Welta Weltix: On the shores of Lake Champlain

On the shores of Lake Champlain

Welta Weltix

An August evening on the shores of Lake Champlain.Pretty popular spot for a walk in the summer.  I eye-balled the light and the distance. That meant aperture wide open and the lets focused to infinity. I was testing a Welta Weltix, a 35mm folder at least designed in the 1930s, although made, I believe, even after the war.

There isn’t much more to the camera than the lens and the shutter. The shutter speeds  run T, B, 1-1/300 sec, and the lens is a Steinheil Munchen Cassar, 5cm f 2.9. I’ve had the camera for a couple of years, but I never bother to put film in it until recently.

This was not an easy camera to shoot despite the lack of controls. You have to look at the lens to set the aperture and distance, and cock the shutter manually before you can squeeze off a shot. The viewfinder is also  very dim and small. None of this makes for a quick snap. The upside is that I tended to think a bit more about a photo before pressing the shutter release.

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