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    Heli, what is the serial number on the camera? It should be a letter followed by numbers, perhaps embossed in the leather.

    If there is a Zeiss lens, the serial is also useful, though most Nettars came with numberless Novars.

    Which 120 format is your Nettar? I think they were made in 6x4.5, 6x6, and finally 6x9 as the original poster's.

    Nettars are OK, but Ikonta's are a step above in terms of quality. Super Ikonta's add a coupled rangefinder at the cost of much size and weight.
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    The serial number is K 41095. Novar as a lens. It's 6x6. I'm going to put this beauty into my vitrine . Of course going to test it first.
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    The letters flipped over once - its either about 1938 or about 1956. It should be pretty easy for you to see whether its a prewar camera (uncoated lens, no chrome) vs postwar (coated lens, chrome top).
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    Are the letters going from A-Z, and then starts over again at some point in time? I could never figure out how it really works and the information is pretty limited and confusing too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Kovacs
    The letters flipped over once - its either about 1938 or about 1956. It should be pretty easy for you to see whether its a prewar camera (uncoated lens, no chrome) vs postwar (coated lens, chrome top).
    Ok. Then it's 1956 because of chrome top. Thanks, Mike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeliH
    Ok. Then it's 1956 because of chrome top. Thanks, Mike!

    It should have 517/16 or 518/16 embossed into the leather too. Be prepared to be amazed. Stop down into the f11 range set your approximate distance, meter and set the speed, then shoot away. Those triplets take wonderfully contrasty photos. My 518 is my everyday carry around camera. It replaced the FM2.

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    In the Leather says only Zeiss Ikon, but in the body, I finally found it, is 518/16. What do those numbers mean? And I can't stop wondering the really beautiful condition of this, it really looks that this has never been used. It looks like brand new.
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    Try looking very carefully at the back of the camera, on one edge it's stamped with the model no as well. Camera Serial no is the other end.

    The Nettar 516 takes 6x4.5 images on 120 roll film

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    51x are the Nettar model numbers (52x Ikonta, 53x Super Ikonta)

    No / = 6x4.5
    /16 = 6x6
    /2 = 6x9
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    Thanks Mike

    My mistake it's so difficult to read the Model & no, close inspection and my camera is an Ikonta 521, which is 6x4.5

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