I got this only a week or so ago thanks to Jim Grey’s thinning of the herd.   I couldn’t wait to try it out and took it to Hermosa Beach last weekend with a roll of Kodak ColorPlus film (which I have no recollection of buying).

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First impressions on getting this is it sits somewhere between my Vitomatic and the Vitessa 500 SE ElectronicIt is metal bodied so a step up from the plastic Vitessa but it is larger and much lighter in the hand than the more compact, solid feeling,  Vitomatic.

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This example came with the original case and apart from a small dent on one corner is in mint condition.  The selenium meter (which shows in the far right of the viewfinder) still works and everything moves just as it should.  The case is the only thing I don’t like as I prefer one where you can separate it into two allowing a ‘half case’ when shooting (without the other half dangling)

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One this that strikes me about this camera is the film wind; it is like silk!  I just couldn’t get over the smooth easy action of this, it took some effort for my Fiancee to stop me playing with it I was enjoying it so.

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I found the rangefinder very clear and bright, the whole camera was very easy to use.

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Make Model Film/format Year Lens Shutter Aperture
Voigtländer Vitoret LR 35mm Range-finder c1966 50mm 1:2.8 B, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125 and 1/300 F2.8-22

The white button-like thing is not the shutter release it is part of the light meter; the shutter release is the rectangular piece of plastic on the front (where you would expect to find the self-timer).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOverall I like this very much but suspect it won’t get as much use as some of the others in my collection.  I like it but the range of shutter speeds is potentially limiting and I prefer a case that allows detachment of the front cover and it is just slightly on the large size.  It is completely self contained with the built in meter so that is an advantage when I want to travel light; can see me using this as an option to take cycling (as I did this weekend).

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There is one issue with this camera I discovered on getting my first roll back.  Well, it’s not really the camera’s fault; rather the operator….

My finger seemed to stray into shot on multiple occasions.

This is always a possibility with rangefinders (as well as TLRs and viewfinder cameras) as you don’t see exactly what is in front of the taking lens but I have not had an issue with any of my others.  It must be something about how I was holding this particular camera which, for some reason was different than how I hold others.

There were many usable shots, but I am disappointed with myself for making this rookie error.