|Contessa-Nettel Donata, model c.1920|
image by Süleyman Demir (Image rights)
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" .
- 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.
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.
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.
|Contessa-Nettel Donata model c.1920 Ibsor shutter and Nettar lens; Double-extension bellows Images by Süleyman Demir (Image rights)|