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Voigtlander Vito Cameras - Vito Automatic Cameras

by Stephanie Marriott

Introduction

Cameras

Guidelines for Purchasers

Data Section

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Introduction

These are 35 mm. cameras with a rigid front and non-interchangeable lens. The cameras are all fitted with an automatic exposure calculator that selects the appropriate aperture for whatever shutter speed is set.

Cameras

Vito Automatic I

1964 advertisement for the Automatic I

Vito Automatic II (c1963)

Vito Automatic F

Vito Automatic R (c1963)

1964 advertisement for the Automatic R

Guidelines for Purchasers

All of these cameras are very usable but they are all at least 30 years old, in some cases heading rapidly for 40 years old, and are therefore well past their designed operational lifetime. Spare parts and repairs are difficult to find - if not impossible - and can be very costly.

Vito Automatics do not seem as popular with either users or collectors as the Vito range. The Vito Automatic II and the Vito Automatic F are barely mentioned in UK literature of the time, and it is doubtful whether they ever sold in any numbers in this country.

Although quite expensive when new, these cameras were really aimed at a "snapshotter" market, with the automatic exposure and zone focusing both being designed to make things simple. The lens was the cheaper Lanthar lens, rather than the more popular Skopar lens. This may be a clue to their comparative unpopularity now.

Data Section

I do not have the filter sizes for this range of cameras. When I get them, I will load them.

Camera

Filter Size

Vito Automatic I

Vito Automatic II

Vito Automatic F

Vito Automatic R

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