On a recent trip to Germany my missus brought me back an unusual looking camera she found in a second hand shop. It's called a WERRA and was produced around 1960 in the Carl Zeiss factory in Jena which also happens to be her hometown. Not only that, her father actually worked in the labs at the same factory for many years.
The camera is very unusual in that the only control on the body is the shutter button, while all the other controls are on the lens barrel. The focal distance, aperture and shutter speeds are controlled by turning rings on the lens. The most unique feature is the covered black ring at the base of the barrel. Twisting the ring cocks the shutter and advances the film in one motion.
This design gives the camera a very sleek look and it sits very smoothly in your hand without all the dials and cranks. This is all well and good, but does it take decent pictures? So far, I've stuck two rolls of film through it, one black and white and one kodak slide film which I cross processed. All in all, it's not bad for a 55 year old camera.