This Dacora Digna use to belong to my wife’s late uncle.
These camera were manufactured in Germany in the mid 1950’s.
It has a collapsible 80mm/F8 lens and a very simple shutter, made from a single spring, two apertures F8 or F11, made from a disk with holes of two different sizes. The shutter speed is said to be around 1/50th. The distance is set via guess-o-meter with a dial that indicates 1 to 3, 3 to 8, more than 8 meters.
It takes modern 120 films.
The shutter was stuck but it was easily sorted out and works great since I got in summer 2008.
So during Christmas time I went back to France, and pulled it from the treasure chest (an old Tamrac Bag). The only film I had at hand was a 100ASA Elite-chrome Slide film from Kodak, not the best choice for a camera with so little settings.
But here are the results, thanks to shiny weather ad sheer luck.
This one is the best of the lot ; people having a picnic on the beach the Sunday after Christmas, thanks to the mild weather.
The Port Canto, I like the depth of the colors coming out of the slides.Not much post processing was involved appart from cloning dust out. This camera is the only one which is giving me this problem of putting dust on the film resulting in black spots once exposed.
The building of the “Capitainerie” of Port Canto in Cannes.
The Musée Océanographique – Monaco
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