BC1 35mm SLR Camera


Praktica

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3 Reviews  

Average Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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Robert J. Rhodes 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/28/2006 3:47:38 PM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/28/2006 3:47:38 PM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/28/2006 3:47:38 PM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/28/2006 3:47:38 PM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/28/2006 3:47:38 PM
Rating: 4 out of 5
I like this camera as i have never realy liked the feel of lighter cameras and the praktica is a comfortable weight for me, it isnt as complicated as the newer SLR's and i find the functions that the camera contains are suficient for my level of amiture photography.
2/28/2006 3:47:38 PM
 
Joe S. Cullin 1.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/8/2005 11:14:28 PM 1.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/8/2005 11:14:28 PM 1.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/8/2005 11:14:28 PM 1.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/8/2005 11:14:28 PM 1.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/8/2005 11:14:28 PM
Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Accessories are harder to find than the M42 screw mount Prakicas. However, unlike the earlier models there is a winder option. Dedicated flash is also provided where the correct model flashgun is used. Unfortunately the max flash synce speed a slightly slower than the M42 (MTL3, L) cameras for some bizarre reason. The Praktica B winder option is a nice addition, though contains plastic gears, so don't expect it to last.
Praktica's later BC3, and the Jenaflex AM are BC1 cameras dressed up with new leatherette and the addition of a useful handgrip. The Praktica BCX is a BC1 with a nice chrome finish top and base plate. useful if you want to identify between your two prakticas, one with mono and one with colour slide film loaded, for example. However, BC3's are very rare.
The even later BX20 has a more reliable shutter, addition of TTL flash metering with the appropriate flashguns, but has appalling plastic body finish. Unlike the BC1, the BX20 feels very cheap. Again the BX20 has a winder option in the BX series winder. More reliable than the B winder, but very very loud. Don't worry that they sound like a bag of old spanners....new Prakitca winders sound like this.
2/8/2005 11:14:28 PM
 
Joe S. Cullin 1.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/8/2005 6:00:41 AM 1.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/8/2005 6:00:41 AM 1.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/8/2005 6:00:41 AM 1.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/8/2005 6:00:41 AM 1.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 2/8/2005 6:00:41 AM
Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Has the edge over the BCA and B100 in that you have the option to manually set the shutter speeds if you want to.
Unfortunately, the legacy of terrible quality control saw many unreliable cameras entering the marketplace.
Nicer to use than M42 screw mount Prakticas, but why did Praktica design their own obscure bayonet mount?! Why not use the Pentax PK mount as Zenit did?
Not a totally bad camera...they are atleast cheap to buy secondhand, probably because no one wants them?!!
2/8/2005 6:00:41 AM
 

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