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Welta - Kamera-Werk Freital (Welta Kamerawerke Waurich & Weber, from the1959 onwards VEB Pentacon )


Reflekta II

It reminds a lot contemporary Czech Flexaret TLR's. What I have got is a bit rusty but the lenses are clear and the camera is ready to use. To be honest, the truth is, that everything works and the lenses are clear but who knows the accuracy of the shutter times.

Focusing is done by a lever under the taking lens. The frame counter is a "classic" red window on the back of the camera. Reflecta II was sold with three different shutters, Cludor (B, 1 - 1/200s), Junior or Vebur (B1 - 1/250s). The camera has a flash contact (x sync.)

Twin lens reflex cameras were still in favour during the fifties but soon they were smashed by 35mm rangefinders and SLR's.
This camera is a common 6x6 format TLR utilizing 120 film. It is complete with all parts but has also clearly suffered from the humidity and somehow regardless use. Fortunately there are not heavy marks of unprofessional repair attempts.

Film winding is done by a knob without automatic setting of the shutter so it has to be cocked by the separate lever. The ground glass has an etched lines for aid in composition. The Reflekta II was also exported with a name, Wirgin.

Ferdinand Merkel founded in 1900 a camera workshop Camera-Werk Merkel, Tharandt. In 1932 Ferdinand Merkel developed a Twin - Lens Reflex camera, Reflekta. In the same year the company was taken over by Fritz Richter and the name was changed, Kamera-Werk C. Richter Tharandt. During the WWII the production was ceased. After the war, the company started manufacturing cameras again and was called since 1946 Reflecta Kamera Werke Tharandt and from 1948 Tharandt Kamera Werke (Uh, huh, or perhaps not) . Manufacturing of the post war Reflekta continued until in 1950 when Reflekta II was introduced and the manufacturing of the camera started, now by VEB Welta-Kamerawerk.

Since 1914 existed in the Hainsberg the Weeka-Kamera-Werk, which was founded by Walter Waurich and Theodor Weber. The production consisted of various plate and roll film cameras mostly for the amateur photographers.
In 1946 the company was nationalized and got a name (VEB) Welta-Kamerawerk and from 1947 onwards the production was continued again including the TLRs Reflekta and Reflekta II until 1954 when the Weltaflex TLR was introduced.

Three possible 75/3.5 lenses are reported; Triotar, Trioplan and Meritar. All of them made by L.Meyer in Goerlitz.

  • Film type 120
  • Picture size 6x6cm
  • Weight 1000g (approximate.)
  • Lens 2 x Meyer-Optik Trioplan 1:3,5/75 coated
  • Filter size 40.5mm screw in type
  • Shutter Vebur 1/1 - 1/250 + B, self timer
  • Viewfinder TLR
Welta Weltax

Welta Weltax 6x6/4.5x6 / Rheinmetall (1939-1959)

For me Rheinmetall is better known for cannons than for cameras but after WWII they made or perhaps rather assembled cameras like the Exa and Exakta and this Weltax. Company was founded in 1889 by Heinrich Ehrhardt as Rheinische Metallwaren- und Maschinenfabrik Aktiengesellschaft. Today the product range is similar, even what it comes to cameras. Even though the cameras manufactured by Rheinmetall are now only for the military purposes.


Originally Welta was a German camera maker based in Freital. After the war Welta continued production in East Germany as a state company (VEB Welta-Kamera-Werk) The original Weltax had the advance button on the bottom, while most post-war items have it on top.
As usual also Welta was available with various lens and shutter combinations, like 4 element 3.5/75 Tessar (Zeiss Ikon) or a 2.8/75 Xenar (Schneider). Others were the Primotar (Meyer) the Novar 3.5/75 (Zeiss Ikon), Radionar 2,9/80 (Schneider Kreuznach) or Cassar 2.9/80 (Steinheil München).
Generally speaking had the lens four elements or was it a triplet Welta Weltax was or still is capable to produce quite decent, sharp and contrast negatives.

My Weltax has a rugged die-cast body which gives the camera a feeling of a high quality. Pre-war folder cameras were mostly pressed steel construction. The lens is a 3,5/75mm Tessar and the shutter is rather rare alternative the 1, 1/2, 1/5, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/250sec +B + X sync. West German Prontor-S. Other option was for instance the East German Tempur.

Rheinmetall Welta

The camera is in near mint condition except it lacs the mask for 4,5 X 6 format so if I want to put the film through it, I have to be satisfied with 6 X 6 pictures. Notice the parallax correction slide knob and the frame size setting on the viewfinder.

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Film type 120, roll film
Picture size 6×6 and 4,5×6 cm
Lens Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 3,5/75mm , coated
Shutter Prontos-S 1, 1/2, 1/5, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/250 Sek.; B;
Weight 620g
Size 135 x 76 x 42 mm (closed)
135 x 76 x 113 mm (open)
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