Welta Symbol

It’s been a long time since I added a camera to this site. To be honest I’ve sold off all most all of my film cameras to finance the purchase of new lenses and cameras that aren’t chemical. But yesterday a friend gave me this Welta folder and I promptly took it out for a spin today. You can see the results here.

The Welta Symbol is a German 6×9 folder made in the 1930s. It was intended to be an affordable camera, and along with the similar Trio, was offered in a number of lens and shutter combinations. This one has a Weltar Anastigmat 10.5cm f/4.5 lens and a Pronto shutter that has T, B, 1/100, 1/50 and 1/25s settings. The focus ring is on the front of the lens and is marked in feet, from 5 to infinity.  Aperture settings go from f/4.5 to f/22.  But the lever can actually be moved beyond the f/22 mark, and it looks like the aperture closes down another full stop or more. There is a timer for the shutter release but it’s a bit sticky on this model. Right next to the shutter speed dial is a mirror finder that can be pivoted to be used in portrait or landscape orientation. It’s viewed from the top and yields a vertically and horizontally reversed image. There is also a popup viewfinder on the top edge of the body. Neither of the are very accurate but give a rough idea of the framing. On the bottom edge there is a film advance nob and the back cover has a viewing window to see the frame numbers on the film backing. There are two tripod mounts on the body. The first is on the front cover and is used when shooting in portrait orientation. The second is on the bottom edge and is for shooting in the landscape orientation. When closed this camera is genuinely compact, especially considering that its a 6×9.