Using old film cameras can be a lot of fun!
I was lucky enough to be given this one recently by a very kind relative who wasn't using it any more!
It's a 1950s fold-away medium format Zeiss Ikon Nettar. It's the 518/16 which is one of the later models with double exposure prevention and red warning in the viewfinder. I think this particular model is the Signal Nettar Ipms made some time between April 1953 and Jan 1959. It has the f4.5 75mm Novar-Anastigmat lens and a Gauthier Prontor SVS shutter.
For those of you who haven't tried it yet, medium fornat film is quite a bit bigger than the more common 35mm but is still readily available at most high street camera shops. Because the negative is bigger it produces better results. This particular model of camera takes square images 6cm x 6cm.
With the lens folded away into the body the camera is surprsingly small and will fit in the pocket of my jeans. Its also very light in weight.
The viewfinder is tiny and very primitive and you have to guess distance for focusing and set it manually on the lens or use hyperfocal markings on the lens. To get around this I bought a small secondhand rangefinder for a few pounds which fits on the accessory shoe on top of the camera....I use the rangefinder to measure distance and set the lens accordingly.
A separate light meter is needed for accurate exposure but I can use my iphone app or my digital camera.
I've now taken a few rolls of film with it and I'll show you some of the results over the next few days.
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35 mm (35mm equiv.)