Sonne V                                                                                                     
Gatto Cav. Antonio (Sonne), Pordenone

Country of origin:


Number made:

Serial no. range:

Shutter speeds:

Standard lens:


1950 - 1951

300 - 400

0501 - 0800 +


Schneider Xenar 3.5 and 2.8 (both 50mm)

Schneider Xenon 2/50

T Elionar 3.5/50

This camera is similar to the Sonne IV. It does, however, have slow speeds (on a small dial to the rear of the main speed dial), and a changed upper deck.

When first produced, this camera did not have flash synchronization, although some later cameras were synchronized. The pictured model has two flash sockets. This compares with the picture in 'Leica Copies' which shows a Sonne V with one socket, mounted high on the front, and on the other side of the lens.

The pictured camera is fitted with the T Elionar 3.5/50 lens.

The model V was the first Sonne with 'Germany   Patent' engraved on the top plate. Coupled with the German name (Sonne), this often leads to some confusion. Possibly the manufacturer thought that German cameras (the Leica connection) would sell better.

The serial number is engraved inside the body.

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