Finetta 88 - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Finetta 88

1953

Finetta-Werk

Goslar

W. Germany

Image of Finetta 88

Lens:
f2.8, 45 mm Finetar, iris diaphragm to f16. Coated. Bayonet mount.

Shutter:
Two-blade pivoted return, behind the lens, speeds 1/25 - 1/250, B. Flash synchronisation.

Construction:
Metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film in cassette.

Focusing:
Helical to 2' 8".

Attributes:
Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder.
Film advance by spindle, also tensions the shutter. Auto-stop on film advance. To re-wind, the film advance knob is lifted which disengages a ratchet and pawl mechanism.
Depth-of-field scale, frame counter.

Serial Number:
77030 .

Notes:
Retailer's label: Westminster. 24 Charing Cross Rd. W.C.2.

With:
Case.

One of the few 35 mm cameras that has film advance by spindle rather than using the sprocket holes. Early Finetta 88s did not have flash synchronisation, which was added a couple of years later. The camera has bayonet mount lenses. An f4 9 cm lens was sold for the camera as well as extension tubes. The price in 1953 was £20.17.6, later reduced.

Several other Finetta cameras were made including the model 99 with motor drive.

References & Notes:
AP 1/7/1953, p. S4. AP 30/6/1954, p. 45. AP 6/6/1956, p. S3.

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