Rheinmetall Weltax is medium format film folding camera made by Rheinmetall c.1955. It was a VEB Welta-Kamera-Werk designed camera but due to the high demand for cameras and to increase production, part of the manufacturing was shifted to VEB Rheinmetall.

This camera is identical with original Welta Weltax.


  • Film 120 roll, dual format 6x6 and 6x4.5cm w/ a mask
  • Engraving on the upper front of the camera: Weltax
  • Lens: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 75mm f/3.5, four element, filter: slip-on
    • Aperture: f/3.5-f/22 setting: lever and scale behind the lens-shutter barrel
    • Focus range: 1-15m +inf
  • Focusing: manual front focusing
  • Shutter: Tempor leaf shutter, speeds: 1-1/250 +B; setting: ring and scale on the lens-shutter barrel
  • Shutter release: on the left of the top plate
  • Cocking lever: on the shutter
  • Cable release socket: none
  • Viewfinder: simple optical finder, w/ format adjustment setting by a sliding button on the finder, and w/ parallax adjustment setting near / infinity by a sliding button on the right side of the finder, when the button marks inf. the back part of the finder is slightly lower position, when on N, finder rises upwards slightly, press the finder for turning inf. position
  • Winding knob: on the right of the top plate
  • Flash PC socket: on the lens-shutter barrel
  • Self-timer: by a small knob, on the lens-shutter barrel
  • Bellows opening: by a knob on the bottom plate, closing: press the struts downwards
  • Film loading: a special mechanism on the spools
  • Back cover: hinged, w/ two orange windows for 6x6 and 6x4.5, w/ buil-in lid; Back cover opens with the left side part of the camera by a latch under the hand-grip
  • Engravings on the back cover: Rheinmetall and its logo, and MADE IN GERMANY,
  • Engraving on the bottom plate: Rheinmetall and logo
  • Tripod socket: 3/8", on the bottom plate
  • Lugs for hand-grip
  • Body: metal; Weight: 599g
  • Serial no. inside the camera


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