The Praktica MTL 5 B is a 35mm SLR made in Dresden, East Germany by Pentacon between 1985 & 1989. About 567,000 examples were produced[1]. It is a minor upgrade from the Praktica MTL 5. It features TTL exposure metering, triggered by a stop down button next to the front-mounted shutter release. A match-needle display on the right side of the viewfinder indicates whether the chosen combination of shutter speed and aperture will lead to under-, over-, or correct exposure. The meter is powered by a battery fitted in the base. On early models a PX625 mercury battery was required; later models used the LR44 alkaline. Batteries are not required if metering is not used. Film speed set by lifting and turning the shutter speed dial.

The steel-bladed focal plane shutter runs vertically at speeds from 1s to 1/1000s, plus B (bulb) for long exposures. The film speed setting ranges from 12 ASA (12 DIN) to 1600 ASA (33 DIN). Interchangeable lenses utilize the M42 screw mount, with the (Meyer Optik Oreston) Pentacon 1.8/50mm multi-coated lens being most commonly found.

The MTL 5 B was also sold by Foto-Quelle as the Revue ML.

Other features[]

  • Microprism in viewfinder has diagonal pattern.
  • Self-timer with 10-second delay.
  • X-flash sync is at 1/125s.
  • Easy film loading system.


Praktica MTL5B 724668 1

Variation of the Praktica MTL5B. The design of the speed dial and self-timer lever differs from the early made MTL5B.

Praktica MTL5B 724668 2

Praktica MTL5B with some small change of the design of speed dial and self-timer lever.