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Nettar 515

Nettar 515

Really cute little folding camera. Nettar Anastigmat, 1:6,3 F= 7,5cm lens and Telma T, B, 1/25 - 1/125 shutter. The Nettar 515 is able to take 16 exposures of 6x4.5cm on 120 films. This one happens to be extremely well maintained. It has absolutely no marks of use. What is fascinating in this beautiful camera is its size. It is as compact as the modern point and shoot cameras and it even takes more than double as big negatives. I am not sure, how many Megapixels ? On some Nettars you can see an angle finder. It was an option to buy.
Nettar 515/16

Nettar 515/16

Most visible difference to 515 the 515/16 is the landscape format. It is also bigger because it takes 6 x 6 pictures. Lens is Novar-Anastigmat 1:4,5 F= 75mm and the shutter is more sophisticated Prontor -S , B, 1- 1/300. Finder is electing Galilei type.

"The Nettar is a true self-erecting camera. It may be opened with one hand, and the front will spring automatically into the working position.
The lens is focussed on near objects by turning the front mount until the index mark is against the correct distance on the scale. The special type of pressure plate in the camera hack ensures the film lying always perfectly flat in the focal plane."

This camera belongs to that remarkable part of my collection, which has sprung up by the donations of good friends and relatives.


Zeiss Ikon Ercona (1956-58)

The somewhat rare Ercona , which dates from about the late 1950s, was produced in the Zeiss factory in the former East Germany by VEB Pentacon, Dresden. Ercona takes optionally 6 x 6 or 6 x 9 negatives on 120 film. Similar clone is also russian Moskva I. They both are almost identical to the Stuttgart-made Ikonta 523/2 cameras. Shutter is Prontor -S, 1 - 1/250. There are some Erconas with Tempor shutter.

Two windows on the back indicate that this model can produce 6X9 images as well as (with the use of an interior film plane "mask") 6x6 sizes.

The lens is an f/4.5 110mm Novonar, which is a Novar by another name. A trademark dispute obliged Pentacon to change the name to Novonar. The synchronized shutter is speeded from 1sec to 1/250th.

Double exposures on one section of the film are impossible, since the shutter can only be released when the film has been wound on to the next picture. A signal disc shows when the film has been wound on, and when the shutter will not work.
The red window in the camera hack is provided with a sliding cover, so that any type of panchromatic film may be used without fear of it being fogged.

Zeiss Ikon Nettar-deco



Zeiss Ikon Nettar (1934 ~1939)

This camera is definitely one of the earliest versions of Zeiss Ikon Nettar 6 x 9 cameras. It has a Derval B, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100sec fitted with uncoated Nettar Anastigmat 1:6,3 F 10,5cm lens. The hexagon shaped Art Deco and some other metal parts are nickel coated. Camera uses 120 film. Zeiss Ikon "Pernox" film is recommended in a label inside the camera. If I am right, the exact modell name of this camera is Zeiss Ikon Nettar 8. The style of the front plate reveals, that this camera is made before 1940. The art Deco style was popular during the late 30s and early 40s. The term Art deco originates to the exhibition of the industrial art which was arranged in 1925 (Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes International - Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Art) in Paris.

I can't find any serial number, neither on a body nor on the lens.



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