This week our review camera is the Rheinmetall Weltax self erecting, dual format folder, taking 6x6 images, or 6x4.5 with the addition of a reduction mask placed over the film gate. It looks like this one was 'top of the line' as it has the four element Tessar 75mm F/3.5 lens, but ironically is equipped with an eight speed Tempor shutter, maxing out at 1/250, which was a bit slow for the times.
I purchased this Rheinmetall Weltax complete with the original box and all the paperwork, carrying case, and reduction mask. The date of manufacture appears to be late 1955 if I read the identification card correctly.
The Rheinmetall Weltax and Welta Weltax are the same camera, but VEB Welta-Kamera-Werk, according to online gossip, was overwhelmed with orders, and shifted some production to VEB Rheinmetall for a period of time.
The Weltax looks and feels like a quality camera, and has a good lens, so how does it perform...