Month ago at my "dealer's house" I found a Welta, model Weltur 6x6 6x4,5 (no mask), after a quick check I saw the wind know was not the original (it could be winded in both directions) and the hand strap was missing so he gave me permission to try something with it...
At home I saw some bellows problems (one crack on a side and some holes near the front lens), I used the Liquid Electrical Tape I have for this moments and after 24h drying I tested them back and everything was fine.
Next was the wind knob, lucky me there was a local auction of a "Welta Weltax"
Very "original camera" AS-IS its not enough, the price was around $15 shipping included, because after doing some digging it seems Welta used the same know for every camera of those times and hey! there was a leather strap there as well! The best use that camera could have is the one I did.
As soon the camera arrived I took out what I needed and trashed the rest (the lens Kodak 10.5 I kept it)
Now the problem was the Weltax knob was CCW and I needed CW for the Weltur, so thank you very much to the german engineer who though a system that changing the inside spring up side down this can be achieved.
I took a roll of the TRI-X pan 320 from 1984 and I did some pics, here are the best ones, I shot at ASA40 this time, Im bad doing calculations so maybe I did not right at some shots. Julio, here you have two fan photos, it should be third from Tunisians fan but it has not been scanned, tomorrow I pick up the negatives and see what happened. Btw, I will continue shooting fans in BW, no way to miss the countries they are form
This was a close focus test.
This one I tried to get both sides, sunny and shaded all-right.
Infinite focus of my favourite building from the other side
Same picture done by Inos II days ago, I think this lens is sharp...
The camera is easy to use, no double exposure prevention, but the film is really pressed by the plate and the suction made when opening is minimal, anyway I keep doing 1/4 a turn when its opened.
The rangefinder is great, easy, visible, no way of doing it wrong but only in daylight, focusing at dark objects could be tricky.
My dislike is the viewfinder it self, very narrow, the real photo has more view... as the Mexican fans, when I looked through the viewfinder I though they could not fit, shoulders were at my viewfinder margins and look the picture and it was pretty safe.
Tomorrow I will do a clean-up of the leatherette and post some pics of the camera, which I found out is from November 1936.
My guess its the next roll after servicing the shutter (super soft, speed 400 fires at 90!!) will be Delta 100 for best photo quality and see how it goes.
This was my yesterday morning riding again through Moscow, today was too hot.
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