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Voigtlander Vito B - 1954
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• $54.50 in 1954 ($442 in 2010 dollars)

The Vito B was the first in a series of small, inexpensive, very well made 35mm cameras made by Voigtlander in Germany. A relatively slow lens and the absence of a rangefinder kept costs down.

Note the little door that opens on the bottom to release the back and allow easy access to the cartridge chamber.

The quick-wind lever wound the film, but didn't directly cock the shutter. Rather, as the film moved it turned a sprocket that you can see in the photo below.

It's possible to cock the shutter by turning the sprocket by hand, but it seems that my Vito B still doesn't work. The shutter tries to open, then gets stuck. It may be just a cleaning issue, but I'm not sure I'll invest the money. Too bad, because it's in excellent cosmetic condition.

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Voigtlander Vito BAd from Popular Photography, March 1956 (Price is $9 lower than in April and August ads.)Ad from Popular Photography, April 1956Ad from Popular Photography, Aug. 1956

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