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The '''Vito B''' is an attractive and compact 35mm viewfinder introduced in 1954 by [[Voigtländer]]. It has the fine Color-Skopar 50mm f/3.5 or f/2.8 lens (a four element [[Tessar]]-type) in a 4-speed [[Pronto]] or 8-speed [[Prontor]] shutter.
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The '''Vito B''' is an attractive and compact 35mm viewfinder made by [[Voigtländer]] and produced between 1954-60. It has the fine Color-Skopar 50mm f/3.5 or f/2.8 lens (a four element [[Tessar]]-type) in a 4-speed [[Pronto]] or 8-speed [[Prontor]] shutter.
   
 
==Shutter==
 
==Shutter==
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|image_text= Voigtländer Vito B, outfit, original small finder model <small>image by Patrick Stacey </small>
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The Vito B was equipped with either a 4-speed [[Pronto]] (B, 1/25th, 1/50th, 1/100th, and 1/200th sec)<ref name="denton">Denton, ''Voigtlander Vito B''.</ref> or 8-speed (B, 1, 1/2, 1/5th, 1/10th, 1/25th, 1/50th, 1/100th, and 1/300th sec) [[Prontor]] SVS shutter, the 4-speed shutter being discontinued in 1959.<ref name="marriott">[http://www.marriottworld.com/vito_cameras/vitob.htm Voigtlander Vito Cameras - Vito B].</ref> The shutter is cocked by the film engaging a sprocket wheel, preventing double exposure, and so will not cock if there is not a film present;<ref name="licmsurvey">South 2001.</ref> this has led some to mistakenly diagnose the shutter of a working Vito B as broken.
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The Vito B was equipped with either a 4-speed [[Pronto]] (B, 1/25th, 1/50th, 1/100th, and 1/200th sec)<ref name="denton">Denton, ''Voigtlander Vito B''.</ref> or 8-speed (B, 1, 1/2, 1/5th, 1/10th, 1/25th, 1/50th, 1/100th, and 1/300th sec) [[Prontor]] SVS shutter, the 4-speed shutter being discontinued in 1957.<ref name="marriott">[http://www.marriottworld.com/vito_cameras/vitob.htm Voigtlander Vito Cameras - Vito B].</ref> The shutter is cocked by the film engaging a sprocket wheel, preventing double exposure, and so will not cock if there is not a film present;<ref name="licmsurvey">South 2001.</ref> this has led some to mistakenly diagnose the shutter of a working Vito B as broken.
   
 
The [[self-timer]] mechanism can be engaged by moving the synchronising lever to the V (green) position; however, given the age of the camera and the weak governing spring,<ref name="denton"> Denton, [http://www.mattdentonphoto.com/cameras/vito_b.html Voigtlander Vito B]</ref> using this feature is discouraged, as it can cause the camera to stop working.<ref name="licmsurvey" />
 
The [[self-timer]] mechanism can be engaged by moving the synchronising lever to the V (green) position; however, given the age of the camera and the weak governing spring,<ref name="denton"> Denton, [http://www.mattdentonphoto.com/cameras/vito_b.html Voigtlander Vito B]</ref> using this feature is discouraged, as it can cause the camera to stop working.<ref name="licmsurvey" />
   
Nine times out of ten, a non working self timer is due to muck, not springs. There is a watch mechanism that controls the self timer, but, unlike a watch, it is not effectively sealed. Nearly all cameras with Prontor or Compur mechanisms need regular cleaning if they are used regularly. Even the shutter timing mechanism is clockwork and it only takes a speck of dust to jam it. People then start ripping them apart, usually from the wrong end and end up with a pile of non working bits. (Guess how I know). (Added by Laurie Pettitt)
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Nine times out of ten, a non working self timer is due to muck, not springs. There is a watch mechanism that controls the self timer, but, unlike a watch, it is not effectively sealed. Nearly all cameras with Prontor or Compur mechanisms need regular cleaning if they are used regularly. Even the shutter timing mechanism is clockwork and it only takes a speck of dust to jam it. People then start ripping them apart, usually from the wrong end and end up with a pile of non working bits.
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|image_text= Voigtländer Vito B, large finder model <small>image by David Broglin</small>
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==Aesthetics and ergonomics==
 
==Aesthetics and ergonomics==
   
The Vito B's body is compact and rounded, a look characterised as "cute".<ref name="elek">Elek 2008.</ref> It has some nice features including a hinged baseplate for easy loading (which also releases the back) and a milled film counter that counts down rather than up.
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The Vito B's body is compact and rounded, a look characterised as "cute".<ref name="elek">Elek 2008.</ref> It has some nice features including a hinged baseplate for easy loading (which also releases the back) and a milled film counter that counts down rather than up.
   
The Vito B body existed in two versions, the first one had a small viewfinder and low profile top plate. The later version, brought out in 1959 had a larger bright-frame viewfinder; while brighter and more useful than the original Vito B's viewfinder, some enthusiasts feel that this spoiled the appearance of the camera.<ref>Keith South, ''Voigtlander Vito B, skopar f/2.8, 35mm camera c1954''.</ref>
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The Vito B body existed in two versions, the first one (1954-57) had a '''small viewfinder''' and low profile top plate. The later version (1957-60) had a '''larger bright-frame viewfinder'''; while brighter and more useful than the original Vito B's viewfinder, some enthusiasts feel that this spoiled the appearance of the camera.<ref>Keith South, ''Voigtlander Vito B, skopar f/2.8, 35mm camera c1954''.</ref>
   
==Variants==
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==Other models of B series==
The '''Vito BL''' was a variant with a [[Bewi]] [[selenium meter|selenium exposure meter]], mainly made for export to the USA.
 
   
The '''Vito BR''' is an uncommon variant with a [[coupled rangefinder]].
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===Vito BL===
   
The '''Vito BS'''''' '''was a variation with an over-sized viewfinder
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*1956-60
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*A model with a [[Bewi]] [[selenium meter|selenium exposure meter]], mainly made for export to the USA.
   
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===Vito BR===
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*1958-60
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*An uncommon model with a [[coupled rangefinder]].
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== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
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== Links ==
 
== Links ==
 
In English:
 
In English:
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*in UK Camera [http://www.ukcamera.com/classic_cameras/voigt11b.htm]
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*in Voigtlander Collection [http://voigtlander.pagesperso-orange.fr/cadresA.htm]
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*in Doppeld [http://home.wtnet.de/~ddrescher/voigtlaender/index.htm]
 
* Matt Denton, [http://www.mattdentonphoto.com/cameras/vito_b.html Voigtlander Vito B].
 
* Matt Denton, [http://www.mattdentonphoto.com/cameras/vito_b.html Voigtlander Vito B].
 
* Mike Elek (2008), [http://www.elekm.net/pages/cameras/vitob.htm Voigtlander Vito B].
 
* Mike Elek (2008), [http://www.elekm.net/pages/cameras/vitob.htm Voigtlander Vito B].
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In French:
 
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* [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/voigtlander/html/voigtlander_vito_B.php Vito B], [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/voigtlander/html/voigtlander_vito_BL.php Vito BL], Vito B user manual: [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/accesnotices/html/lire_repertoire?repert=Voigtlander_Vito_B_de&marque=Voigtlander&modele=Vito%20B&PHPSESSID=a1a8096b48babd167c812fea51423929 German] and [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/accesnotices/html/lire_repertoire?repert=Voigtlander_vito_B&marque=Voigtlander&modele=Vito%20B French] on [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/general/html/francais.php www.collection-appareils.fr] by Sylvain Halgand
 
* [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/voigtlander/html/voigtlander_vito_B.php Vito B], [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/voigtlander/html/voigtlander_vito_BL.php Vito BL], Vito B user manual: [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/accesnotices/html/lire_repertoire?repert=Voigtlander_Vito_B_de&marque=Voigtlander&modele=Vito%20B&PHPSESSID=a1a8096b48babd167c812fea51423929 German] and [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/accesnotices/html/lire_repertoire?repert=Voigtlander_vito_B&marque=Voigtlander&modele=Vito%20B French] on [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/general/html/francais.php www.collection-appareils.fr] by Sylvain Halgand
 
 
[[Category: German 35mm viewfinder]]
 
[[Category: German 35mm viewfinder]]
 
[[Category: German 35mm rangefinder]]
 
[[Category: German 35mm rangefinder]]

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The Vito B is an attractive and compact 35mm viewfinder made by Voigtländer and produced between 1954-60. It has the fine Color-Skopar 50mm f/3.5 or f/2.8 lens (a four element Tessar-type) in a 4-speed Pronto or 8-speed Prontor shutter.

Shutter

The Vito B was equipped with either a 4-speed Pronto (B, 1/25th, 1/50th, 1/100th, and 1/200th sec)[1] or 8-speed (B, 1, 1/2, 1/5th, 1/10th, 1/25th, 1/50th, 1/100th, and 1/300th sec) Prontor SVS shutter, the 4-speed shutter being discontinued in 1957.[2] The shutter is cocked by the film engaging a sprocket wheel, preventing double exposure, and so will not cock if there is not a film present;[3] this has led some to mistakenly diagnose the shutter of a working Vito B as broken.

The self-timer mechanism can be engaged by moving the synchronising lever to the V (green) position; however, given the age of the camera and the weak governing spring,[1] using this feature is discouraged, as it can cause the camera to stop working.[3]

Nine times out of ten, a non working self timer is due to muck, not springs. There is a watch mechanism that controls the self timer, but, unlike a watch, it is not effectively sealed. Nearly all cameras with Prontor or Compur mechanisms need regular cleaning if they are used regularly. Even the shutter timing mechanism is clockwork and it only takes a speck of dust to jam it. People then start ripping them apart, usually from the wrong end and end up with a pile of non working bits.

Aesthetics and ergonomics

The Vito B's body is compact and rounded, a look characterised as "cute".[4] It has some nice features including a hinged baseplate for easy loading (which also releases the back) and a milled film counter that counts down rather than up.

The Vito B body existed in two versions, the first one (1954-57) had a small viewfinder and low profile top plate. The later version (1957-60) had a larger bright-frame viewfinder; while brighter and more useful than the original Vito B's viewfinder, some enthusiasts feel that this spoiled the appearance of the camera.[5]

Other models of B series

Vito BL

Vito BR

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Denton, Voigtlander Vito B.
  2. Voigtlander Vito Cameras - Vito B.
  3. 3.0 3.1 South 2001.
  4. Elek 2008.
  5. Keith South, Voigtlander Vito B, skopar f/2.8, 35mm camera c1954.

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