Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515/2

Zeiss Ikon Nettar 515/2 folding camera:

My friends, Rosann and Bill, surprised me with this little beauty. A change of their home decor caused them to pass it on. The side struts are crazily elegant. I was just about to head out on another WORLD PEACE THROUGH JUNK STORE CAMERAS trip across the northern plains so I decided to take it along. Throwing caution to the wind, I loaded the camera with some Perutz 21 120 film. The film says it’s 100 ASA and it expires in … well… I don’t know when it expires. It doesn’t say. Perutz was taken over by Agfa in 1964, so this film is probably expired. [Understatement.]

The little foil wrapper the film comes in – I feel like I’m opening an individually wrapped chocolate. Anyway, I shot that and I shot some C41, which I’ll post later. The shutter speeds range from 1/25 thru 1/125 and include “B” and “T”.  ƒ-stops range from ƒ4.5 – ƒ32. I went with Sunny 16 for my exposures, adding on a bit of time (and a bit more for good measure) considering the age of the film. Processed in Kodak D-76, my exposures were pretty muddy, but viewable.

This particular camera has a plaque on the back that reads, “Beckmann y Co. Sucs. MARACAIBO”. Cool, huh? 

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There’s a little metal window that slides over the ruby window.

I ended up in Michigan where I dusted and documented stuff in my parent’s basement using vintage cameras. I documented with the vintage cameras. I dusted with a duster.

The C41 I promised you:



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