Finetta 99

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The Finetta 99 is a 35mm film camera made by Finetta (Saraber) in the early 1950s.[1][2] It has quite a high specification, having interchangeable lenses, a focal-plane shutter and a spring motor for film advance, which also cocks the shutter.

The shutter in early examples has speeds from 1/25 to 1/1000 second, plus 'B'; later ones have a highest speed of 1/600 second. There was also a model, the Finetta 99L, with slow speeds to 1 second, on a separate speed dial on the left of the top plate.[3] The shutter is synchronised for flash, with both a hot shoe and a PC socket

The camera has a bayonet lens mount. Lenses made for it are mostly named Finetar:[1]

  • 35 mm f/4.3
  • 45 mm f/2.8
  • 70 mm f/4.5
  • 105 mm f/6.3

There is also a 45 mm f/2.8 Finon macro lens.[3]

The camera was sold as the Ditto 99 in the USA.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Finetta cameras (the '99 is at the bottom) at Tigin's Classic Camera Reference (archived). There are pictures of the 99 and (though not very clear) of the Ditto 99. Tigin dates the production of the 99 between 1950 and '54. He also lists 180 mm f/2.8 and 240 mm f/6.3 Finetar lenses in addition to those listed here, but marks these as questionable.
  2. Notes on Finetta previously at Storia della Fotografia date the camera to 1952 (in Italian: archived at October 2014; as of 2020 the original URL redirects to a wedding photographer).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Finetta cameras including both a 99 and 99L and lenses including the 45 mm f/2.8 Finon macro lens, sold at the eleventh Westlicht Photographica Auction, on May 2007.