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Voigtlander Vito Cameras - Vito CLR

by Stephanie Marriott

This model was also introduced in 1960 and was the top model Vito at the time, as it has both a coupled coincident-image rangefinder and a coupled shutter-priority meter.

As with other Vito cameras, the focusing scale has zone markings for quick focusing, when use of the rangefinder would be too slow. There is also a depth of field scale.

Also in common with other Vito models, the rewind knob may be used to disengage the interlock for winding through a partly-used film.

The film speed is set on the lens mount and an incident light attachment for the meter was supplied with the camera (it should be noted that it unusual for this to be supplied with a second-hand camera - most were lost). In 1961, the camera with f/2.8 Lanthar in Pronto-LK cost about £40 and with f/2.8 Color Skopar it cost about £47. Finish options were available, as with the Vito C and other models, for a while in the early 1960s. In about 1965, the finish options were dropped and the camera enhanced to permit the meter needle to be seen in the viewfinder. The Lanthar was replaced by the Color Lanthar and the cost for the Color Lanthar option was about £45 while the Color Skopar option had risen to about £56. The camera was discontinued in about 1968.

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