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Voigtlander Vito Cameras - Vito Automatic I

by Stephanie Marriott

The Vito Automatic I first appears in Great Britain in the early 1960's.

It is fitted with an f/2.8 Lanthar lens in a synchronised, steplessly variable Prontor Lux shutter (1/30-1/500, B), and has a 1:1 brightline finder, lever wind, accessory shoe and a cable release socket. There is a three-zone rapid-focusing scale. A green/red signal in the viewfinder indicates whether an exposure is possible, and the aperture is selected automatically to suit the shutter speed set. If the indicator shows red, the shutter is not locked so that the photographer may choose to make the exposure, even if the light conditions are not good. A frame counter is fitted in the base of the camera. It cost about £32.

In about 1964 the camera specification was changed and later models have a Prontormatic 125 (1/30, 1/60, 1/125, B, X-sync) shutter which permits the automatic facility to be disconnected. The selected aperture is displayed in the viewfinder.

In about 1965 the lens was changed to the 50 mm. f/2.8 Color Lanthar 3-element lens, in the Prontormatic 125 shutter. This specification appears to remain constant until about 1968, when the camera appears to have been discontinued.

1964 advertisement for the Automatic I

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