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Zeiss Ikon Nettar - help!

Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by prosepina, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. prosepina

    prosepina New Member


    I am a *total* beginner having been recently drawn in by plastic cameras. I've just acquired myself a Zeiss Ikon Nettar through the magic of eBay. It looks to be in good working order and I've just loaded it with film to see what it can do. I am a little confused though because the camera has two red windows on the back, and I'm not sure when I wind the film on, quite how far I should be winding it! At present the '1' is visible in the first, left hand window. is that correct? When I wind on will I be taking it until the 2 is in that window? In fact what is the point of the 2 windows?

    many thanks in advance!
  2. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

  3. prosepina

    prosepina New Member

    Hey thanks for the quick response!
    That manual is close enough for most questions I have. Other half managed to root out an answer about the two windows. I'll paste it hear just in case anyone else has the same question in future or equally if anyone thinks this isn't quite right:


    "The camera was made at a time when the numbering on the paper backing of 120 film was not completely standardized, and not all of it came with the properly numbered spacing for the half-frame format. The solution was to put two red windows on the back of the camera so that the 6x9 numbering could be used. To start, the film is wound until the numeral "1" is seen in the first window. After the exposure, the same numeral is advanced to the second window for the second exposure. Some care has to be exercised in not winding past the mark as the film is traveling a very short lateral distance. Once you are used to that, it is very nice to get sixteen frames on a 120 roll. "
  4. prosepina

    prosepina New Member

    Re: Zeiss Ikon Nettar (or is it an Ikonta?) - help!

    And yes... I do realise that the manual is for an Ikonta and not a Nettar, but they do look quite similar.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2012
  5. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Given where you are, if you head into town and aren't sure what you are doing with it, stop off at Campkins in Rose Crescent (just off the market place - underneath the sailor on the oggy shop balcony), and ask there. They'd be chuffed to help, I suspect.

  6. Roy5051

    Roy5051 Well-Known Member

    I believe you have to wind the film until the 1 is in the first window, take your shot then wind on till the 1 is in the second window. This should give you 16 negatives at 645 format (6cm x 4.5cm in portrait format). Just to confirm that I am talking about the right camera, is the viewfinder upright (portrait format) or landscape format?

    The problem is that there were several Zeiss cameras named "Nettar", some taking 645 negatives, some taking square 6 x 6cm negatives and some even taking 6 x 9cm negatives. The viewfinder usually gives you a clue - 645 = portrait format finder, 6x6 = square finder, 6x9 = landscape format.

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