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REVIEW: Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-09-10

Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16 - Anastigmat f/4.5

Introduced: 1949

Specs:


Lens: Novar-Anastigmat 75mm f/4.5
Closest Focus: 1.2m (3.9ft)
Aperture: f/4.5 - f/22
10 bladed aperure
Shutter: 1/300 to 1s + B (Bulb)
Leaf shutter from Prontor-SV
Can also come with a Velio shutter which have speeds from 1/200 to 1/10 + B
Light meter: None
Battery: None
Flash: PC sync.
Weight: 565g

Double-exposure prevention

Takes 120 film
6×6 cm negative size.


Viewfinder:

Very simple and small but do the job.



Image quality


Analogue B&W film

Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16 - Anastigmat f/4.5
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16 - Anastigmat f/4.5
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16 - Anastigmat f/4.5
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16 - Anastigmat f/4.5
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16 - Anastigmat f/4.5
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16 - Anastigmat f/4.5


Bokeh
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16 - Anastigmat f/4.5
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16 - Anastigmat f/4.5


Flare / Backlight
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16 - Anastigmat f/4.5
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16 - Anastigmat f/4.5



Build quality

All metal and solid as a rock.
 
Operating
Zeiss Ikon Nettar 518/16 - Anastigmat f/4.5

Conclusion


Like all Zeiss Ikon folding cameras this do have very nice build quality and feel.
The Novar-Anastigmat lens is also a quite nice one.

Image quality is good and sharp but do have soft corners at bigger apertures.
It renders well with good contrast, bokeh.
Flare looks fairly well but I did get a little internal reflections from the aperture blades in direct sunlight.
Also work well in backlight.

Nice little camera and with great value for the money.
But a very simple one.


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

Thumbs down:
Corner sharpness at bigger aperture




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Scanner: Epson V700
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400
Developer: Kodak D76

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