|Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16 120 roll film camera c1954|
Zeiss Ikon Nettar is German made, strut braced, self erecting folding camera contemporary with the Dacoras in the collection and in direct competition with them, the Zeiss wins. This is due mainly to build quality, although this was not an expensive camera. It does, in fact, share the same shutter mechanism as the Dacora. Its principle advantage, so far as I'm concerned, is that it doesn't mutilate the film - which is rather fundamental. There is another variation in the collection too.
The Nettar series was introduced in the late 30s and continued in production into the late 50s. Later ones have satin chromed top housings in line with the fashion of the time. They were available in various sizes, all taking 120 film but changing the orientation accordingly. Those fitted with Zeiss Tessar lenses are more desirable to collectors than those with Novar or Nettar lenses.
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