Nettar

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The Nettar series by Zeiss Ikon was a successful range of self-erecting folding cameras for 120 roll film (often described as B2 6x9 film). Several types were offered for 6×9cm, 6×6cm and 6×4.5cm format, with different lenses in a variety of shutters. Zeiss Ikon also produced a Nettar equipped with an exposure meter, the Nettax (513/16).

Zeiss Ikon always advertised the Nettar series as being for the amateur photographer. Nevertheless these cameras share many parts with the much more expensive Ikonta series (e.g. body and struts). The Nettar series may lack the higher specified lens/shutter combinations and things like film type and speed memo discs but the observed built quality is en par with that of the Ikontas.


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Nettar 510

  • Year of release: 1934
  • alternate name: Bob 510
  • Film Format: 120 roll film (6×4,5cm exposures)
  • Lens/shutter combinations :
  • Aperture: 6.3 to 22
  • Viewfinder: two frames
  • Dimensions (folded) : 118 x 92 x 49 mm
  • Weight : 410 Grams


Nettar 510/2

  • Year of release: 1936
  • alternate name: Bob 510/2
  • Film Format: 120 roll film (6×9cm exposures)
  • Shutter: Gauthier leaf shutter, speeds 1/25 sec – 1/75 sec.
  • Lens: Nettar 1:7.7/10.5cm
  • Viewfinder: optical indirect vision viewfinder on the lens, additional viewfinder frames on body
  • Dimensions (folded) : 164 x 84 x 36 mm
  • Weight : 580 Grams


Nettar 515

  • Year of release: 1937
  • Film Format: 120 roll film (6×4.5cm exposures)
  • Lens/shutter combinations :
  • Viewfinder: two frames
  • Dimensions (folded) : 114 x 79 x 43 mm
  • Weight : 430 Grams


Nettar 515/2

  • Year of release: 1933
  • Film Format: 120 roll film (6×9cm exposures)
  • Viewfinder: optical indirect vision viewfinder on the lens
  • Lens/shutter combinations:
  • Dimensions (folded) : 155 x 80 x 42 mm
  • Weight : 650 Grams




Nettar 516

The Nettar 516 is almost the same as a top of the range 515 but has a double exposure prevention system added and a Novar instead of a Nettar lens.

  • Year of release: 1940
  • Film Format: 120 roll film (6×4,5cm exposures)
  • Shutter: Klio leaf shutter
  • Lens: Novar-Anastigmat 1:4.5/75mm
  • Double exposure prevention
  • Viewfinder: two frames


Nettar 516/2

The Nettar 516/2 is almost the same as a top of the range 515/2 but has a double exposure prevention system added and a Novar or Tessar instead of a Nettar lens.

  • Year of release: 1940
  • Film Format: 120 roll film (6×9cm exposures)
  • Lens/Shutter combinations:
  • Double exposure prevention
  • Viewfinder: two frames


Nettar 517/2

The 517/2 can have 2 top cover variants. A more curved one (early) and a more rectangular one.

  • Production period: 1951 to 1953
  • alternate name: Nettar IIc
  • Film Format: 120 roll film (8 exposures format 6×9cm)
  • Viewfinder: optical, built into top cover
  • Lens/shutter combinations:
    • Novar Anastigmat 1:6.3/105mm in Vario leaf shutter
    • Novar Anastigmat 1:4.5/105mm in Pronto or Prontor SV leaf shutter


Nettar 518/2

  • Production period: 1952 to 1958
  • alternate name: Signal Nettar 6x9cm
  • Film Format: 120 roll film (8 exposures format 6×9cm)
  • Viewfinder: optical, built into top cover
  • Lens/shutter combinations:
  • Dimensions (folded) : 135 x 160 x 50 mm
  • Weight :
    • with Novar 1:6.3 lens, 685 Grams
    • with Novar 1:3.5 lens, 810 Grams



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Nettar 515/16

  • Year of release: 1937
  • Film Format: 120 roll film (6×6cm exposures)
  • Lens/shutter combinations :
  • Viewfinder: two frames
  • Dimensions (folded) : 135 x 78 x 45 mm
  • Weight : 510 Grams


Nettar 516/16

The Nettar 516/16 is almost the same as a top of the range 515/16 but has a double exposure prevention system added and a Novar instead of a Nettar lens.

  • Year of release: 1940[1]
  • Film Format: 120 roll film (6×6cm exposures)
  • Shutter: Klio leaf shutter, 1 – 1/175
  • Lens: Novar Anastigmat 1:4.5/75mm
  • Double exposure prevention
  • Viewfinder: two frames


Nettar II 517/16

The 517/16 can have 2 top cover variants. A more curved one (early) and a more rectangular one.

  • Production period: 1951 to 1957
  • Film Format: 120 roll film (6×6cm exposures)
  • Shutter/Lens Combinations:
    • Novar Anastigmat 1:6.3/75mm (coated) in a Vario leaf shutter
      Filter size : 32mm Clip On
    • Novar Anastigmat 1:4.5/75mm (coated) in a Vario, Pronto or Prontor-SV leaf shutter
  • Aperture: 6.3 to 22 (or 4.5 to 22)
  • Viewfinder: optical direct vision viewfinder below flash shoe
  • Dimensions (folded) : 135 x 100 x 45 mm
  • Weight : 550 Grams



Nettar II 518/16

The viewfinder housing has a only a stepped appearance. The camera carried the Zeiss Ikon logo on the front (left of the door) and the name 'Nettar' on the front door.[2]

  • Year of release: 1949 (until 1957)[3]
  • alternate names: Signal Nettar, Nettar IIb[4]
  • Film Format: 120 roll film (6×6cm exposures)
  • Shutter/Lens Combinations:
    • 518/16 IIb Novar Anastigmat 1:4.5/75mm in Pronto (manufactured: 1949)
    • 518/16 Eg Novar Anastigmat 6.3/75 (Rodenstock) in Vero shutter (manufactured: Jul 53 - Nov 54)[5]
    • 518/16 Ev Novar Anastigmat 6.3/75 (Rodenstock) in Vario shutter (manufactured: Dec 53 - Jun 54)[6]
    • 518/16 Iv Novar Anastigmat 4.5/75 (Rodenstock) in Vario shutter (manufactured: Jul 58 - Dec 59)
    • 518/16 Ih Novar Anastigmat 4.5/75 (Rodenstock) in Velio shutter (manufactured: Apr 53 - Jul 58)[7]
    • 518/16 Its Novar Anastigmat 4.5/75 (Rodenstock) in Pronto shutter (manufactured: Jul 52 - Feb 59)[8]
    • 518/16 Ips Novar Anastigmat 4.5/75 (Rodenstock) in Prontor S shutter (manufactured: Feb 55 - Mar 56)
    • 518/16 Ipms Novar Anastigmat 4.5/75 (Rodenstock) in Prontor SVS shutter (manufactured: Apr 53 - Jan 59)[9]
    • 518/16 Fps Novar Anastigmat 3.5/75 (Hensoldt) in Prontor S shutter (manufactured: Jul 53 - Dec 55)
    • 518/16 Fpms Novar Anastigmat 3.5/75 (Hensoldt) in Prontor SV shutter (manufactured: Jul 53 - Jul 55)
  • Aperture: 4.5 to 22
  • Viewfinder: optical direct vision viewfinder below flash shoe
  • Other: double-exposure prevention
    • indicated by red dot in viewfinder window when film not advanced (sub-models Ev, Ipms [10]
    • indicated by red dot in window on top of housing when film advanced (sub-models Ih


Bibliography

  • Zeiss Ikon brochure (German) "Alle 24 Stunden mit Zeiss Ikon Cameras" 1937, page 12 and 13
  • Zeiss Ikon brochure (German) "Jetzt knipsen mit Cameras von Zeiss Ikon" 1939, page 11
  • Zeiss Ikon brochure (Dutch) "Schep vreugde in het leven met een camera van Zeiss Ikon" 1940, page 7
  • Zeiss Ikon brochure (Swedish) "tusen och ett motiv" 1945-4, page 6 and 7
  • Zeiss Ikon brochure (German) "Zeiss Ikon Cameras" 1949, page 2
  • Photo-Porst catalog (German), 31st edition 1952, page 99


Links

Notes

  1. Marketed in Finland as a variant of the 515/16 Discussion about the 516/16
  2. Variations exist in the style of lettering in 'Nettar.'
  3. for details on production' (archived)
  4. The ever-ready case carries the serial code 1231/16.
  5. The lettering on the front is in running writing with a square silver outline on the front door; arty smokes via flickr
  6. In Vario: living image
  7. Sylvain Halgand's Site
  8. The lettering on the front door is simple caps without a decoratove border; Sylvain Halgand's Site
  9. Sylvain Halgand's Site
  10. Colloquially often called the 'Signal Nettar'
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