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Classic Voigtlander 'VITO B' another 'Gift' !!

Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by PeteE, Feb 20, 2019.

  1. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    Given this on Friday at Club by a Club member who has had it from new for over 60 years ! I have never owned one of these 1950's German 'Classics' . The lens is the famous 'Color-Skopar' 50mm f3.5 and shutter is Prontor SVS 1-1/300th + B and flash synch for Bulbs and Electronic + Delayed action. You have to take off base-plate to load cassette on Left chamber. the only thing I do NOT like I've found so far is that you have to have a film loaded before the shutter will fire, so i cannot look through the back with shutter open on 'B' to check lens. Also. found there is a 'Premature Shutter Release Fault' whereas when i wind on, the shutter fires at end of stroke before I can press proper release button -- I got a reply from a kind Yank on Photrio Forum that it may be teh cable release plunger is 'Stuck Down'.So I connected a Cable Release and pressed it several time gently then wound film and shutter did NOT fire . i took camera out into garden a d tried again-- once the 'Premature Fault' happened then it seem to have cleared. Maybe there was some 'crud' down in cable release socket. Came with immaculate leather case and a Hood and a 'BEWI' meter in small leather cases. I put 'Neatsfoot Oil' onto leather and saved strap from breaking as it was very dry after 60 years !

    [​IMG]Voigtlander Vito B 01 by Peter Elgar, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Voigtlander Vito B 02 by Peter Elgar, on Flickr
     
  2. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    I did a VIDEO on this Classic VITO B with actual PRINTS taken with it -- you can see it here :
     
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  3. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    Another cracking video there Pete!

    It prompted me to have a look at my Voigtlander BL and shake my head sadly at it - it's the version with the f2.8 lens and the built-in Bewi meter but everything else about it is much as your B. I acquired it for the princely sum of (I think) £2 at a church jumble sale in Caergwrle in North Wales.

    The reason for the sad head shaking is that on it's first trip out with film in it, it suffered a catastrophic failure when all of the shutter leaves collapsed into a small heap inside the bottom of the lens barrel!

    Anyway, keep up the good work with the videos.

    Cheers, Jeff
     
  4. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    I'm too shattered to watch the whole thing tonight (a relaxing weekend with my mother...), but I enjoyed the bits I flicked through. Unfortunately I have no idea about the meter - I have a tiny clip on myself (oo-er), but it's a Kodak one and it's pretty simple.

    Incidentally, I love your accant, am I right in thinking that's a proper old-fashioned south Essex accent from before the East End were priced out of London?

    Adrian
     
  5. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    Yes -- I came from East Ham but was 'evacuated' to Rochdale in Lancs so acquired a Lancs accent -- on return to London as the Germans invaded Norway and could use airfields to reach Northern Towns my Mum said we may as well get 'Bombed' back in East Ham -- so I acquired an East London Accent then moved here to Brentwood in 1965 -- gone all 'Posh !
     
  6. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    you still sound east london to me.
    However, Up here, in Saddleworth they still say I sound southern after 25 years, but I have lived all over the country with the longest in and around london (NW3) and south east Kent. At one time I was living in Sidmouth but going to school in Shropshire. During the war I was mostly living around London/Croydon and going to school in Westmoreland then Norwich. so my accent is just an amalgam.
     

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