|Voigtländer Vito B, skopar f/2.8, 35mm camera c1954|
Voigtländer Vito B, a German built and comfortably sized 35mm camera. Improved version of the other Vito B in the collection. This version was sold in parallel with the other as a higher specification model, the difference being a lens of f/2.8 and a much improved and brighter viewfinder, although the latter, I feel, spoilt the appearance of the lesser model VitoB. This one was found during 1998 in a bargain bucket at a charity shopVoigtländer is decidedly unusual in that the company predates the invention of photography by some 90 years, scientific instruments being its business initially in Vienna the Germany from the mid 1800s. Following the year after the first commercially available photographic processes were announced the company developed the first mathematically computed lens, the f/3.7 Petzval, named after the mathematician who did the tricky bit. With such heritage, Voigtländer cameras have tended to exhibit quality in both build and optics. The name continues to adorn a small range of cameras into the 21st century, albeit in name only.
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Shutter, Prontor SVS, speeds B, 1, 2, 8, 15, 30, 60, 125 & 300th
Lens, Color Skopar 50mm f/2.8
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