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Mint! 1937 Zeiss Ikon 6x9 Nettar with Tessar Lens , Freshly Serviced, CLA'd!


Mint! 1937 Zeiss Ikon 6x9 Nettar with Tessar Lens , Freshly Serviced, CLA'd!

$ 345.00 USD

Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use

This is a freshly serviced Zeiss Ikon 6x9 folding camera. It’s the version with black lacquer trim and chrome plated fittings the lens. It’s a lovely camera that easily slips into a jacket pocket or a back pack and yet folds out to take 8 beautiful 6x9 exposures on normal 120 roll film.  Bright exposures alive with all the vivid details and lovely colors that only medium format or larger can provide. When it comes to photography, bigger is better and with this camera you can create a negative that is about 6 times larger than the average 35mm snap shot. So whether you’re interested in fine grain, rich tonal gradations or lovely colors, this camera will do all of that and may just become your favorite photographic companion.  

This is camera is a unique find. It’s NOS (new old stock) and you’ll never find a finer one unless you have a time machine capable of transporting you back to 1937 Germany. It shows no sign of ever being use. It’s missing a self-timer button and I suspect that because of that it, was put aside 85 years ago and simply forgotten. The serial numbers of the lens (176901) and body (serial number E2993) indicates it was produced in Dresden Germany in 1937 when the world looked considerably different than it does today.

It’s been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. The quality Compur shutter and it works smoothly. All speeds (B, T & 1 sec - 1/250th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the faster ones are clean and snappy.

The lens is a Carl Zeiss f4.5/10,5 cm (105mm) Tessar, a superb design with four elements in three groups. This lens is identical to the one used on the Super Ikonta of this era and it’s well known for its fine performance. This lens looks like new! It’s y clean and clear. No scratches, no cleaning marks and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color and B&W films.

All in all, a wonderful classic camera. Perfect for photographers with a historical interest who want to work with a prewar camera regularly. Load it with your favorite film and keep it handy for that perfect shot you’ve been looking for. You know the one... the one with the perfect Ansel Adams light breaking through the dark storm clouds that leaves you wishing you had a classic camera with you.


Here are some examples of what you can expect from this camera. (These were taken with cameras which have the identical Tessar lens.) These photos can be found in our Example Gallery and were produced by clients with cameras acquired from us.


Search terms: 105mm, 10,5cm Tessar, Art Deco, Compur, medium format, rangefinder camera, 120 film, authentic WWII, WW2, reenactor, reenactor, signal corps, USAAF, war correspondent, war photographer,


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