The Ducati Sogno microcamera

The Ducati Sogno microcamera was manufactured from 1946 to 1951 by Società Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati, which would soon after became famous for its motorbikes.  It was an incredibly precise and hi-tech camera, designed with features that were futuristic for the time – such as the focal plane shutter, and the option of adding interchangeable bayonet lenses.

The compact camera – just 18 by 24 millimeters – was manufactured in the optical department of the Bologna-based company with the goal of responding to the post-war market demand for an agile device.

However, it was not very successful, mostly because of the price, which was sky-high at first.

Thus, only approximately ten thousand of the gorgeous Sogno were made.

A technological dream that ended far too early.

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December 14, 2013