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Voigtlander Vito Cameras - Vitomatic II

by Stephanie Marriott

The Vitomatic II was introduced around 1958.

It has a coupled meter and an incident light attachment is supplied with the camera, but this has no means for fastening it to the camera and was usually lost. The meter display is on the top-plate, and the pointer is aligned with a circle by adjusting the aperture. The required aperture/shutter speed combination can then be selected.

The brightline viewfinder has a centre spot coupled coincident-image rangefinder.

The base-plate has a hinged portion which, together with the hinged back, gives access to the film chamber for loading. Film is advanced using a single-stroke lever wind. The frame counter, which indicates the number of unexposed frames, is on the base of the camera. There is also an accessory shoe, delayed action and cable release socket (in the release button).

The lens is a 50 mm. f/2.8 Color Skopar in Prontor SLK-V shutter.

The film speed is set directly onto the shutter, around the lens mount; unlike the Vito BL, this camera does not use an EV scale. In addition, there is a system of dots which allows a filter factor to be set without complicated calculations.

In common with many other Voigtlander cameras, the distance settings have zone focus marks. Shutter speeds are engraved in black (may be hand held), red (tripod recommended) and green (whole seconds, obtained using "B" setting).

In 1959, the camera cost about £53.

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