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Manufactured in Germany from 1919 until 1926.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Contessa-Nettel Deckrullo
Contessa-Nettel Deckrullo 6,5 x 9

This camera is the smallest version of the Contessa-Nettel line of Deckrullo-Nettel strut folding cameras, designed for 6.5 x 9 cm plates. Its small size makes unnecessary the internal scissor struts that are present in the other larger Nettel sizes, and which gives stability to the weight of larger front standards. The camera is made of wood covered by black grainy leather. It was made around 1920s after the merge of Nettel with Contessa.

The focal plane shutter delivers speeds in ranges based on two spring tensions, namely 1/10 to 1/100 (tension 2) and 1/120 to 1/1200 (tension 1). Varying slit width is controlled by the upper shutter wheel and accounts for the different speeds in each spring tension.

The lens is a Carl Zeiss Jena Protar with 14 cm of focal length and maximum aperture of 18, mounted on a changeable lensboard, and has vertical and horizontal shift.