The 35mm Nettax (Zeiss Ikon 538/24) was a 35mm rangefinder camera introduced in 1936 as a cheaper alternative to the Contax II. It should have been called Super Nettel III, because it was a successor of the Super Nettel and Super Nettel II, but the Nettax name was preferred just before the release. Its Zeiss Ikon code number was 538/24.

Unlike the Super Nettel, the Nettax is a rigid camera. The shutter is a focal plane model to 1/1000, the same as the Super Nettel, an intermediate design between the shutters of the Contax I and the Contax II. It has a short-base coupled rangefinder, separated from the viewfinder window, and interchangeable lenses with a specific bayonet mount. The lenses incorporate a part of the rangefinder optics, like the lenses of the Tenax II. The very limited range of lenses was the following:

Nettax m05


by Ryszard Kobus

  • Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm f/3.5 Tessar standard lens;
  • Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm f/2.8 Tessar standard lens;
  • Carl Zeiss Jena 10.5cm f/5.6 Triotar tele lens.

An adapter ring allows to mount the Contax mount Zeiss Tessar 2.8cm f/8 on the Nettax, but this lens is not coupled to the rangefinder.

The Nettax was not a big success and is quite uncommon. The tele lens

Nettax m01

Nettax by Ryszard Kobus

is very rare, and today the price is high.

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