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Certo Certina (1966)

Certo Certina (1966)

Esta fotografia é do exemplar que possuo


Certina was manufactured around 1955 and it´s successor was Certo-phot. Both cameras were apparently made partly together. Certina has practically the same features but in a more or less different shape. Both cameras have an accessory shoe without any connection to flash. What differs to plain box camera is an adjustable focusing.
You should always keep in mind while you are criticizing , what is a purpose of the item, what is the price and to whom the subject is aimed to. If you perceive these three things while criticizing you might come to right conclusions.

What is then my conclusion. OK, these cameras carry off the duty what they are made for. You can take pictures with them. If you want a camera to rise your status these devices are not for you if not "playing poor" is your goal.


A basic 6x6 roll film camera which uses 120 film. A good competitor to such Cult Cameras like Holga and Lomo. The results are much alike. Not utterly sharp neither contrasty pictures. Somebody could say that they are artistic or nostalgic, as you wish.
The lens is very simple meniskus type and the shutter has even two speeds, a slow and a slower. You can also choose between two apertures, 11 and 8. The body is made of steel and it feels sturdy. This Certo-phot is somehow an evolution model of Certina. More feminine name which also "sounds" Italian. You may translate it as "secure lady". Certo might mean "surely or securely".
Certo Kamera Werk is famous about a "ladies camera". That happens to be Extremely Collectable. A tiny well built camera small enough to suit in a lady's pocket. It is made before the war which tells you that the history of Certo is relatively long. In fact it begun in 1902.


The Certo Certina is a simple, fixed-lens medium format viewfinder camera introduced by Dresden-based Certo-Kamera-Werk in 1966. The Certina is heavily based on the Certo-Phot of 1958 with the notable addition of a frame advance lever instead of the older camera’s knob.

The Certina’s controls and features are mainly found on and around the lens barrel. The ring immediately surrounding the front element is used for focus either with distance markings (in meters) or by the zone focusing icons found printed on the lens barrel. Going towards the back of the camera are two thin metal rings stacked on top of one another. The ring on top is controlled by a tab at six o’clock and is used to choose between the two shutter speeds: “M” for “Moment” (approximately 1/60) and “B” for Bulb. The ring underneath has two identical metal tabs that extend at three and nine o’clock and is used to select the aperture setting (f/8 or f/11). A flash sync socket is located at five o’clock just off the lens barrel while a black shutter button can be found at ten. A threaded shutter release cable socket can be found adjacent to the viewfinder which has a cold shoe on top of it.

The back of the camera is pretty sparse with only a frame advance lever next to the viewfinder and two red windows for 4×4 and 6×6 frames. The removable back of the camera is held on via a rotating latch which surrounds the tripod socket on the camera’s bottom plate.

In my experience, the vast majority of German cameras are of relatively high build quality regardless of price and the Certina is no exception. My example (which I purchased alongside a Certo-Phot from a gentleman in Dresden via eBay auction) still functions flawlessly and would be in perfect cosmetic condition if it weren’t for a few blemishes on the metal.



The Certina was an attempt to create a solid user-friendly beginner's camera. Thus it was constructed with a focusable lens, a big optical viewfinder and a film advance lever. It had a flash-synchronized single-speed shutter. Possible aperture settings were 11, 8, M and B. Distance setting was eased by symbols.

With the aid of the 4x4 mask the Certo Certina can also be used to take 16 smaller pictures on 120 film. On the inside of the removable back there is a switch with which you are able to select one of the two red windows showing the frame numbers on the backing paper of the 120 film.



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