Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Old Smoothie - A Great Rangefinder Camera

Voigtalnder Vitomatic IIa - Photograph by Tim Irving
Voigtlander Vitomatic IIa - Tim Irving
For the past couple of weeks my camera of choice has been a Voigtlander Vitomatic IIa, from the early 1960's. I've said it here before but I'll reiterate it for you now, I do like a good standard lens on a camera.The Voigtlander lens plus the ergonomics of the camera are lovely, I'm smitten.

This camera comes with everything I need. A beautiful viewfinder with coupled rangefinder, a fifty one year old light meter that works perfectly, and a Color Skopar lens.

The build quality of this camera is second to none. Every control is smooth and precise, it's a joy. Although not sold as a professional model, this camera  was aimed at the affluent tourist, very classy with a rich feel to it, definately a luxury camera.

Of course it's the glass that I'm interested in and the Skopar is up there with the best. As always, there's a sample below, I'll the the photograph speak for itself.
beach hut in sand dunes. Photograph by Tim Irving
Voigtlander Vitomatic IIa, Kodak Ektar 100 - Tim Irving


  1. I'm not qualified to comment on the Voigtlander, other than to say it's handsome and I believe whatever you say about it. Your description of any camera usually makes me want said camera. Especially when you say things like "every control is smooth and precise." I know I would like it as even the feel of turning a quality deadbolt lock is a pleasure to me.

    The photo is lovely and of beautiful quality. I don't know if this is good or bad news to an artist, but that pic should be in a ritzy holiday brochure.

  2. All your cameras are incredible and very tempting! I'm just trying to save up so I can buy the most suitable one for me. Can't wait! I love following your blog and checking out your store.

  3. Breathtaking image Tim. Wow.



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