Tuesday, October 11, 2011

#34 Voigtländer Vitoret

Voigtlander Vitoret

This was the first 35 mm Voigtländer camera in my collection. I bought it in October 2008, at a flea market.

It was very dirty and the shutter was frozen so I made it a CLA


Started by removing the top, give it a light wipe with lighter fluid and a thorough clean to the, very dirty, viewfinder:

Vitoret CLA top removed  Vitoret CLA dirty viewfinder

Vitoret top removed viewfinder cleaned ready to reassemble  Vitoret CLA viewfinder cleaned and in place

Next came the shutter and lens.

After a thorough clean, it was time to reassemble it all:

Vitoret CLA shutter cleaned

First the mid lens, followed by it's retainer ring:

Vitoret CLA mid lens assembled  Vitoret CLA mid lens retainer assembled

The shutter speed ring and the shutter dust guard, with the depth of field marks:

Vitoret CLA shutter speed ring assembled  Vitoret CLA Shutter dust guard assembled

The scalloped retainer ring and the front lens:

Vitoret CLA scalloped ring assembled  Vitoret CLA Front lens assembled

And finally the focus ring:

Vitoret CLA focus ring assembled

The finished job

Voigtländer Vitoret

Voigtländer Vitoret  Voigtländer Vitoret

Voigtländer Vitoret

The Camera:

It was an entry level camera based on the Vito line.
This was the most basic of a large family, manufactured by Voigtländer  Sohn AG, at Braunschweig, in the former West Germany, during the 1960's.

Compact simple viewfinder type
Vaskar 2.8/50 lens on a three speed, central leaf shutter by Gauthier (AGC), Prontor 125 shutter, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125 and B, with flash sync.
Film advance by a flushed lever that also cocks the winder
The best feature is the very big and bright viewfinder, provided with bright framing lines
The rewind release is located on the top plate, where you would expect to find the shutter release. The rewind is made using the knurled knob on the left of the top plate.
The shutter release is located on the front right, by the lens barrel, a remote cable can be attached to the bottom of it.
It has a film counter on the bottom plate, manual reset.
You can find it's manual at Mike Butkus' Orphan cameras

Some shots taken with it:

Behind the glass

Telhados velhos

Lara in the flash

In these shots and the ones on the respective Flickr set you may notice some blur in the corners.
This was due to an incorrect assembly of the middle lens, during the CLA. Meaning that the A part (adjust) didn't go very well, I know that I checked the focus but, just in the middle and it was fine, for all distances.
I corrected the situation, checked it in the corners and it's good I just haven't tested it with film yet.

Stay tuned (o;


  1. I bought a voigtlander vitoret dr yesterday, and I wanted to ask you, how does the viewfinder works?? you can't see a previous of the focusing? or is it that my camera doesn't work properly? I hope you can help me!!

  2. You should see a little square, in the middle of the viewfinder, with a ghost image, that you have to make coincide with the real image to achieve focus.
    If you can't see it, something's wrong with your camera.

  3. I also just bought one, I wonder if the camera needs battery? I got a vogitlander vitoret. Thanks!