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REVIEW: Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-06-14

Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16 Anastigmat f/6.3

Introduced: 1949

This camera came out with two different lenses and shutters.
Lens: Novar Anastigmat 75mm f/6.3 or f/4.5
Shutter: Pronto (1/200s to 1/25s + B) or Prontor-SV (1/300s to 1s + B)

Specs:


Lens: Novar - Anastigmat 75mm f/6.3
Closest Focus: 1.2m (3.9ft)
Aperture: f/6.3 - f/22
Shutter: 1/200 to 1/25s + B (Bulb)
Copal Leaf shutter from Ponto
Light meter: None
Battery: None
Flash: PC sync.
Weight: 530g

Takes 120 film
6×6 cm negative size.


Viewfinder:

Very simple and fairly small but do the job.



Image quality


Analogue B&W film

Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16 Anastigmat f/6.3
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16 Anastigmat f/6.3
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16 Anastigmat f/6.3
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16 Anastigmat f/6.3


Bokeh
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16 Anastigmat f/6.3
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16 Anastigmat f/6.3


Flare
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16 Anastigmat f/6.3


Build quality

Very good and are all metal and
solid.
 
Operating
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16 Anastigmat f/6.3

Conclusion


Like all Zeiss Ikon folding cameras this do have very nice build quality and feel.
The Novar-Anastigmat lens is better than I first expected.

It is nice and sharp and not that bad corner softness.
Great bokeh and handles flares and backlight fairly well.

But it is on other hand also a f/6.3 as biggest aperture and there are few lenses that don't look good at that aperture.
You also need good light conditions or very fast film in order to be able to shoot handheld.

It is also a very simple camera with next to no features.
Something that is in a way a good thing in a old camera like this.
There are less things that can brake and you get a very reliable camera.
But I do miss double-exposure prevention.

You can be found very cheap and you get quite a lot value for the money.


Thumbs up:
Good image quality / Feel
Bokeh
Great build quality and Reliable
Portable and fairly lightweight

Thumbs down:
F/6.3
No double-exposure prevention



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