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Dignette 300 L is a 35mm film viewfinder camera made by Dacora and introduced in c.1964. It belongs to the long lasting Dacora Dignette series.

Dignette 300 is a series of cameras based on the body of the Dacora Dignette I, but no chrome front plate and new vertical plastic shutter release on front.

Dignette 300 L is similar with Dacora Dignette 300 but with uncoupled Selenium cell light meter.

It is also sold as Ilford Sportsman 300L.

In c.1970, a nearly similar model with the same name introduced again. But, it is with X 300 shutter. [1]

Dacora Dignette 300 L 02
Dacora Dignette 300 L 03
Dacora Dignette 300 L 07

images by Süleyman Demir


Data belıngs to the 1970 model

  • Lens: Isco Color-Isconar 45mm f/2.8 filter slip-on
    • Aperture: up to f/22, no click stops
    • Focus range: 1-10m +inf
  • Focusing: manual front cell focusing, guess the distance, ring, distance and DOF scales on the lens
  • Shutter: Prontor X 300 speeds: 1/30-1/300 +B
    • Before 1970 the shutter was Prontor 300
  • Shutter release: on the front plate w/ cable release socket, beneath the lever
  • Cocking lever:also winds the film, short stroke, on the back of the top plate
  • Frame counter: auto-reset, window on the bottom plate
  • Viewfinder: bright frame, w/ parallax correction lines
  • Exposure meter: Selenium cell, uncoupled
  • Film speed range: 12-1600 ASA setting: ring and windows on the exposure setting dial
  • Exposure setting: complex dial on the top plate, by turning it, centered the red arrow in the window and read the aperture and speeds
  • Re-wind lever: folding crank, on the top plate
  • Re-wind release: button, on the bottom plate
  • Flash PC socket: none
  • Hot-shoe
  • Self-timer: none
  • Back cover: opens by a knob on the right side of the camera
  • Engraving on the bottom plate: Made in W.Germany and serial no.
  • Tripod socket: ¼"
  • Strap lugs : none
  • Body: metal; Weight: 439g

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. McKeown's p.235


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