|Favorite Classics Cameras Welta Welti|
by Kar Yan Mak
Most people are not familiar with this classic 'folder'. Unlike its contemporary, the well-known Kodak Retina series, that "everyone" has either owned, seen or at least heard of. The Welta Welti was manufactured between 1935 and 1950 by Welta Kamera-Werke (Waurich & Weber, Freital, Germany). Weltis came with a variety of lenses and shutter combinations: Vebur, Cludor, Compur, Tessar, Xenar, and Trioplan. It even came in a medium format model (6.5x11cm), the Welta Perle.
My Welti was purchased for the huge sum of eleven smackers! But it required some slight repair. Three screws were missing and it had a bad case of 'sticky shutter'. Actually, it was just that the works were gummed up with grease and dust. After they were cleaned with Ronsonol lighter fluid they freed right up.
It sports a Schneider Kreuznach 5cm f/3.5 lens which was manufactured between September 1939-42 (according to the Schneider Optics: Age of Lenses site, see bottom "links") But the classiest thing about the Welti has to be its beautiful embossing. On the front leatherette "Welti" is embossed and on the back leatherette "Welta". The bottom plate is also engraved with "Welta."
As you can maybe see in the following pictures, the shutter release button is missing from the top of the frame counter, otherwise it is complete. The operation of this camera is fairly easy and straight forward, however it should be pointed out that a button needs to be pushed in order to advance the counter to the next frame.
You won't find many links or much information on this camera, so hopefully the following diagrams and pictures will be a helpful reference.