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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 lens (a four element tessar-type) in either a 4-speed Pronto or 8-speed Prontor shutter.
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|image_text= Voigtländer Vito B original small finder model <small>image by Alfred Sigaro</small>
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A later model brought out in 1959 had a larger viewfinder and a faster lens (f2.8 as opposed to f3.5)
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[[File:Voigtländer_Vito_B_01.jpg|thumb|500px|center|Voigtländer Vito B late large finder model c.1959]]
   
The camera has some nice features including a hinged baseplate for easy loading and a milled film counter that counts down rather than up (always a better idea to my mind). It is very solid and feels very well made.
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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.
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==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 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.
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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" />
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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, late large finder model <small>image by David Broglin</small>
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==Aesthetics and ergonomics==
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[[File:VoigtlandervitoB00001-305x183.jpg|thumb|250px]]
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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.
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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>
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==Specifications==
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Voigtländer Vito B 04.JPG
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Voigtländer Vito B 02.JPG
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10736514755_958c764857_o.jpg|Voigtlander Vito-B f2.8 Skopar|link=https://www.flickr.com/photos/78182233@N03/10736514755/in/album-72157660110327656/
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*Embossing on the top plate: Vito B
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*Lens:Color-Skopar 50mm f/3.5 filter slip-on
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*Aperture: f/3.5-f/22 setting: ring and scale on the lens, turns with the speed ring, according to Light Values 2-18, separate setting possible by a knob on the lens
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*Focus range: 1-20m + inf
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*Focusing: manual front element focusing, guess the distance
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*Shutter: Prontor-SVS leaf shutter, speeds: 1-1/300 +B. The shutter is cocked by the film engaging sprocket wheel, preventing double exposure, so will not cock if there is not a film in the camera. This has led some to mistakenly diagnose the shutter of a working Vito B as broken.
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*Setting : ring and scale on the lens, turns with the aperture ring, according to Light Values 2-18, separate setting possible by a knob on the lens
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*Shutter release: on the top plate, w/cable release socket
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*Cocking lever: long stroke, on the back of the camera
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*Frame counter: manual reset by milled film counter reseting ring on the front of the bottom plate, counts down, counter window at the center front of the top plate
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*Viewfinder: large 1/1 size crystal bright-frame viewfinder on tall housing
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*Re-wind knob: on the left of the top plate, a pop-up knob by a small lever on left side of the camera
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*Re-wind release: unlocks when the re-wind knob pops-up
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*Flash PC socket: on the left of the lens flange
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*Flash sync: X and M, sets by a lever on the left of the lens flange
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*Cold-shoe
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*Self-timer: set the synchronising lever to the V (green)
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*Back cover: hinged, a part of the bottom plate folds open to facilitate the exchange of the film cartridge as well as to open the camera's back door
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*Tripod socket: 1/4" (actually a 3/8" socket with a pre-installed 1/4" adapter)
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*Strap knobs
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*Body: metal; Weight: 610g
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Voigtländer Vito B 06.JPG
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Voigtländer Vito B 07.JPG
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Voigtländer Vito B 05.JPG
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==Other models of B series==
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*[[Voigtländer Vito BL]]
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*[[Voigtländer Vito BR]]
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== Notes ==
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<references />
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== Links ==
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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]
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* Matt Denton, [http://www.mattdentonphoto.com/cameras/vito_b.html Voigtlander Vito B].
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* Daniel Jiménez, [https://sites.google.com/site/fromthefocalplanetoinfinity/vitob Voigtlander Vito B].
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* Mike Elek (2008), [http://www.elekm.net/pages/cameras/vitob.htm Voigtlander Vito B].
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* Keith South (2001), [http://licm.org.uk/livingImage/Voigtlander_VitoB2-Survey.html Voigtlander Vito B survey]. ''Living Image Camera Museum''.
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* Keith South, [http://licm.org.uk/livingImage/Voigtlander_Vito-B1st.html Voigtlander Vito B, 35mm camera c1954].
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* Simon Simonsen, [http://www.retrography.com Vito section at Retrography.com] -->
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In French:
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* On [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/general/html/francais.php www.collection-appareils.fr] by Sylvain Halgand :
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** [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/x/html/page_standard.php?id_appareil=2146 Voigtlander Vito B]
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** [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/x/html/page_standard.php?id_appareil=2149 Voigtlander Vito B]
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** [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/x/html/page_standard.php?id_appareil=11762 Voigtlander Vito B]
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** [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/x/html/page_standard.php?id_appareil=2691 Voigtlander Vito B]
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** Vito B], 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]
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[[Category: German 35mm rangefinder]]
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Latest revision as of 11:57, June 14, 2018

Voigtländer Vito B 01

Voigtländer Vito B late large finder model c.1959

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.

ShutterEdit

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 ergonomicsEdit

VoigtlandervitoB00001-305x183

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]

SpecificationsEdit

  • Embossing on the top plate: Vito B
  • Lens:Color-Skopar 50mm f/3.5 filter slip-on
  • Aperture: f/3.5-f/22 setting: ring and scale on the lens, turns with the speed ring, according to Light Values 2-18, separate setting possible by a knob on the lens
  • Focus range: 1-20m + inf
  • Focusing: manual front element focusing, guess the distance
  • Shutter: Prontor-SVS leaf shutter, speeds: 1-1/300 +B. The shutter is cocked by the film engaging sprocket wheel, preventing double exposure, so will not cock if there is not a film in the camera. This has led some to mistakenly diagnose the shutter of a working Vito B as broken.
  • Setting : ring and scale on the lens, turns with the aperture ring, according to Light Values 2-18, separate setting possible by a knob on the lens
  • Shutter release: on the top plate, w/cable release socket
  • Cocking lever: long stroke, on the back of the camera
  • Frame counter: manual reset by milled film counter reseting ring on the front of the bottom plate, counts down, counter window at the center front of the top plate
  • Viewfinder: large 1/1 size crystal bright-frame viewfinder on tall housing
  • Re-wind knob: on the left of the top plate, a pop-up knob by a small lever on left side of the camera
  • Re-wind release: unlocks when the re-wind knob pops-up
  • Flash PC socket: on the left of the lens flange
  • Flash sync: X and M, sets by a lever on the left of the lens flange
  • Cold-shoe
  • Self-timer: set the synchronising lever to the V (green)
  • Back cover: hinged, a part of the bottom plate folds open to facilitate the exchange of the film cartridge as well as to open the camera's back door
  • Tripod socket: 1/4" (actually a 3/8" socket with a pre-installed 1/4" adapter)
  • Strap knobs
  • Body: metal; Weight: 610g

Other models of B seriesEdit

Notes Edit

  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.

Links Edit

In English:

In French:

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