Donata

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Contessa-Nettel Donata was manufactured by Contessa-Nettel AG, Stuttgart, Germany.It is a folder bed plate film camera. It can be easily identified by the engraving on the hand grip "Donata" .

Specifications

  • Production: 1919-26.
  • Format: 6.5x9cm.
  • Lens: Contessa-Nettel Nettar-Anastigmat 105mm, f/4.5, filter slip-on, with apertures f/4.5-f/38.
  • Bellows focusing by a thumb wheel using distance index and scale. You can view and adjust the exact focus via the ground glass screen on the back of the camera, w/ a cloth hood.
  • Shutter:Ibsor leaf shutter, speeds: 1-1/100 +T & B.
  • Cocking and shutter releasing: can be made by the same lever, for the speed settings, by pressing once the lever the diaphragm opens and closes.
  • View finder: Waist level brilliant finder on top of the lens standard,

turning 90 degrees left on its own axis for landscape pictures.

  • Bellows: can slide vertically by a milled micrometer screw knob on the lens standard for parallax correction, also double-extension is possible for macro works.
  • Body:metal; Weight 498g.

History

Dr August Nagel began his camera design business in 1908 as Drexler & Nagel, quickly to become the Contessa Camerawerke a year later. In 1919, he bought the Nettel Kamera-werke and renamed the firm Contessa-Nettel AG. Stuttgart, Germany. It operated under the Contessa-Nettel name from 1919 until 1926.

In 1926 Contessa-Nettel merged with Ica, Ernemann and Goerz forming the photographic giant Zeiss-Ikon.

Zeiss Ikon continued to produce camera series of Contessa-Nettel's and others before merging. Donata was also produced between 1926-32 by Zeiss Ikon with some differences. Contessa name used by Zeiss Ikon until 1960's.


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