Those Praktica's aren't very well built, I had the Prakticamat which was similar but had TTL metering (before the Spotmatic) and a higher top speed. I also have a Nova somewhere that I think I was given.
The Spotmatics were beautifully made, better shutters and excellent metering systems and they just last better because the build quality is over-engineered by todays standards, I have two a plain Spotmatic and a Spotmatic F (full aperture metering).
The Nova may be OK but is less likely to be reliable. I paid less than £10/$30 for my Spotmatic and £25/$37.5 for the Spotmatic F & f2 SMC Takumar which was in a case and in mint condition, turned out I'd been at University with the owner.
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