Anyone familiar with Arette IA?

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  1. hamster

    hamster TPF Noob!

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    I'm finding very little info regarding this camera on the web. My dad used this in Vietnam - my mom just dug it up and offered it to me, and will be sending it soon, so I don't have it in hand.

    I know it's from around 1957, German, 35mm, 45mm f/2.8 lens, and I can find some history about it, but I don't know whether it needs a battery, etc. If you have any experience with this camera, let me know! Thanks.

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  2. Jeff Canes

    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If it does need a battery, it’s most likely just for the light meter, so the camera should work without one
     
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    Ok, it seems it does not have a light meter according to a German page I translated with google. I can't be sure though, the translation is a little funky. Thanks Jeff.
     
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    All the little info I have about the Arette Ia is:

    Made by the Apparate Und Kamerabau (Friedrichshafen, Germany), made from 1957. If yours has a bright frame in the viewfinder, then it's made in 1959 or later. Model Ib has a meter, yours does not. Value today? In excellent shape cosmetically, mechanically and optically about $35.

    Hope this helps.
     

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