I recently picked up a Voigtlander (Zeiss Ikon) Vitessa 500 SE Electronic; what a great little camera!

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I receiving it the first issue was batteries as it needed two PX825 (1.55v) batteries which are no longer available.  After some searching I found that there is an equivalent in the form of the Duracell 625a but it’s not really and is not the same diameter.  But if you position it right and close the covers it does work.  I also plan to put some kind of wedge in place to keep ti from moving about.


Using the camera is fairly simple though a little different.  Effectively this is an aperture priority compact camera though it also provides for 2 stops of exposure compensation.

Focus is manual and you get a simple indication in the viewfinder of where you are from portrait closeup through to landscape.  Alo in the viewfinder is the selected aperture and the meter showing the approximate shutter speed.  So everything is there in the viewfinder whilst you compose your shot.

It has a hot shoe on the top which uses a separate mode to use effectively fixing the shutter speed (I think).

Make Model Film/format Year Lens Shutter Aperture
Zeiss Ikon Voigtlander Vitessa 500SE electronic 35mm Compact C1966-70 Tessa 42mm  2.8 Auto approx 1/30 to 1/500 F2.8-22

The bit that takes a little getting used to is the film winder being underneath and operated by your left thumb.  I think it’s meant to be for rapid fire, I guess it takes practice to get efficient at it.

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I really like this camera it is fully featured and pocket sized, I can see this going on a few trips with me.  The only thing is the name “Zeiss Ikon Voigtlander Vitessa 500 SE electronic” is quite a mouthful for such a little camera.

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I shot an expired roll of Kodak Gold 200. I managed to get 39 shots out of a 36; here are some of the results

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