Manufacturer: Zeiss Ikon, Stuttgart, Germany
Model: Signal Nettar II
Format: 120 rollfilm Viewfinder folding camera
Lens: Novar Anastigmat 75mm f/4.5
Shutter: Prontor-SVS 1s – 1/300 & Bulb
User Manual: PDF download
The Nettar II was produced in the company’s Stuttgart factory from 1949. My version is a rarer copy of the Red Signal Nettar II built in 1953. It has a little red gel which covers half the viewfinder after you have pressed the shutter and before you have wound on to indicate that you have already made an exposure. This mechanism was apparently very expensive to manufacture, and soon after the system was changed to have a red dot indicator on the top plate, next to the shutter button.
On its first outing with 120 film, I found the shutter was a little bit temperamental, although in hand the camera has a nice balance and great looks. Focus and exposure are entirely manual, so you’re on your own! See my photos made with the Nettar.