Voigtlander Vitoret F

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Voigtlander Vitoret F

Voigtlander had an entry-level camera line sold parallel to the high-end models, the Vitoret. It seems there was an unofficial convention by the camera makers to name their bottom line with pet names ending with ‘tte’, such as the Jubilette, Baldinette, Gloriette, Lordette and so on. Voigtlander dropped the ‘te’ at the end and added ‘re’ to the Vito, so the Vitoret was born.

The Vitoret name covered a basic camera line of  35mm or Rapid viewfinder and rangefinder models, made from 1962 to 1970. Pocket and novelty cameras were made till the late 1970s, and after that, more point-and-shoot by Ringfoto, who bought the Voigtlander brand name. The early models were made in Germany, where later production was moved to Singapore, perhaps following Rollei.

The Vitoret F subscribes to the low-end camera type, far from the class and quality of the Vito line. With only three speeds to select from, it has a neat flash bulb mount hidden under a pop-up cold shoe. A mighty 15v battery mounted at the side is for flash use only, so the camera is independent of external power. The winder also cocks the shutter, unlike the Vito models, where the film perforations drove the shutter spring. A bright, large viewer, bottom frame counter and front-mounted trigger were inherited from the Vito models.

List number 248
Brand Voigtlander
Model Vitoret F
Manual Butkus
Value At camdex.ca
Format 35mm
Introduced 1963
Country Germany
Qty made
Initial price 99
Currency DM
Type Viewfinder
Body material Metal
Mode Mechanical
Weight 490 gr,  Body with lens
Class average weight 440 gr,  Body with lens
ASA range For flash use only
Kit lens 2.8/50
Lens make Color Lanthar
Filter size
Lens mount Fixed lens
Mount size
Shutter Leaf
Shutter make Prontor 125
Light meter None
Winder Lever
Lock No
Speeds B, 30, 60, 125
Mirror N/A
Viewer Viewfinder
DOF preview No
Exposure lock No
Exposure compensation No
Shoe Cold
External sync No
Sync speed 60
Timer None
Battery, original
Battery, replacement CR123A
Battery voltage 15V
Integral flash Yes, AG-1 bulb
Service / repair links See camerlog.com

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