Ducati Simplex

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The Simplex is a half-frame 35 mm viewfinder camera made by Ducati in about 1950; McKeown notes uncertainty about the exact date.[1] The camera makes fifteen 18x24 mm pictures on 35 mm film in special cassettes (as illustrated here, with a loader).[2] The camera has a focal-plane shutter with speeds 1/25 to 1/250 second, plus 'B' (and perhaps in some examples to 1/500; McKeown gives this range[1]). The shutter is not synchronised for flash. The release button is on the front of the camera, on the left of the lens; convenient for the right index finger when taking horizontally-oriented pictures. There is a frame counter around the winding knob (on the left of the camera).

The lens is a fixed, uncoated, collapsible 35 mm f/3.5 Etar, with helical focus to one metre.


  1. 1.0 1.1 McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p252.
  2. Simplex serial no. 10769 sold at the 21st Westlicht Photographica Auction, on 23 May 2012. The camera was offered together with a film cassette, and with a Vitor lens, which is for a Ducati Sogno camera.