Wednesday, June 1, 2011

#16 Zeiss Ikon Nettar (518/16)

Zeiss Ikon Nettar (1)

This very modest camera, in specs, was a sales success in it's days.
After all it's a Zeiss Ikon, contemporary of Agfas, Dacoras and many others of the same kind.

It's a viewfinder, folding bellows camera, self-erecting, producing twelve 6x6 cm exposures on 120 film.

The exposure and distance are guesstimated, once that there is neither range-finder nor light meter. 

This is the humblest of the family, with it's Novar 1:6,3 f=75 mm in a three speed Vario shutter, 1/25, 1/75, 1/200 of the second and B.

Zeiss Ikon Nettar

The Nettar name is recurrent at Zeiss Ikon, this one bares the 518/16 catalogue number and it was manufactured at Stuttgart, in the early fifties. It is also Known as Nettar II or Signal Nettar.

Zeiss Ikon Nettar (3)                         Zeiss Ikon Nettar (2)

It was the first 120 folding camera of my collection.

I love it dressed with the leather case.

Zeiss Ikon Nettar

The results are quite impressive, if we choose a bright day to use it.

Bicla em 6x6

Chassing seagulls

Luz - Rocha Negra

You can see more pictures taken with it in this Flickr album

Stay tuned (o;


  1. A few days ago, i`ve also tested this camera. If you can overlook the 1:6.3 and use it, as you mentioned it, on a sunny day, it`s an absolutely nice 6x6 camera and it`s dimensions are perfect to carry it everywhere.

  2. fantásticas fotos... Fuji Velvia... adorable como la cámara. enhorabuena.... inspirador!

  3. @::metamike::
    Nettar y Velvia dos clásicos.

  4. does anyone know where i can find film for my camera like this?

  5. Does anyone know where i can buy film for my camera like this?

  6. @Robs:
    This camera uses 120 rollfilm.
    You will be able to find it in a specialized photo shop or on-line.

  7. Just bought one of these today - it's a lovely machine. Shutter is a bit sticky though.