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The Weltur is a series of rangefinder folding cameras using 120 film, made in the 1930s by the German company Welta. The lens is unit focused, driven by a small knob at one side of the folding bed, a system which was already used in the earlier Solida model. The distance setting is visible in a small window on the interior of the folding bed. The rangefinder is coupled, and combined with the viewfinder. There is a depth of field table on the top plate, and a body release.

The Weltur first existed in a 4.5×6 version, with a black finish. Then it was released in 4.5×6, 6×6 and 6×9 versions with a chrome rangefinder, looking like the rangefinder of the first Weltini model. The 6×6 and 6×9 versions are dual format and can also take 4.5×6 pictures, with a mask inserted in the exposure chamber and another slid in front of the viewfinder. They have two red windows on the back.

Lens/shutter combinations:

  • Weltur 4.5×6 black:
  • Weltur 4.5×6 chrome:
    • Schneider Xenar 7.5cm f/2.8 & Compur-Rapid
  • Weltur 6×6:
    • Schneider Xenar 75/2.8 & Compur-Rapid
    • Carl Zeiss Tessar 75/2.8 & Compur
    • Carl Zeiss Tessar 75/2.8 & Compur-Rapid
  • Weltur 6×9:
    • Schneider Xenar 105/3.8 & Compur-Rapid
    • Carl Zeiss Tessar 10.5cm f/4.5 & Compur-Rapid

In all cases, the Compur shutter goes to 1/250 and the Compur-Rapid to 1/400.

Japanese advertisement for the black 4.5×6cm model Edit

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