I just bought a 6x6 Nettar, without paying much mind to the model number, off a well-known auction site; when it arrived, it turned out to be a 516/16. Thinking nothing of it, I did my usual poking around online to determine the history of the model, and found to my surprise that there essentially *isn't* any history of the model. Most ZI model lists go straight from the prewar 515 to the postwar 517.
<http://www.netcontax.com> has a few words describing the 516 as a "scarce" European-only model; the focus scale on mine is in metres, which would be consistent with that. It looks essentially identical to a 515 as far as I can tell, with no top housing, a two-part pop-up viewfinder, and a 75/4.5 Novar with no serial number.
I find, too, that the Zeiss Historica [sic] Journal once ran an article called "Tracking The Nettar 516", so I assume there's some sort of story behind this model. Does anyone know what that story is? And just what *is* the difference from the 515 that justifies bothering to put a second model number on it?
Last edited by ntenny; 06-20-2008 at 05:11 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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