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    Hi, my colleague showed me a camera that my company owned and asked me if it can be sold off. I am suprised to see such an old camera. After inspection, the shutter still working, there is a leak in the battery compartment, no obvious handle marks and scratches on the body.

    I am thinking of keeping this camera.
    But fear the battery compartment cannot be serviced.

    Please tell me if it is worth.

    The camera is Praktica MTL 5.

    The link showed some information of the camera.

    Praktica MTL 5
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    One more think, can it be used without the battery???
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    Practika was a 'budget' range of SLR coupled (usually) with the low-end Zeiss Jena range of lenses.

    Likely you have to pay someone to take it away nowadays. Might as well keep!

    Batt is for metering IIRC - not sure if shutter was fully manual control. If no batt and can c-o-c-k and fire on all speeds, it's manual.
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    looks like a fully mechanical manual camera, should able to work without the battery, anyway, the mercury battery are hard to find nowadays, using Sunny f16 rule plus little experience, shouldn't have problem doing mental metering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    Practika was a 'budget' range of SLR coupled (usually) with the low-end Zeiss Jena range of lenses.

    Likely you have to pay someone to take it away nowadays. Might as well keep!

    Batt is for metering IIRC - not sure if shutter was fully manual control. If no batt and can c-o-c-k and fire on all speeds, it's manual.
    The shutter is fully manual control. The camera can fire prefectly, without the battery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    looks like a fully mechanical manual camera, should able to work without the battery, anyway, the mercury battery are hard to find nowadays, using Sunny f16 rule plus little experience, shouldn't have problem doing mental metering.
    Yap, that was what I am thinking.
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    you might want to test it out the shutter speeds -- may no longer be accurate. Prakticas were the Soviet tanks of the camera world, rough and ready but not very refined

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    omg, i used to have this away, during my national service, my Major gave it to me coz i am one of his favorite ^^

    but threw away liao, should have keep it.



    i had "pentax" manual SLR too, split focuing + manual focusing + manual coompensation...those days everything manual. but very fun...even loading of negative film was manual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin Francis View Post
    you might want to test it out the shutter speeds -- may no longer be accurate. Prakticas were the Soviet tanks of the camera world, rough and ready but not very refined
    Will do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninelives View Post
    omg, i used to have this away, during my national service, my Major gave it to me coz i am one of his favorite ^^

    but threw away liao, should have keep it.



    i had "pentax" manual SLR too, split focuing + manual focusing + manual coompensation...those days everything manual. but very fun...even loading of negative film was manual.
    Now I also shooting everything using manual.
    Using manual camera will make everything MANUAL.
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    I have this. It is basic and good. Most times you don't need 4 frames per second and 1/4000th sec shutter speed that you can get on other cameras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninelives View Post
    omg, i used to have this away, during my national service, my Major gave it to me coz i am one of his favorite ^^

    but threw away liao, should have keep it.



    i had "pentax" manual SLR too, split focuing + manual focusing + manual coompensation...those days everything manual. but very fun...even loading of negative film was manual.
    sounds like my minolta x300-s o.o the manual spilt focusing was irritating. must align eye properly etc etc and slowly adjust until both semicircle meet HAHAHA

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    TS, dont forget to buy a lightmeter first before using it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odyssey-Boy View Post
    TS, dont forget to buy a lightmeter first before using it.
    I already have a lightmeter.
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    My late father gave me a Seagull fully manual SLR. I pick up interest in photography then.

    I sold it and bought a Nikon. I think it had a Minolta mount.

    He told me that he used it to woo my mother... haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yappy
    My late father gave me a Seagull fully manual SLR. I pick up interest in photography then.

    I sold it and bought a Nikon. I think it had a Minolta mount.

    He told me that he used it to woo my mother... haha
    So did u do the same for your wife?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    So did u do the same for your wife?
    Like father like son.

    I did not know photography can do so much. I had a lot of attraction but ended up with my wife.

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