Ducati Sogno

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Ducati Sogno
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Ducati Sogno
Type 35 mm half-frame rangefinder camera
Lens mount Bayonet
F-numbers 3.5[1]
Recording medium 35 mm film[1]
Focus manual
Exposure manual
Shutter focal-plane[1]
Shutter speeds 1/20 to 1/500[1]
Made in Bologna, Italy

The Ducati Sogno ("dream") was a half-frame 35 mm rangefinder camera made by Ducati in the 1950s[2][3] at its Milan factory.[4] The Sogno has been called a "miniature Leica" referring to its size and build quality;[4] it is considerably smaller than a Leica III.[5]

The Sogno is unusual for having its controls, including the shutter release, operated by the left hand.[5] It produces an 18 mm x 24 mm image on standard 35 mm film loaded in a special cassette provided with the camera.[1][3]


  • Wheels on Reels (Review of Ducati - The Story on DVD by Alan Cathcart), Motorcycle Classics, February 18, 2011, retrieved 2012-04-02 
  • Falloon, Ian (2006), The Ducati story : racing and production models from 1945 to the present day, Haynes, ISBN 1844253228 
  • Chris Jablonski (July 26, 2009), Dead Finger Tech: Ducati Monster, ZDNet, retrieved 2012-04-02 
  • Rick Oleson, Camera Tech Notes / Ducati Sogno: Italy's Pocket Leica, retrieved 2012-04-02 
  • De Croy-Roeulx, R. (Nov 1, 1996). Cameras: Macchine Fotografiche [Cameras] (in Italian). Chronicle Books. p. 112. ISBN 0-8118-1471-8. Retrieved 2013-06-06. Ducati Sogno - circa 1950 - Italia Questo piccolo apparecchio di eccellente fabbricazione e finitura faceva 15 riprese di formato 18 x 24 su una pellicola di 35 mm in caricatori speciali. Le ottiche intercambiabili e il corpo comprendeva persino un telemetro accoppiato. 
  • White, William (1990). Subminiature Photography. Focal Press. p. 93. ISBN 0-2405-1710-5. Retrieved 2013-06-06. The Ducati Sogno Model No. 1 was introduced in 1938 for producing 18 x 24 mm format on standard 35 mm film, which was reloaded into a special smaller cassette. The camera had a focal plane shutter with speeds from 1/20 to 1/500, it had a Galilean finder and a coupled rangefinder and was fitted with a Vitor f/3.5 35 mm lens. This lens produced an angle of 46°. 

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