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Welta Weltix from last Century

Welta Weltix is a 35mm folding camera made in Germany from 1938 to 1950. First models used 127 film but when appeared 135 films, the camera body was adapted and now, thank's to this, the luchy ones who have a working camera like me can use piece of History

welta Weltix

History:
Happened 1 year ago when i asked to my grandmother Fernanda if she had an old camera at home, maybe in a closet, but i never thought that she had a working Weltix in perfect conditions. She told me that from 1949 to 1954 she was director of an Hotel in the mountain resort of San Martino di Castrozza (TN) in north of Italy and during 1950 a client lost his camera in the hall of the hotel but nobody came back to ask it, so that lost camera bacame our family’s one.
Camera is in perfect condition, folder is original, objective is clear and Compur 1:2,9 = 5 cm lenses used are front element focusing.

Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 (35mm) – Canal Grande, Venice

Technical data:

  • f/2.9 to f/16 of aperure
  • 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 300 of speed
  • Totally manual without light meter, in the beginning is not easy to take a picture but i made up a list with shutter speed and light meter settings to have a good exposure.
Sensia ISO 100 Cross Processed – San Simeone Piccolo, Venice

Settings:

SPEED—-APERTURE f/

  • 300——11 (very sunny and bright)
  • 100——16 (very sunny)
  • 100——11 (sunny)
  • 100——8 (hazy sunshine)
  • 5——6 (cloudy or indoor)
  • 1——2,9 (indoor with artificial light)
Sensia ISO 100 Cross Processed – Marta in San Barnaba, Venice

The camera has only an adjustable viewfinder to take pictures up close or landscapes and to change mode in necessary to push on the viewfinder.
Because of the totally manual settings of the Weltix it is easy to miss the charge of the film but on the other hand it is easy to take a picture and rewind the film by one turn and a half to have a multiple exposure.

Weltix is a peace of history of cameras and with a little experience you can enjoy a lot with this compact of the last century that is working at least 60 years or more.
I love my weltix, first of all because every time is a surprise till the development of the film and because I did a lot of pictures of my Love…..

Sensia ISO 100 Cross Processed – Marta in San Barnaba, Venice

Thank’s Granny for your present.

Lomography Lady Grey B&W 400 (35mm) – My Granny

In memory of Fernanda Pintar

written by battain

3 comments

  1. alex34

    alex34

    Love old Weltas, a real piece of history!

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  2. neanderthalis

    neanderthalis

    Lucky find for you and your family. Nice review.

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  3. battain

    battain

    thank you

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