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Created 9 February 2002 ... Updated 25 September 2005

Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515
Many versions of this camera have been produced from 1934 until the mid 1950s. I own one of the first, if not the first version. The camera was produced, as most cameras in the 1930s, in a variety of flavours: 6x9, 6x6, 6x4.5, different shutters and of course different lenses to fit the negative format. These cameras are not very hard to find but because of the Zeiss Ikon name, the prices are higher than similar cameras from other brands.

My camera is not in a very nice state. A little rusty on the edges of all metal parts and the lenses are a little dirty on the inside but this should be easy to fix. A nice cleaning a lubing and the camera should work fine again. It's a very nice little camera to take everywhere and you still get the benefits of the 120 film format. 6 x 4.5 means that the negative is 2.5 times as big as that of a 35mm camera. Nice for enlargements. Although there was a roll of colour film in the camera when I bought it, it should work best with black and white. Time to start cleaning this little one...

Excerpt from the 1938 catalogue
Gehäuseauslösung und Springmechanismus sind Kennzeichnen der Nettar-Kameras 4.5x6 und 6x9 cm. Der Vorteil des - übrigens nur wenige Millimeter aus dem Kamerakörper ragenden - Gehäuseauslösers liegt erstens in der sicheren Handhabung des Apparates während der Aufnahme und zweitens in der erhöhten Schussbereitschaft. Natürlich hat die Nettar Zweipunkteinstellung - Sie wissen schon: die zwei roten Punkte für entfernung und Blende, auf die man bei schönem Wetter von vornherein fest einstellt, um von nah bis fern alles scharf zu bekommen. Für Aufnahmen aus Brusthöhe kann ein verbesserter grosser Brillantsucher aufgesteckt werden. Sehr angenehm ist es, dass sich sämtliche Skalen in Gebrauchsstellung von oben überblicken lassen.

Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515

Type  :  Medium Format Folding Camera
Manufactured  :  1934
Lens  :  Anastigmat 1:4,5 f=7.5 cm
Shutter  :  Klio, 1 - 175, T and Bulb
Aperture  :  4,5 till 22
Film Type  :  Zeiss B2, which is 120 (but 620 should also work)
Negative Size  :  6 x 4.5 cm
Material  :  metal with leather bellows and covering
Made in  :  Germany

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