Full test of the Zeiss

A while ago I was given a old bellows 120 camera, a Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16 to be precise. I tested the bellows in the tried and tested manner, cleaned it up and all seemed ok. I ran a roll of old, out of date, 35mm colour through it to test it for light leaks. You can read all about that here. That mini test proved fine, so I moved on with a full blown roll of Ilford Delta 100.

Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16
Baiter Sea Wall
Towards Brownsea Island
Launch Slipway
Shore Textures
Not Sea Worthy
A sign of the times

Only two things to note. One is that I wound on too much at the start of the roll. I had great trouble seeing the rather faint markings on the Delta backing paper, though the ruby window, in daylight – next time I need to take a magnifier to aid wind on accuracy! The other issue was that I lost the last frame too. I’m not sure that was my error. I wound off as usual, but the film was not tightly wound when I opened the bag. Next time, I’ll open it in the dark bag and make sure it’s wound tight! Not a major problem. Home developed in the usual Ilfosol 1+9 7 mins at 20°. I’m quite happy with the quality at this size, but I would imagine back in the day when this camera was current, one would have either got contact prints or 3.5 inch square prints. Either must have looked very good indeed! Good old Zeiss!!

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