The Durst Duca is a 35mm compact camera produced by Durst Phototecnick A.G.
The Duca was presented by Durst at the 24th Milano Trade Fair in September 1946 and its sales started at the beginning of 1947.
During the 30th Milano Trade Fair, in April 1952, Durst announced the stop of its production.
The camera was painted in an unusual crinkle-finish paint, the same Durst used for its enlargers at that time. It was available in black, red, white, blue and brown, with five different kind of leather bags. Black cameras were usually provided with a natural leather color bag, where the color versions used to be provided with a bag of the same color.
The Duca can be found with the focusing distance scale in both metric and imperial units.
- Type: compact camera
- Film: 35mm in Agfa Karat cassette
- Viewfinder: telescopic type
- Lens: Ducar 50mm f/11 meniscus type
- Shutter: guillottine type - speeds 1/30 second, B - no flash sync
- Dimensions: 100×80×40 mm
- Weight: 255g
Apart from the different colours and metric/imperial units indications, a very rare variation with a 1:8 lens aperture is known to exist. The actual lens appears to be same as the one from the regular 1:11 aperture version, the higher aperture seems to be obtained thanks only to a larger internal diaphragm.
A "1:8" engraving is added on the front plate just above the "Duca" name.
|First Durst Duca advertisement|
from Progresso Fotografico, January 1947
image by Davide Cavallaro (Image rights)