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Certo Super Dollina II

The Super Dollina II is a 35mm strut folder with a coupled rangefinder from German camera maker Certo. This might be considered the last high-quality offering from Certo as they transitioned into a maker of inexpensive consumer cameras in the 1960s and 1970s. Focus is made using the knurled knob seen on the top left of the cameras, and there are separate windows for the rangefinder and the viewfinder. The viewfinder is only rivaled by that of the Altix Altissa for tininess.

I have no idea if the rangefinder works or not as the glass on all of the windows is filthy to the point of near opaqueness. I am hopeful, but the rangefinder mechanism on the Super Dollina II is noted for its fragility. While still a quality machine, the build is nowhere as robust as the pre-war Certo cameras. The lens serial number on the coated Tessar lens places the manufacturing date of this camera between 1952 and 1955, this camera had a quite long production run, from immediate post-war until around 1970. Aside from the maker's name embossed into the leather on the front of the camera and "Germany USSR Occupied" stamped on the bottom, there are no other engravings or markings on or inside the camera body

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Taken on April 18, 2019