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Carl Zeiss Jena Werra
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Manufactured or assembled in Germany (Former GDR) from 1954 to (After) 1954.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 5377

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Chronology of cameras Carl Zeiss Jena 

The Werra cameras are surprising cameras in more ways than one. Coming from East Germany (DDR), they boast a modern design, which is unorthodox compared to the usual productions of the country. These were often the result of a pursuit of productivity in line with the expectations of a utopian plan rather than real technical efficiency.

The design is very streamlined, with almost perfect symmetry between the top and the base. The controls are seamlessly integrated, with film advancement and shutter cocking achieved by rotating a ring at the base of the lens. The shutter release button barely protrudes on the top cover. The top of the early models is flat, then becomes rounded from around 1961/62.

When not in use, the lens is protected by a cone-shaped cover. This transforms into a sunshade when the cap at its end is unscrewed.

On the same base, multiple versions were produced: with or without rangefinder, with or without light meter, black or khaki, flat or rounded top cover, flash shoe, different coverings.

Except for the early examples, the lens is typically a Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2.8/50 mm, renowned for its quality. On later models, the lens will be referred to as Jena T, following a complaint from Zeiss (West Germany). The shutter is usually a Prestor RVS, with the maximum speed evolving with successive models.

Some models include:

    Years (c.)  

Werra Carl Zeiss Jena 1954 Flat top, leatherette olive green
Werra 1 Carl Zeiss Jena c.1955 Flat top, leatherette olive green
internal updates
Werra 1a Carl Zeiss Jena 1958 Flat top
Werra 1b   1959  
Werra 1c Carl Zeiss Jena 1961 Flat top
Werra 1e Carl Zeiss Jena 1964 rounded flat, shoe
uncoupled lightmeter
Werra 2 Carl Zeiss Jena 1957 Flat top
coupled rangefinder, interchangeable lens
Werra 3 Carl Zeiss Jena 1958 Flat top
Werra 3e Carl Zeiss Jena  

rounded flat, shoe

uncoupled lightmeter and coupled rangefinder, interchangeable lens
Werra 4   1958  
coupled lightmeter and coupled rangefinder, interchangeable lens
Werra 5   1960  
coupled lightmeter
Werramat Carl Zeiss Jena 1961 rounded flat, Fixed lens
Werramat Carl Zeiss Jena   rounded flat, Fixed lens
Werramat e Carl Zeiss Jena c. 1965 rounded flat, Fixed lens, hoe
Werramat e Carl Zeiss Jena   rounded flat, Fixed lens, hoe
coupled lightmeter and coupled rangefinder, interchangeable lens
Werramatic      
Werramatic e      


The Prestor shutter is quite unique. To allow for exposure times shorter than 1/500, East German engineers devised an original system.
In a typical central shutter, the shutter blades, shaped like shark fins, slow down as they approach full aperture, then come to a stop before reversing direction to close off the light passage. This compromises the shutter's performance for short exposures.
In the Werra, the crescent-shaped blades do not slow down as they reach full aperture but continue moving in the same direction; it's the second part of the crescent that blocks the light. The downside of this system is that during recocking, the blades follow the reverse path, reopening the shutter. Hence, the presence of a second shutter closed during recocking is necessary.


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This camera is the first version of the Werra, released in 1954, because the ring located at the base of the lens is made of aluminum.

The early cameras in this series were equipped with a Novonar 1:3.5 50mm lens. This one, more recent but predating the Werra I, is equipped with a Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2.8/50mm lens and a Vebur shutter that goes up to 1/250.

The flash socket is on the side of the body. The coating is olive green in color.

The name (Werra) is embossed on the back.

Carl Zeiss Jena Werra





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