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Voigtlander Vito Cameras - Vito CL

by Stephanie Marriott

Voigtlander Vito CL
Voigtlander Vito CL

 

Voigtlander Vito CL
Voigtlander Vito CL

Two variants of the Vito CL

The CL is based on the Vito C, with the addition of a built-in, coupled, shutter-priority, match-needle meter. It was introduced, with the Vito C and CD, in 1960, when, with a 50 mm. f/2.8 Lanthar lens in Prontor LK six-speed shutter, it cost about £29. By the following year, the camera was also available with a Color-Skopar f/2.8 lens, which cost about £38.

Voigtlander Vito CL Voigtlander Vito CL

I believe this is the "De Luxe" finish

Finish options were available for a while, as with the other two models (see Vito C for more about these). Early models have a top-plate metering display, but in the mid-sixties, the specification was enhanced to give a viewfinder display of the meter needle; at this time the camera with Lanthar cost about £36 and the Color Skopar option cost about £47. The following year the Lanthar was replaced by the Color Lanthar and the price of this option increased to about £37. The camera appears to have been discontinued about 1968.

1964 advertisement for the Vito CL

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