New Old Stock! 1938 Welta Weltix 35mm camera. CLA'd, Freshly Serviced!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use!
This is a 35mm camera built produced in Germany just prior to WWII by Welta Kamera-Werke. Before the war, Welta was well respected and its cameras competed on equal footing with Zeiss-Ikon and Voigtlander. Along with Leica, Contax and Kodak, Welta helped spread the popularity of the then new 35mm format, which was then considered a miniature format by both the Germans and the Americans. In fact if you read old hard-boiled detective novels like those written by Raymond Chandler, you’ll occasionally see 35mm cameras referred to as miniature cameras. Which is certainly true compared to the 4x5 Graflex which was in common use in the 1930’s.
This camera is NOS (new old stock). It comes with its original box and owner’s manual.
This camera has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. The bellows are supple and completely light tight. The Compur shutter was one of the finest shutter of its era. It works smoothly and all speeds (B & 1 sec - 1/300th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the faster ones are clean and snappy.
The f2.9/5cm (50mm) Steinheil Munchen Cassar lens is a classic three element design based on the classic Cooke triplet. A design that’s very popular lens because of the lovely sharpness, rendering and bokeh. The lens looks like new. There are no scratches, no cleaning marks and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color and B&W films.
All in all, an excellent, a very enjoyable vintage camera that’s been waiting patiently for some 85 years for you to load film into it and shoot it.
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