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COLUMBIA 35 (export version of Praktica FX, second variation, flash socket at the middle)
Producer data
Producer VEB Kamera-Werke Niedersedlitz responsible constructor Siegfried Böhm
production period June 1954 to September 1954 no of produced cameras as a part of Praktica FX-series (11,300)
Technical properties of the camera
shutter type mechanically controlled horizontal-run rubberised cloth-blind type shutter with twin settings for fast and slow speeds exposure time
(possible settings)
B, 1/2, 1/5, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200,1/500
view finder fixed waist-level view finder with condenser type ground-glass focusing screen, simple sport view finder mirror no instant-return mirror
film transport / frame counter knob film advance, loose film take-up spool (metal), manual frame counter lens mount M42x1
self timer none battery none
metering system none flash system one coaxial flash  socket at the front of the camera body for X-synchronisation (approx. 1/40s)
flash indication none aperture reflection into view finder none
general comments
bulletexport variant of Praktica FX for the US-Market for Burke & James Inc.Chicago, Illinois
bulletoriginal brand name was grounded and than replaced by a brass-badge with "COLUMBIA 35" + at the basis of the badge "BURKE & JAMES, INC, CHICAGO, ILL."
bulletvariant with flash socket in the middle of the left front side of the camera (Hummel 128 - socket at the bottom)
bulletCarl Zeiss were sandpapered from the lens
collection data
Hummel-No 128a Kadlubek-No. KWE 1013
body no. 180651 lens no. 4313984
lens type ----- Jena Tessar 2,8/50 purchase price 550€


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