Ducati opened an optics department in 1939, and had plans to market the Sogno camera in 1941. But, due to the war and the military need, the official production and delivery to the public of the Sogno started in 1946. (Simplex production began in 1950.) This was the big brother of the Simplex. It had a rangefinder instead of just a viewfinder and a line of interchangeable lens from 19mm to 120mm. These were 19mm (f6.3), 35mm (f2.8), 35mm (3.5), 60mm (2.8), and 120mm (2.8). Rather impressive at the time. It was a manual camera with no meter and used special cassettes. Shutter speeds to 1/500. Production ended in 1953 after the three Ducati engineer-brothers left the firm. As a result, Ducatis are not very common.
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