Sunday, March 8, 2009

Voigtländer Vito B review


I recently aquired Voigtländer Vito B camera through an auction - I was actually a bit lucky. The guy selling it said it didn't work because the shutter release wasn't firing.. However, after reading on the internet that this was common problem for the camera [check out links below], I decided to bid on it. I was a bit of punt, but I worked great.

Now the reasons I got this camera is that it was very manual. Not only do you have to guess the F Stop and the Shutter speeds (eg, no light meter), but you had to guess the distance. I wanted something to take me back to the basics of photography. This camera was perfect for that.

Here's the good stuff about it:
  • Compact, Solid Build. Camera is 50+ years old and feels like it could last longer
  • Sharp lens
  • Being completely manual, its great for learning how intuitively measure lighting.

Here's the bad:
  • Sticky shutter - this annoying.
  • Negatives sometime overlap each other, creating an unintended double exposure on the edges of the photos

Overall I love this little camera. Aside from issues with the shutter gettng stuck and the negatives overlapping, the shots are great! If you can get your hands on this camera to learn the zone system below is a shot from the first roll of film I took from the camera:



Some great links about the Vito B:
How to use the Voigtländer Vito B: Perfect step by step guide to using this camera
Voigtländer Vito B Info Page: Nice article about the Camera, very informative
Voigtländer Manuals: List of Voigtlander manuals, I believe the Vito BR manual is the same for the Vito B, and should help fill the gaps not learned from the tutorial above.

Also you you are learning to shoot without a light meter, this page from Fred Parker is priceless! [link]. This will give you guides lines for guessing the perfect exposure for your  Vito B - or any other camera for that matter!


2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the links to shooting without a light meter. I picked up a Vito B yesterday and was wondering how I was going to cope without a light meter. It seems so easy now!

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  2. Great to hear Jasmus - have fun with the Camera!

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