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.
Notes and references
- McKeown's p.253