Produced in Communist East Germany by a company sometimes known as Practica, this is a clunky beast of a camera.
These were churned out by the hundreds of thousands, especially the cheap and cheerful version I have here.
This was quite a find, body and lens serial numbers match to the original documentation from Pentax!
The camera that launched a million hobbies. If you studied photography in School from the mid ’70s onwards, you probably used a K1000.
One of the first integrated Auto Focus 35mm SLRs offered – possibly the first. There had been other attempts where the A/F system was fully enclosed within the lens, but in this heavily modified version of the ME-Super, electronics within the camera body used contrast detect sensors to determine correct focus.
Growing up, every picture we have as a family was taken by one of these!
The QL17, QL19 and QL25 are all essentially the same, differentiated only by their f/1.7, f/1.9 and f/2.5 45mm lenses. This was very much the mainstream of cameras in the ’60s.
The AE-1 marked the introduction of micro-processor electronics to photography. For the first time microprocessors calculated exposure and timed the shutter, which in this case was still a fairly traditional horizontal cloth design.
The Canon A-1 was the first camera to offer micro-processor controlled, programmed auto-exposure, where both aperture and shutter were determined by the camera.
A groundbreaking design departure for Canon, and one which established the pattern for almost every DSLR they sell today.