Praktica FX3 - 35mm SLR - Waist Level Viewfinder

Praktica FX3 - 35mm SLR - Waist Level Viewfinder


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The 1956 Praktica FX3 is a 35mm film format SLR with waist-level viewfinder. A rare camera that will give your shots an entirely new perspective by shooting from the hip.

This camera is in excellent condition, light seals have been replaced where necessary and it has been tested mechanically to ensure proper functioning.

Stamped on the back leatherette with Germany USSR Occupied
Indicating it was produced in East Germany while under Soviet occupation.

Comes mounted with Helios 44 58mm f2 prime lens


Type: 35mm SLR

Manufacturer: Kamera Werkstätten Guthe & Thorsch (better known as "KW.")

Lens mount: M42 screw mount, no linkage

Shutter: Focal-plane

Shutter speeds: 1/2 to 1/500 sec. + B.

Film Transport: Knob, double exposure prevention.

Metering: None.

Exposure: Manual.

Viewfinder: SLR, waist-level type, auxiliary sport finder.

Flash: Dual PC sockets for F and X focal plane sync.


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Shipping from Canada

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Overseas orders 1lb or 12" or under will automatically ship via Air Mail at 7 - 10 business days. Orders over these dimensions will ship via SEA MAIL which takes 6 - 12 weeks with orders usually arriving within 7 weeks. This method is slow but very economical and reliable despite the slow pace.

Overseas orders over 1lb or 12" can be upgraded to Air Mail service but this can be up to double the shipping cost. For most accurate rate, contact us.

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Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept cancellations

Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase

I don't accept returns or exchanges

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Returns and exchange details

Due to the nature of vintage items being used, we cannot guarantee that any item will be in perfect working condition. Oftentimes vintage items need a bit more creativity to operate than a brand new item and can have unique quirks like a stiff button, or wiggly latch. We do our best to thoroughly test and describe the condition of every item we sell.
Returns will be handled on a case by case basis, and partial refunds will not be given under any circumstances.

Returns must be shipped back at customer's expense and original purchase and shipping will be refunded after a case is opened with Canada Post.