Super Nettel - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Super Nettel

1934

Zeiss-Ikon A. G.

Dresden

Germany

Image of Super Nettel

Lens:
f2.8, 5 cm Zeiss Tessar, iris diaphragm to f22. Serial no. 1526580 (1934).

Shutter:
Metal vertically running focal-plane, speeds 1/5 - 1/1000, B.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm cine film held in special or standard cassettes. Two cassettes can be used or one with the film being re-wound.

Focusing:
To 3 feet.

Attributes:
Rotating wedge coupled rangefinder, central double image. Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder.
Film advance by sprocket wheel that rotates backwards for re-wind. Auto-stop on film advance coupled to shutter. Exposure counter.

Identification:
This camera has all the late variations listed below.

Serial Number:
Y31983 (c. 1933) .

With:

  • 5 cm Albada view-finder. Cassette. Red filter R10, screw mount, in brown case.
  • Plate back adapter with three single metal slides (1 - 3).

Code Names:
536/24P - Camera. 533/24 - Finder. 536/13 - Plate back. 365/10 - Filter.

Super Nettel

Improved model I

1936

Zeiss-Ikon A. G.

Dresden

Germany

Image of Super Nettel

Lens:
f3.5, 5 cm Zeiss Triotar, iris diaphragm to f22. Serial no. 1650430 (1935).

Shutter:
Metal vertically running focal-plane, speeds 1/5 - 1/1000, B.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm cine film held in special or standard cassettes. two cassettes can be used or one with the film being re-wound.

Focusing:
To 1 metre.

Attributes:
Rotating wedge coupled rangefinder, central double image. Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder.
Film advance by sprocket wheel that rotates backwards for re-wind. Auto-stop on film advance coupled to shutter. Exposure counter.

Serial Number:
F40632 (c. 1936) .

With:
"Instructions for the Use of the Super Nettel I and II". Code: C 2502a E. Ever-ready case.

The Super Nettel was introduced as a cheaper alternative to the Contax I. It had a fixed lens attached to the body by bellows and scissor struts. The body itself was more streamlined than the Contax I and the whole camera was easier to use. The shutter setting/release/film advance knob was on top the camera as it would be on the Contax II introduced two years later.

Originally the camera was finished in black and nickel with a choice of two lenses both of 5 cm length, an f3.5 Tessar or f2.8 Tessar. An f3.5 Triotar was added in 1935. In 1936 the model II was introduced. This had a chrome finish and was only available with the f2.8 Tessar. The original model, then called the model I, was restricted to the f3.5 lenses. The model II had the finder extended to the front of the top plate and the accessory shoe was attached and not part of the top plate mounting.

There are a number of minor variations prior to the introduction of the model II:

  • The earliest had a flatter speed dial than later models.
  • The film advance knob had 6 rows of knurling, later 5.
  • The focusing scale was calibrated from infinity in a clockwise fashion, later it was anti-clockwise.
  • The depth-of-field scale was more spread out than later and flush with the face plate, later it was on an angled bezel.
  • The iris was moved by two small knobs, later only one.
  • The lens hood fixing studs were on a black surround, later nickel.

All of these variations occurred before the introduction of the model II. Later black model Is used the body parts of the II, that is, they had the extended finder and attached accessory shoe. The bright parts also became chrome. The price with an f2.8 lens was £23.10.0.

The filter with this example is in a special mount for the Super Nettel allowing the case to be closed with the filter in place.

Code Names:
C 2502a E - "Instructions for the Use of the Super Nettel I and II".

References & Notes:
BJA 1935, pp. 290, 549. BJA 1936, p. 549. BJA 1937, p. 549. ZI Cat. 1936, p. 42. ZI Cat. 1937, p. 33.

Further Information:
Tubbs, ZI Cameras, p.96.

Illustrations:
Auer, History, p.210. Early example.

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