Carl Zeiss Werramat

I didn’t know what to expect with the Carl Zeiss Werramat, originally purchased due to its clean design and unique lens cover. Equally interesting is the rapid-wind and cocking action initiated by twisting the ring at the base of the lens.

Surprising to precisely no-one is that optics on the Tessar f2 50mm lens are great. They are not the story here, rather the rest of the camera. Simple and solidly built, the Werramat feels as though it can last another 55 years.

In short, the WerraMat is a joy to shoot. Small touches like aperture and shutter speed being visible in the viewfinder make it a charming camera to use.

Make Carl Zeiss
Model Werramat
Year 1961 – 1964
Format 35mm
Shutter Prestor RVS
Speed B, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60, 125, 250, 750
Lens Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar
f2.8 50mm
Focus 0.8m – ∞
Aperture f2.8 to 22
Light Meter Yes
Rangefinder n/a



Example photos (Ultrafine 400, stand-developed HC-110 30 mins)


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