This is kind of a sister blog to my main blog at carrotroom.com. Here I plan to gather all my experiences in owning and using cameras made by the Voigtländer company.
Some of this will be updates to posts I have made previously on View from the Carrot Room (another blog of mine that is sort of retired) adding more detail and further experience having used them for a longer time.
I have been the owner of a Voigtländer Vito B since the mid or late ’80s after my father gave me his which he no longer used.
Since then I have added to that and have owned 24 cameras all from this one brand. My current collection of Voigtländers is around 15 including a couple of duplicates which will be sold soon.
Voigtländer is arguably the oldest brand name in photography, being founded in 1756, and (despite several different owners) has survived in some capacity until the present day (although the current ownership produces lenses only).
When I got my Vito B in my teens I had no idea about the brand and didn’t really know how to use it (it was also my first 35mm camera).
Slowly with the help of the Gossen lightmeter which I got at the same time, I managed to work it out and used it a fair amount for the next two or three years before moving on to an SLR. At this point it became one of a small collection of, maybe five, old cameras I kept on a shelf. I didn’t pick it up to use again for nearly 30 years.
When I did pick it up again I was reminded about how solid a camera it was and despite being either on a shelf or stuffed in a box for decades it performed well and produced lovely images. My only issue was that focusing was scale-based and I was not well practiced at it; having been the user of auto-focus digital cameras for some years. I started to see if there was something similar with better focusing method. eBay was now a thing and I soon found a Vitomatic for not very much money. This was a range-finder (my first) and seemed virtually identical to the Vito B. I bought it and used it and loved it.
…and thus began a rapid decent into the camera collecting world with most of my collection being from this one manufacturer.
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