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Voigtländer Vito B, 35mm camera c1954

This Voigtländer Vito B is a delightful, well made and compact camera. This one came to me because the previous owner thought it was broken and had bought a new camera. They had noticed that the shutter would not cock when winding on with the back open. Vito B's will not cock the shutter without a film being present, as it is the film engaging a sprocket wheel that cocks the shutter during wind on. I was honest and pointed this out, but they let me have it anyway, thank you - its one of my favorites. Another version had a much enlarged viewfinder - go to it. Voigtländer 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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Voigtlander Vito B, 35mm camera c1954

Body No. None
Shutter, Prontor SVS, speeds B, 1, 2, 8, 15, 30, 60, 125 & 300th
Lens, Color Skopar 50mm f/3.5
Condition, 5F

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