What's cheaper than a Holga yet is probably better built and gives results that would not be shamed by professional equipment? Old folding cameras, that's what. And so I introduce to you the Zeiss Ikon Nettar. We are in love. Or, rather, I am in love with it. And I get the feeling that I'll have a few mistresses along the way. My neighbour wants me to sell her late husband's camera stuff and this was in that lot (along with a Rollei 110!). I didn't think too much of it initially, but I thought that as it was such a sunny day I'd put a roll in it and just take a few snaps out on the street. I had some 120 film that I had bought for my recently acquired Pentax 645 kit (which I haven't yet used). I put in a roll of Ektacolor 160 and took some photos on the street and then in my backyard. During this process something magical happened. I'm sure you all know the feeling. This thing made me smile. And so I put in a second roll and went out for a walk for about an hour. Below are just a few of the successful frames. Overall I found that I liked 9 out of a total of 24. They're now in my gallery. When I was young and very inexperienced I used to feel sorry for people who didn't have access to multiple options - a tonne of lenses, super-wide apertures, flashguns, filters etc. Well of course as your grow wiser you gradually realize what is useful and what is frippery. Of course this camera is limited with its slow operation and fixed lens, a 75/6.3. And I think that a better idea for a standard lens might be a 28mm equivalent, not a 50mm. However, you could argue that the choice is arbitrary. So I was happy to let the good people at Zeiss make the choice for me. I developed a standard way of using it so that I'd know exactly where I was: after the first photo, I wind the film to the next exposure. And I don't cock the shutter until I'm ready to take the next photo. Initially I made a few mistakes, like forgetting to wind the film between exposures. But, hey, that's what practice is for. My light meter was an iPhone app. If I didn't have that, I would have just used a look-up table and erred on the side of overexposure. I rated the film at 125 to be on the safe side. I would not be confident using slide film in this camera without an accurate light meter. Someone from the lab called to let me know when my film was ready and she said that they came out really well, as most of the 120 film they develop exhibits weird colours. I said that was probably Holga/Diana users with their expired film. But she asked me what filter I used! Eh, what? She asked me what filter I used. Well, that did put a smile on my face. Just the lens, nothing else. Not even a UV filter. The scans are actually not that good, and I'll have to take up that issue with them. But what is not their fault is the light leaks. I don't think it's the camera, but instead the way I loaded the film. Perhaps I did not wind it tightly enough around the take-up spool? It seems that Ektacolor 160 is a decent film as long as it's exposed correctly. I have not yet tried underexposing it. I'm keeping my Portra 400 for special occasions. I'll order more film anyway. One thing that I found: Fuji Pro 400H is as cheap as Ektacolor but is at least a third of a stop faster when rated at EI 200 (recommended by a PN user). I might do that. Of course I'll try b&w as well. Eventually I will use this camera - or one like it - on assignment. It is not good having good equipment as a mere toy. The Nettar, for me, combines two ideals: a sense of fun and professional results. I have to sort out the light leak issue first, though. Eventually I'll be buying a few more cameras like this, and I'm also keen on the Fuji GWs.