Voigtländer Vitoret DR

This is a late 1960s rangefinder camera from the German firm of Voigtländer – who were owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung. This camera very much resembles my Zeiss Ikon Contessa LKE although it has fewer features. The camera itself has the name Voigtländer on it in a couple of places but the instruction sheetContinue reading “Voigtländer Vitoret DR”

Voigtlander Bessamatic

This is a big lump of a camera – it weighs 927g – and will not be easy to use for long periods. The basic design is the same as the Zeiss Ikon Contaflex series, Kodak Retina Reflexflex, Mamiya Korvette (aka Family) and several others. The camera uses a reflex version of the Synchro-Compur shutter.Continue reading “Voigtlander Bessamatic”

Voigtlander Perkeo I

This is a nice, medium format camera from Voigtlander. It is a direct competitor to Zeiss Ikon’s Nettar 518/16 – that is, at the lower end of the enthusiasts’ 120 cameras – and is a replacement for the Bessa 66. This is a folding camera which fits nicely in a (large-ish) pocket. It measures 125 mmContinue reading “Voigtlander Perkeo I”

Voigtlander Vitomatic II

This is an update of the excellent Voigtländer Vito B.  The Vito B spawned several cameras – the Vitomatics I and II and the Vito BL. This is the automatic update as opposed to the more manual Vito BL. The Vitomatic II has a coupled light meter and a coupled rangefinder added and a newContinue reading “Voigtlander Vitomatic II”

Voigtlander Bessamatic

Voigtlander Bessamatic – 1961 This is Voigtlander’s answer to Zeiss Ikon’s Contaflex range and Kodak’s Retina reflex range.  It was developed sometime after the Zeiss Ikon and Kodak models and this allowed Voigtlander to learn from its competitors’ mistakes.  The most obvious lesson learnt is that the entire lens assembly is detachable rather than justContinue reading “Voigtlander Bessamatic”

Voigtlander Vito II

Voigtlander Vito II Voigtlander’s Vito range of cameras are 35mm cameras aimed at serious amateurs.  They date from the 1940s to the 1960s and pre-date the SLR concept.  As was normal for the time, they come with several options of lenses and shutters.    Initially, the Vito range were folding cameras that were small enoughContinue reading “Voigtlander Vito II”