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  1. compur

    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I found this little Voigtlander Vitomatic IIa at an estate sale for $20
    last weekend.

    This little chrome beauty weighs in at almost 2 pounds and is finished
    like a piece of jewelry. There's hardly a mark on it. The lens is the
    Skopar 2.8

    This model has a rangefinder, meter and speeds to 1/500 -- all are working.
    When I first got it the slow speeds were somewhat sticky but a little
    cleaning work on the shutter blades got them working fine.

    They don't make 'em like this anymore. ;)

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    newfette TPF Noob!

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    oh wow thats pretty!!
     
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    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Wow what a neat looking little camera. I have noooooo concept on these older bodies, but that thing just looks cool.
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Mitica's gonna start twitching when he sees this. :lol:

    Outstanding find! You need to drop a roll into that bad boy and see what that lens gives you.

    Estate sale, eh? Clearly this was once someone's pride and joy. :love:
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks for the comments, folks. :D

    Actually, there were quite a few vintage cameras at this sale but most
    were priced too high for my cheapskate standards. This is not uncommon
    at estate sales. They often price vintage cameras too high, especially if
    they have "Made in Germany" on them. But, if you know the market you
    can sometimes nab some good bargains.

    Voigtlander made lots of different models with "Vito..." in their names so
    it can be confusing. The "Vitomatic IIa" was one of the best, having a
    rangefinder and meter and manual exposure control.

    The Vitomatic part of the name is a bit of a misnomer on this model since
    there's nothing really automatic about it -- at least not by today's
    standards. You adjust aperture and shutter speed until the meter needle
    display lines up properly, then focus via the rangefinder and shoot.

    That's the way I like it. ;)
     
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    dinodan TPF Noob!

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    Beautiful, and what a bargain! Is that basically the same lens as the Color-Skopar X 1:2.8/50 that fits my Bessamatic? It's presumably the same vintage (late 50s - early 60s).
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yes, I believe it is the same lens optically.

    The Vitomatic IIa was also available with an f/2 Ultron lens which would
    be a super prize if you can find one.
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Nah, Terri... I had a few of these in my hands. I even repaired one, all the way to the bone, made a good camera from two bad ones.

    The monster is a great performer, the Skopar is one of my fave pieces of glass.

    Good find though! :thumbup:
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Someone is going to 'donate' to me a nice lens. A Rokkor 85/1.7 MD for Minolta manual focus SLRs. The MD is the rarer variation, there were the 85/1.7 MC, then the 85/1.7 MD, then the 85/2 MF. It seems the MD had the shortest run of all of them, being that it was quickly replaced by the 85/2 MF. Beautiful lens, great bokeh.

    I might sell it...;)
     

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