Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515/2

This is a beautiful camera released in 1935 that uses 120 roll film, has a Compur iris and a Novar lens. I’m led to believe the Novar lens is more common place but the Compur shutter is slightly more up-market for the range as discussed in this article.

This isn’t a rangefinder camera so there is no mechanism in place to accurately gauge distance through the viewfinder like in the Zorki, FED or Mamiya. That’s too easy. You judge the distance by eye (or a ruler/metering app) and modify the focus ring accordingly. You do have a viewfinder to allow you to frame things but it’s more like the sights of a gun or something like that so the closer you get to your subject you become more susceptible to the parallax effect but you can also see that in rangefinders as well.

It’s similar to the Mamiya Universal in the sense that the whole aperture, focus and shutter timings are done on the lens ‘module’ away from the camera body. The frame is 6X9 like my Mamiya Universal so you have a nice large negative to work from and there isn’t any way to change that as there’s only one window onto the roll numbers and that’s 6×9.

Last night on my way home I shot a roll of Kodak Ektachrome Pro 160T that expired in April 2004 and all bar one shot came out and that was the first shot mostly down to my unfamiliarity with the camera. The Ektachrome 160T film is colour reversal film and Kodak say to develop using the E-6 process but I developed the roll using C-41 and they looked really nice. The colours jump between blues and reds in a ‘pleasing-to-my-eye’ kind of way so I’m looking forward to firing off a few rolls later today.

Enough blurp, on with the images:

Tonight I’ll be using Kodak Ektachrome Pro 100 that expired in May 2007.

Here’s my Nettar 515/2 Flickr set.


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