Prior to WWII Welta was a renowned German camera producer and the quality of its products easily placed it on equal footing with Zeiss-Ikon and Voigtlander. The Welta Weltax was a particularly fine camera constructed of die-cast alloy that was carefully machined to provide a dimensionally stable camera body. Prewar cameras featured beautiful real leather covering and other quality details. (After the war, production was managed by the Soviets and the materials and quality plummeted.) However before that occurred, a limited number of cameras appear to have been produced in circa 1947 which combined surviving prewar parts with early postwar coated Tessar lenes. This is one of those cameras.