Nettel (strut-folding)

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The Nettel is a strut-folding plate camera with a focal-plane shutter, made by Nettel Camerawerk; the camera was introduced in 1903, while the company was still called Süddeutsches Camerawerk Körner und Mayer.[1] It is very similar to the later Deckrullo-Nettel strut-folders, with the same strut system, allowing focusing by adjustable strut extension, with a built-in focus scale, in addition to ground-glass focusing, horizontal and vertical movements of the lens board, and a frame finder. It has, however, a more primitive focal-plane shutter than the Deckrullo-Nettel, that is not self-capping, so that care must be taken not to tension the shutter with the dark slide removed.

Two stereo models were made. Like the mono cameras, these differ from the stereo Deckrullo-Nettel models in the shutter.

The camera was made in many plate sizes (McKeown lists the Deckrullo-Nettel in all the same sizes except for 4x5 inch[1]):

  • 6 or 6.5x9 cm[2]
  • 3¼x4¼ inch (quarter plate)
  • 9x12 cm[3]
  • 4x5 inch
  • 10x15 cm
  • 4¼*6½ inch (half plate)
  • 13x18 cm
  • Stereo models
    • 9x14 cm
    • 9x18 cm

The cameras were retained as Zeiss Ikon model 870 after the merger in 1926. There is also a miniature model for 4.5x6cm plates or film, which has only been seen as a Zeiss Ikon camera. This has a dual focusing scale (one scale for plates, one for film).[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p714.
  2. 6.5x9 cm Körner & Mayer Nettel with 10.5 cm f/3.8 Trioplan, sold at the fourth Westlicht Photographica Auction, on 22 November 2003.
  3. Previously shown with Zeiss Tessar at Kameramuseum E Bittner (a Picasaweb account).
  4. 4.5x6cm Zeiss Ikon Nettel with 8cm f/2.8 Tessar, dated to 1935 by the auctioneer, sold at the 39th Leitz Photographica Auction, in November 2021.