Dacora Super Dignette (Flashcube)
In the mid-1960s, Dacora made a stylistic redesign of all their Dignette and Super Dignette models. The new body style was squarer and boxier; and in place of the former circular, front-mounted shutter release the new cameras used an angular plastic slider. A hot shoe replaced the former "cold" accessory shoe.
For the metered Super Dignette models, another change was the switch from selenium to much smaller CdS photocells, a significant change in the appearance of the cameras.
image by Uwe Kulick (Image rights)
From time to time the German Dacora Kamerawerk surprised the market with an unusual feature. In the case of the later Dacora Super Dignette models, it was including two flash-type options. In addition to the regular hot shoe for electronic flash, the camera offered a socket for flashcubes—unusual to find in a 35mm camera.
The highest-spec model in the range was the Super Dignette Electric S-R. The "Electric" models featured a BEWI-branded CdS meter cell in a small rectangular plastic housing above the lens. The Super Dignette Electric-SR and the Super Dignette 500 S-R were versions including a coupled rangefinder. (In the Electric-S, any apparent rangefinder window is a dummy.)
|Dacora Universa CD 35;|
a renamed Super Dignette 300 L
image by Bernard Faure (Image rights)
Specifications of Dacora Super Dignette electric-SR
- Type: rangefinder camera with fixed lens
- Manufacturer: Dacora Kamerawerk
- Year of launch: ca. 1968
- Film: 35mm with speeds 25 to 400 ASA
- Lens: Rodenstock Color Trinon-Lanthan 1:2.8/45mm
- Shutter: Prontor 500 S-E with speeds 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250 and 1/500 sec. plus B
- Meter: BEWI CdS sensor between viewfinder and rangefinder window, match-needle meter visible through the finder, coupled to shutter speed and aperture selectors
- Viewfinder: optical bright frame finder with vertical parallax marks and +/- marks for meter needle, and superimposed coupled rangefinder
- Flash: synchronized for all speeds, except when using flash cubes (only 1/30 possible)
- Batteries: 2×type 825 for flash cube firing, one PX 13 for the meter