Voightlander VITO R Automatic (1963)
Last week I popped into my favorite camera store. An old man was trying to sell a Canon AE-1 and a few lenses. I got to talking to him and he noted he was trying to sell a few old cameras for his brother, who needs the money. “Oh boy…” Low and beyold he pulls out a near mint Voightlander Vito, a Minolta Hi-Matic G2 (a well-made 1980’s ZF portable), and a Ciro 35 (f2.8, Graflex rangefinder)! He gave me a box of cameras, light meters, filters, manuals and other odds and ends for $50. It made my month.
This 35mm Voightlander is really special. It’s a hefty camera (no plastic here folks), with a nice big viewfinder, selenium light meter, and smooth lever action. The camera is built like a tank. The selenium cell is about kaput, but the camera gives an aperture option @ approximately 1/60th/s. I’ll burn a few rolls of CN400 before I figure out the metering.