Voigtländer Vito IIa

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This is a Voigtländer Vito IIa, a 35mm folding camera from the mid-1950s.

Voigtländer had the advertising slogan, “It’s the lens that takes the picture” and this camera is fitted with a pin-sharp 50mm f/3.5 Color-Skopar four-element lens similar to the Tessar. It has a 9-speed Prontor SVS shutter (some versions had the cheaper 4-speed Pronto shutter) and cost about £25 when it first appeared in 1955.

Unfortunately, there is no rangefinder or light-meter but the scale focusing is accurate and it is not too difficult to carry a meter, or estimate using the ‘sunny 16’ rule.

Solidly built, the camera is surprisingly weighty but the folding design makes it eminently pocketable.

I used mine for April in my 12 months 12 cameras project. I love it for the lens, the overall ‘feel’ and for being built between 1955 and 1957 – just like I was.

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