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The Zeiss Ikon Nettar II's Foldable Foibles

I am such an idiot with this camera, it's quite embarrassing! No matter how hard I try, I always seem to be aiming too high or too low. Sometimes the pictures turn out nice in spite of me, but this is still not my favourite camera.

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An inexpensive and trusty folding camera. I bought mine for dkkr 35 (about £4) on a Danish auction site, and when I opened it for the first time I found an old film in the chamber, which I promptly developed – what a great bonus!

I am such an idiot with this camera, it’s quite embarrassing! No matter how hard I try, I always seem to be aiming too high or too low. With the bellows jutting out in front I never have any sense of where I’m pointing the lens. Sometimes the pictures turn out nice in spite of me, but this is still not my favourite camera.

I always get great reactions from people when I bring this camera with me, though, which is one of the reasons it’s currently my weapon of choice for the various retro, Rockabilly and swing events I go to. The other reason is the manual controls – it’s nice to have a little more flexibility for low light conditions.

Lot’s of different Nettars were made, mine is the Nettar II 517/16, which was released in 1949 and thus is one of the later Nettars. It takes 6×6 photos on 120 film, has a Novar Anastigmat 1:6.3/75mm lens and a Vario leaf shutter with shutter speeds from 1/25 sec – 1/200 sec.

One of the general problems with these cameras is withered bellows, which mine suffers from too. When the sun is at the right angle I get a vertical streak in my photos, which is the kind of light leak that borders on annoying. But it really isn’t severe, and if I were less lazy, it could easily be fixed with a flashlight and some black tape.

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written by eggzakly

6 comments

  1. paper_doll

    paper_doll

    last month i got one of these babes that belonged to my grandparents! i have to try it asap :)

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  2. stouf

    stouf

    Sweet ! And the shots of old cars really have a feeling of time travel !

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  3. lomollete

    lomollete

    Nice

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  4. lomollete

    lomollete

    What was on the film by the way?

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  5. hansie14

    hansie14

    Nice! I also just submitted a review of this camera having got the one that belonged to my grandad. I like pics 16 and 18.

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  6. eggzakly

    eggzakly

    Thanks :)
    @lomollete: Most of the film had been exposed to light at some point, I exposed over parts of it (#28-30), so only two of the original shots survived - some random snapshots of an office.

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