|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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