Gatto Cav. Antonio (Sonne), Pordenone
Country of origin:
Serial no. range:
1950 - 1951
300 - 400
0501 - 0800
Xenar 3.5 and 2.8 (both 50mm)
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 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.