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Certo Dollina II
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Photos by Jean-François Weber text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Jean-François Weber. Last update 2024-04-03 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Germany from 1936 to (After) 1939.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 10576

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Chronology of cameras Certo 

The Dollina and the Super Dollina are 35mm folding cameras, with the front face moving parallel to the main axis of the camera, and the struts mechanism having an X shape.

Their production began in Germany before the war, then continued in the DDR (East Germany) during the 1950s.

    Years Rangefinder Focusing  

Dollina 0   c. 1937 No On the lens  
Dollina I     Knob on the top
Dollina II c.1937-39 Coupled Knob on the top cover coupled to the rangefinder Rangefinder fixed on the top
Dollina III c.1937-39 Knob on the top cover coupled to the rangefinder Integrated rangefinder
Super Dollina c.1938 Side knob coupled to the rangefinder New design
Super Dollina II c. 1954-57


The Dollina II features a rangefinder. It was added to the base version (Dollina 0) with minimal modifications to the camera body. This gives it a somewhat clumsy appearance, almost bordering on handmade.

The rangefinder is separate from the viewfinder but is coupled to the lens's distance adjustment. The large wheel located at the top of the camera moves the plate that supports the lens and shutter, through the stiffening of struts.

The back of the camera is equipped with a depth of field table.

There is a chrome version of this camera.

In 1940, this camera was distributed in the United States by Burleigh Brooks. It was sold for $50 to $72.

Certo Dollina II

Certo Dollina II

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