Topic: Werra Ia

Last week ,  we were in Gdansk where I bought this camera dating back from 1959 , in perfect state .I put in it a very old Kodak plusX film to test how it works .
Here are some pictures of the belfry of the city hall and the fountain of Neptun nearby ;

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I am a Pentacon and kiev( MF and35 mm) user,and also :contaxII,III,IIa  ,contaflex , contarex bullseye ,voigtlander ....

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Very sharp pics with great contrast! Very much like the signature look of the ones from my Werra 2. Does this old one have a Tessar or the earlier Novar triplet (I think that's what it was)?

Canon EOS30D, Sony NEX-3
Favourite M/F lenses: Nikkor 50/1.4 pre-AI, Zuiko 50/1.4, Flek 35/2.4, SP 35-80/2.8-3.8, Macro-Tak 50/4 preset *NEW* Jupiter-8 and more rangefinder lenses to come!
Favourite (and only) AF lens: Sigma 12-24

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It has a Tessar 2,8/50 but it is not interchangeable and the shutter runs from B, 1, 2....1/250
Here is the little beast :

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I am a Pentacon and kiev( MF and35 mm) user,and also :contaxII,III,IIa  ,contaflex , contarex bullseye ,voigtlander ....

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I do like the olive green ones! Custom skins before they were fashionable and hipster!

Canon EOS30D, Sony NEX-3
Favourite M/F lenses: Nikkor 50/1.4 pre-AI, Zuiko 50/1.4, Flek 35/2.4, SP 35-80/2.8-3.8, Macro-Tak 50/4 preset *NEW* Jupiter-8 and more rangefinder lenses to come!
Favourite (and only) AF lens: Sigma 12-24

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Still very capabel camera. I didn't believe in them when they were new, because of the odd noise ad feel during transport of the film.
I was clearly wrong!
Recently I found a working Werra I with Prestor shutter (1 - 1/750); have to load it soon with a B&W film.

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You are right , the sound and feel of the cocking ring do not look like anything else !
But , the first test I do when I get one of these species in my hand  , is to cock the shutter ; if the feel of the springs is constant   , the sound regular and low and if the ring turns back counterclockwise   nervously  , then I go on to the next test  ...which is to  look  at the two series of  shutter blades .
I will be happy to see your pictures of Delft , shot with this small camera ..

I am a Pentacon and kiev( MF and35 mm) user,and also :contaxII,III,IIa  ,contaflex , contarex bullseye ,voigtlander ....

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nice shots!


on your next trip, you should really consider buying a Werra 3 (or 5) and the 35mm Flektogon, they make a great travel kit smile


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You are absolutely right , Barney , this is the reason why I had 2 cameras in Danzig : a Kiev 60 with a Biometar and a Werra 3 with a Flektogon !... before to buy this Werra 1a . As you , I have also a Cardinar but I did not take it for this trip neither the Tessar .
I'll post the colour pictures   when I   get them ...

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I am a Pentacon and kiev( MF and35 mm) user,and also :contaxII,III,IIa  ,contaflex , contarex bullseye ,voigtlander ....

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Excellent pics, Pierre, and very lucky the camera had the custom hood for the 50!

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I thank you for the French flag , blind terrorism is awful   . I grew up with the war in Algeria , in particular , when I was 12 , during the Battle of Algiers ( 1957 ) . We were very lucky to get back in France in 1961  , the whole family unharmed .
We must be clear and firm in our choice of friends / foes ...
This Easter we went to Sicily with children and grand-children , I took my Contax IIa with the  21mm and the 50mm , I'll post some pics.

I am a Pentacon and kiev( MF and35 mm) user,and also :contaxII,III,IIa  ,contaflex , contarex bullseye ,voigtlander ....

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Looking forward to those pictures, Pierre! France is our first our oldest ally, we don't forget.