Zeiss Ikon Cocarette is a folding bed medium format film camera, manufactured by Zeiss Ikon AG, Dresden, Germany, and produced between 1926-30.

Cocarette is a continued model of Contessa-Nettel.

Cocarettes were made in several models and sizes, each with variations of the lens and shutter equipment.

Cocarette models[]

  • No.207 5x7.5cm (uncommon size)
  • No.209 6x9cm
  • No.514 in 5 sizes
    • Contessa-Nettel No.210 = Zeiss 514/2 (1926-27)
  • No.517 in 3 sizes
    • Bellows or Lever focusing
    • Vertical lens adjustment
    • Some with sprit-level
  • No.518 in 3 sizes
  • No.519 in 3 sizes
    • Lever focus
    • no lens adjsustment
  • No.521 Luxus version of the Cocarette
    • Finished in a beautiful light brown leather, with matching bellows and chrome hardware
    • In 3 sizes: 521/2 for 6 x 9cm, 521/15 for 6.5 x 11cm and 522/17 for 8 x 10.5cm
    • With Tessar or Dominar lenses

All Cocarette have 64 different lens/shutter combinations like Derval, Klio, Compur, Sonto shutters and Frontar, Periskop, Novar, Dominar, Tessar lenses The Cocarette was originally a Contessa Nettel design which was carried on by Zeiss Ikon after the 1926 amalgamation when Contessa Nettel was one of the companies brought together under the Zeiss Ikon name. Zeiss Ikon carried on with the Cocarette till about 1930 but it was eventually pushed out by the Ikonta.


This data belongs to the camera in the pictures below.

  • Film: 120 roll, picture size: 6x9cm
  • Lens: Dominar-Anastigmat 105mm f/4.5
    • There are many lens-shutter combinations
    • Aperture: f/4.5-f/32
    • Focus range: 1.7-15m +inf
  • Focusing: manual front focusing, guess the distance
  • Shutter: Telma (Gauthier) speeds: 1/25-1/50-1/100 + T&B
  • Cocking and Shutter release lever: by the same lever, for speeds press once and release
  • Cable release socket: on the lens-shutter barrel
  • Viewfinder: waist level brilliant finder, turns to left on its own axis for landsape frames
  • Winding lever: on the right side of the camera
  • Bellows: single extension
  • Front cover and bellows opening: press the small silver knob on the right side of the camera, then engage the rails, and pull out the bellows until clicks; closing press the struts downwards
  • Loading: right side opens by a knob on it, for remowing the winder and film track from the right side of the camera
    • There is no pressure plate, but the film slides in guide slots along the whole width of the mask frame so there shouldn't be any problems with film flatness.
    • The back of the camera doesn't open. There is, however, a round, removable cover by turning it on the back plate to facilitate cleaning the lens
  • Others: Exposure table on the backcover; Self-timer; Tripod sockets two, 3/8 inch; Lugs for leather hand grip
  • Body: metal; Weight: 616g

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