Canon FD camera, the early EOS, all are clear candidates regardless of where else they might fit in. But the Praktica? Can an M42 mount camera actually represent a milestone in the history of the 'electrification' of photography? After all it was made in Communist East Germany, and Lenin once said that Communism was land reform and electrification, didn't he? Here's lens reform and electrification, so? Anyhow, for your pleasure and edification I present the late state of "modern film cameras" in the Warsaw Pact. I have shot film through these cameras, but only test rolls for the shutter and so on, so this post will be only camera porn itself, not a ramble around my campus lake (cries of "awwww" or something like that). Here are an M42 "electric" Praktica EE2 camera and the next to the last model, sort of, of the Praktica line, the B-mount Praktica BX20.