Praktica MTL3 Viewfinder from Outer Space

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  1. that1guy

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    i don't know about any of this but i actually just picked this same camera up for about 40$ with 3 lens and some weird flash the camera body is in good condition but i haven't checked the meter since i don't have a battery :(


     
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    :) The Praktica gear should be pretty cheap as a rule I think. I'll just have to wait to find the right example of a MTL3.

    You can get the Win Cell zinc-air batteries, but they're about $10 a throw. I have a few bodies that need the old mercury batteries, so I invested in a convertor (pop a normal SR43 into it, and it goes into the camera - drops the voltage to 1.35v). You can always go straight with a silver oxide cell - shouldn't damage the camera, but the meter may read over (I think) - at least, my Ricoh Singlex II didn't read properly with a fresh silver oxide cell.

    Hope your MTL3 goes well, and that it doesn't have any delamination of the prism!
     
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    The MTL cameras should be fine with either alkaline or silver batteries as they use a bridge circuit for the light meter.
     
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    thanks i don't really care much for the meter. i'm trying to learn to read the light and select my settings by memory
     

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