Recently I went the Camera Show at its new location at Don Valley and Eglinton in Toronto and saw a very unusual camera I’d never seen before called a Zeiss Werra. It is a little interchangeable lens rangefinder with a leaf shutter and an in camera aperture. All the lenses are Carl Zeiss, and only 3 were available – a 35mm f2.8 Flektogon, a 50mm f2.8 Tessar and a 100mm f4 Cardinar; all of which are supposed to be excellent. I was offered 2 bodies (1 working the other for parts), all 3 lenses, a close up attachment (similar to a Leica Sooky-M) and some other accessories for $400. The pricing was probably the top end of the value, but the whole set was there.
My idea was to use these Zeiss lenses on the NEX; but as the camera is rare, no adapters are available. The other issue is that the aperture is built into the camera, so a camera would have to be dissected and converted into an adapter. Fortunately this package came with a parts camera, but in the end I decided that the hassle was probably not worth it.
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