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1957-1962. 35mm film, viewfinder camera. Black body. Carl Zeiss decided that black is better for marketing purposes than green olive vulcanite. The first Wera with the front label.

Zeiss, Carl VEB: Werra 1B camera

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by Madd10 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:02 am

Werra "Made in Germany USSR Zone" Condition B sold on Ebay for US $32,88 (EUR 25,87) Oct 29 2012

"Vintage Werra 35mm Rangefinder Camera Carl Zeiss Germany USSR Zone with the Original Tessar 2.8 50mm Lens. It is marked Made in Germany USSR Zone which dates it to just after World War II era. It comes in fine clean solid complete condition with the screw-on lens cap cover - check my photos.

FROM GOOGLE: The Werra is a series of 35mm viewfinder or rangefinder cameras manufactured by the Carl Zeiss Jena factory which was primarily a lens-making plant. The Werra is named after a small German river.
The cameras offer a high degree of control with a minimum number of levers, knobs or rings. In their simplest incarnations, the Werras featured only a shutter release button on the top plate. With it's streamlined styling, one could call the Werras a design camera. Nearly all other controls were incorporated into the lens barrel. The most unique feature of the Werra is the covered ring around the lens barrel. Twisting the ring cocks the shutter and advanced the film in one motion. In addition, the lens cap doubles as a shade. The Werra uses a central shutter. It has flash sync at all speeds (B, 1 to 1/750s). It has an X and M setting and a self-timer V. The lens, a 50/2.8 Tessar, is often marked T instead of Tessar and Jena instead of Carl Zeiss Jena because of a conflict between the East- and West-German division of the firm -- though examples of export Werras with both disputed marks do exist.
On the lower left part of the barrel or shutter speed dial, there is a logo, "Q1," meaning "Erste Qualit├Ąt" or first quality. This was a designation for East-German exports to the West. Models meant for the home market lacked this logo. The lower right side featured the Ernemann tower logo derived from a tower found at Ernemann's camera factory in Dresden."
sold on Ebay for US $32,88 (EUR 25,87)

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