Camera [Praktica VF]

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Praktica, Manufacturer
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Praktica VF camera- metal, plastic and glass frame. Praktica logo on reverse of camera, and 'PRAKTICA VF' stated on face of camera just above lense. Encased in a brown leather case with long thin strap, orange felt-like lining on interior, screw on bottom to allow user to screw camera into case, Praktica logo on case front.
Brief History
The Praktica VF, a 35mm SLR camera, is one of the last Praktica models produced with involvement from the original designers, Kino-Werke Dresden, who created the Praktica model in the late 1940s in the Dresden area.

The first 35mm SLR (single lens reflex) camera was manufactured in Dresden, Germany, by Ihagee in 1937, however one of the first models of SLR cameras was patented as early as 1861 by Thomas Sutton. Sutton introduced a mirror to redirect light rays entering through the lens to a horizontal ground-glass focusing surface, rather than the standard vertical surface.

35mm film for still cameras was adapted from 35mm motion picture film, short leftover lengths of which could be purchased cheaply. Cameras designed around this film were first introduced around 1914.
Credit Line
Praktica. 1964-1966. Camera [Praktica VF], 2006.365. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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