Praktica DZ265

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Rebranded version of Achiever DZ265.

The Achiever DZ265 (also sold as Berotron 2500D and Praktica DZ265) is a flash that can be used for dedicated and/or OTF TTL function with compatible cameras and also works as an auto thyristor flash. The flash also has a manual zoom function.

Manual mode may work (full power only), but in some cases, you may have to isolate or remove the “extra” TTL control pins from the hot-foot to stop the camera from being confused by the legacy OTF TTL protocol.

Specifications

Generic flash.
Head: 35-85mm coverage, manual zoom.
Swivel & tilt: no swivel, 0° to +90° tilt.
Exposure modes: Auto, OTF.
Manual settings: 1/1 only.
No built-in wireless modes.
Features: Sync. socket.
Trigger voltage: 5 volt.
Field upgradable: No.

Zoom head setting:f=35mmf=50mmf=max
Guidenumber (ISO 100, meter):172634
GNs taken from manufacturer's specifications.

Discontinued: Yes.

For a detailed explanation of the above specifications, see the guide.

Literature

Documentation:

Brand profile

Key info

Established: 1959
HQ: Dresden, Germany
Web: Global

Praktica is a brand of photo equipment that used to be manufactured by Pentacon in Dresden in Eastern Germany. The company was established in 1959, when several Dresden camera manufacturers, among them VEB Kamerawerke Freital, joined to create Volkseigener Betrieb Kamera- und Kinowerke Dresden. In 1964, it was renamed VEB Pentacon Dresden. After incorporating lens manufacturer VEB Feinoptisches Werk Görlitz in 1968, it was renamed “Pentacon”.

The firm collapsed after German reunification in 1990, but the right to use the Praktica brand was acquired by former lens manufacturer Schneider Kreuznach. The digital cameras and optical equipment that carry the Praktica brand today are manufactured in Asia (mainly South Korea).

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