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Zeiss Ikon Nettar S 512/2 version C

Specification

Zeiss Ikon Nettar S
Zeiss Ikon Nettar S 512/2 version C
 
Manufacturer: Zeiss Ikon
Produced: 1935
Type:Folding
Film Size:120
Image Size:6 x 9 cm
Lens Type:Nettar Anastigmat
Focus Type:Variable
Focal Length:105mm
Focal Range:2m - inf.
Aperture Type :Iris
Apertures :f/6.3 - f/32
Shutter Type:Self-cocking leaf
Shutter Speeds:T,B, I(1/100s, 1/50s, 1/25s) + timer
Size Open(w x h x d):90 x 165 x 130 mm
Size Closed(w x h x d):90 x 165 x 38 mm

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Description

The Nettar series by Zeiss Ikon was a successful range of self-erecting folding cameras for 120 roll film. Several types were offered for 6×9cm, 6×6cm and 6×4.5cm format, with different lenses in a variety of shutters. The Nettar series was always advertised for the amateur photographer although these cameras share many parts with the much more expensive Ikonta series.

This version makes 6x9 cm images and has a self timer (hence the 'S'). It also has both a brilliant finder on the lens housing and a pop-up frame finder on the body.

How to Use

Shutter speeds are 1/25s, 1/50s and 1/100s although the accuracy is not guaranteed.

If you don't want to bother with an exposure meter, follow the guide shown. It is based on the 'Sunny 16' rule. Film is so forgiving and will produce acceptable results even when overexposed by 2 or 3 stops or underexposed by 1 stop.

Remember that the exposure guide in the camera user manual may not be helpful as it is based on the use of old film with a low ISO value.

The tables assume that the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon - that's 10am - 5pm on a summer's day in the UK.

If you are not sure about the light level, err on the side of overexposure - i.e. assume the smaller f number.

Where there is a choice, a larger f number will give a larger depth of field.

For the slower speeds, you may need a tripod to stop blur through shake.

Using ISO 100/125 film

 
Weather ConditionsShadow DetailShutter Speed (s)
1/251/501/100
Sunny
Snow/Sand
Dark
with sharp edges
f/32f/22
SunnyDistinctf/32f/22f/16
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/22f/16f/11
OvercastBarely visiblef/16f/11f/8
Heavy OvercastNonef/11f/8f/6.3
Open Shade
/Sunset
Nonef/8f/6.3