Thursday, October 8, 2009

Half-Frame Wonder

Ducati Sogno
Italy, 1938
Dubbed 'Italian Leica', this pretty little camera was very special. It accepted super-slim cassetes and produced only fifteen 18x24 mm frames per roll. Its controls were almost similar to Leica's, but the shutter release was placed on the front panel. Lenses were interchangeable, with a bayonet mount. Not less than seven lenses are known, from 19/6.3 collapsible wide-angle to 120/5.6 rigid telephoto.
The manufacturers, Ducati brothers, made a name in the motorcycle realm - just a bit later.

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