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Dacora Daci


Dacora Daci
Dacora Daci
Manufacturer: Dacora
Produced: 1948
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Box
Film Type:120
Film Width:62mm
Image Size:2¼ x 2¼ in
No. of Images:12
Lens Type:meniscus
Focal Length:95mm
Focus Type:fixed
Focal Range:2m-inf.
Aperture Type :fixed
Apertures :f/9
Shutter Type:Rotary
Shutter Speeds:T, I*(1/40s)
Size (w x h x d):90 x 90 x 100 mm
* Measured on this camera

Art Deco Credentials

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Acceptable: Modest and restricted

I consider this camera to warrant 2 stars for the following attributes:


The Dacora daci is a medium format box camera made by Dacora and introduced in 1948. The body is made from metal with slightly curved sides and rounded corners. The rounded nature of this camera reflected the Streamline Moderne era in American Art Deco. The camera uses 120 film taking twelve 6x6cm images per roll.

It has a single speed rotary type shutter supporting instant(M) and time(Z) modes. The lens is a meniscus. The aperture is fixed at f/9. The focus range is 4m to infinity. It has a single reflecting viewfinder for waist level operation. The red window at the back has a sliding cover. It has a single tripod mount.

How to Use

This camera takes 120 film which is widely available. It is advisable to cover the red window except when winding film in low light.

The aperture is f/9. The measured speed on this camera was 1/40s. As the shutter speed is only 1/40s, it is advisable to use a tripod or hold it against a wall or other solid object to get shake-free images. For quick snapshots, hold it firmly against your body.

I suggest you use ISO 50 film

The table shows how this camera will perform using ISO 50 film. It is based on the 'Sunny 16' rule. Modern film is so forgiving and will produce acceptable results even when overexposed by 2 or 3 stops or underexposed by 1 stop.

The tables assume that the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon - that's 10am - 5pm on a summers day (May-August) in the UK.

Remember that the exposure guide in the manual may not be helpful as it is based on the use of old film with a low ISO value.

Using ISO 50 film - shutter speed 1/40s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
with sharp edges
f/93 Stops
SunnyDistinctf/92 Stops
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/91 Stop
OvercastBarely visiblef/9Good
Heavy OvercastNonef/9-1 Stop
Open Shade
Nonef/9-2 Stops
Not Acceptable