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Ken Rockwell's website at: http://www.kenrockwell.com/
Victor Hasselblad realized his dream of producing quality cameras in the 1950's. By the 60's, when his camera was chosen by NASA to be taken to the moon, he had produced some of the finest Medium Format cameras in the world, and still does.
Ducati Sogno & Simplex, Rolleiflex TLR, Leica, Hasselblad, and their accessories are among the Masterpieces to found on our site, thanks for looking :-)
And of course we also love the more well known masterpieces, for example...
The DUCATI SOGNO & SIMPLEX
Our personal favorites for collecting are the beautiful Ducati Sogno & Simplex half-frame cameras, their stunning lenses, and well thought out accessories. All created by the Ducati brothers, Adriano, Bruno, and Marcello.
When we were lucky enough to win the Sogno camera & lens set shown in the photo at the left, it started us on an adventure of discovery, trying to sift through the bits of information, and mis-information, around the web, especially in English. We finally found, and later through his good offices, information from sources in Italy where the information is, not surprisingly, much more accurate and available, but in Italian of course.
While there remain some mysteries, we believe that we have been able to provide the most comprehensive information (in English) about the Ducati Sogno, its lenses and accessories, than anywhere else on the net. In this effort we must give our heartfelt thanks to Mr. Donato Consonni for his openness in sharing his knowledge and research, and his support of our translation efforts. We hope that you will enjoy the results!
We are also in collaboration with Mr. Consonni to produce an English translation of all of the later "Normali" (the "Practical Use" Ducati documents for each camera, lens, and accessory) and will add additional information to the original documents as well. It will be available at a reasonable price, probably in early 2019. Stay tuned!
"Franke & Heidecke" Since 1929 set the standard for Medium Format photography for generations of photographers. Their Rolleiflex TLR range of cameras was THE professional's choice for decades. They remain true masterpieces of build and optical quality and produce brilliant images.
Ernst Leitz crafted the ultimate in 35mm camera. From the 30's with their innovative Leica screw mount system, they redefined compact photo quality. Since 1954 with the introduction Leica M3 and its' M mount system, they have remained as the well heeled amature's choice.
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