Near Mint! 1938 Zeiss-Ikon Nettar 6x9, Freshly Serviced, CLA'd!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use
This week we have a freshly serviced Zeiss-Ikon Nettar. It’s a lovely camera that can be slipped into a coat pocket or a backpack and yet folds out to take 8 beautiful 6x9 exposures on 120 roll film. 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 snapshot. So whether you’re interested in large prints, 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 a quality Zeiss-Ikon camera in exceptionally fine condition. The serial number, J61508, indicates that it was produced in Germany in late 1938 or early 1939. This camera is based on the legendary Super Ikonta design and it shares the many of the same parts. This includes the body, door, leather bellows, pressure plate and many other details. And in case you wondered, the real leather bellows are soft, supple and completely light tight.
The excellent performance of this camera is due to its old world, quality build and the fact that it is a Zeiss-Ikon product. Additionally, this Ikonta has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. The Compur shutter works beautifully and all speeds (B & 1 sec - 1/250th ) are appropriate.
The lens is an excellent f4.5/10,5cm (105mm) Nettar-Anastigmat, which is a classic Cooke design with three elements in three groups. It’s well known for the attractive rendition and bokeh it produces. Great lenses are not simply defined by high resolution. What artists and photographers love about certain lenses is the beautiful rendition. It’s something the Japanese refer to as bokeh. This lens has an excellent reputation in Europe for a lovely bokeh and its soft smooth backgrounds. The glass is exceptionally fine. It’s, clear and clear. There are no scratches, no cleaning marks and it’s capable of producing beautiful photos with modern color & b&w films.
All in all, a beautiful 82 year-old camera that’s been waiting patiently to find its way to you. 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 that you had a 6x9 camera with you.
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