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Durst Automatica is a 35mm film viewfinder camera made by Durst and produced between 1956-63.

The height, and at the same time, lastcamera model was the Automatica: the first camera containing automatic exposure control with pre-selected lens aperture. A special make, where a certain “coincidence” played a large role: during the later part of 1944, an American bomber was shot down in Brixen. The instruments on board were strewn about the woods. Amongst these instruments was a tiny controller, which Julius Durst took with him. He analyzed this object until the first automatic exposure control was born. The Automatica’s premiere was in 1959. In 1963, camera production had to be stopped due to financial reasons. With this, the era of the Durst cameras officially ended. From this point on, enlargers became the Durst’s main line of production.

It has Schneider Durst Radionar 45mm f/2.8 lens in Prontor-SVS with speeds 1-1/300 +B and Auto shutter. Lightmeter is coupled to shutter by a pneumatic cylinder. [1]

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  1. McKeown's p.253