Voigtlander Vitessa
posted 2-9-'04

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Voigtlander Vitessa with Light Meter

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Better "Pictures - faster and easier

Your VITESSA is a 35 mm camera made on new constructive principles which has been "built into your hands". You will very quickly realize just how much the simplified handling will help you in obtaining better pictures.
But even the VITESSA cannot manage entirely without some technical advice, and so we recommend you first of all to study these instructions carefully and to make yourself familiar with all the controls before taking your first pictures.
And please don't forget that a camera of this high quality is an instrument of the finest mechanical precision. Even though it is of very robust build it still wants to be treated with care and understanding. It will thank you with wonderfully fine and sharp pictures over many years.
   Voigtlander                 VOIGTLANDER A.G. BRAUNSCHWEIG

YOU WILL FIND:   ON PAGE:
LOADING Removing the Back - Inserting the Cartridge
Setting Film Counter and Film Indicator
Closing the Back - Opening the Front Doors
Preparing the Film for Exposing
5-6
7
8-9
10
SETTING THE CONTROLS Aperture or Stop - Shutter Speed
Rangefinder
Zone Focusing
11-13
14-15
16
EXPOSURE Combi-Plunger - Shutter Release - Automatic Lock...
Single Shots - Rapid Sequence Shots
Time Exposures
17    
18-19
20
UNLOADING Closing the Camera .
Rewinding the Film - Changing partly exposed films..
21   
22-23
APPENDIX Practical Hints
Speed-Synchronized Flash
Flash Case
"Kontur" View-Finder
Filters - Lens Hood - Close-Up Lenses
Aperture and Depth of Field
Care of Camera and Lens
 24
25-27
 28
 29
30-33
34-35
 36


FRONT VIEW - Front doors open

A   Aperture Scale
B   Release Button
C   Focusing Scale with Depth of Field Indicator
D   Accessory Shoe
E   Combi-Plunger
F   View- and Rangefinder Windows
G   Synchro-Lever for M/X Settings
H   Shutter Speed Ring for Setting Shutter Speeds
I    Flash Socket for Connecting Flash Guns
K   Film Counter and Film Indicator


     
  

BACK VIEW - Front Doors Open

L View- and Rangefinder Eyepiece
M Camera Back (Completely Removable)
N   Focusing Wheel
O   Rewind Crank - when folded out serves as
      camera support
P   Tripod Bush
Q   Rewind Button R Left Front Door
R   Aperture Setting Wheel T Right Front Door
S   Latch for Locking Camera Back
T   Right Front Door
U   latch for Locking Camera Back


INTERIOR - Front Doors closed

M Camera Back (Removed) 
U  Latch (Pulled Up) 
V  Pressure Plate Lever 
W Take-Up Spool 
X  Film Transport Shaft 
Y  Peg for Cartridge 
Z  Film Chamber


 
REMOVING THE-BACK

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Hold the camera in your left hand, with the four fingers lying against the lower edge of the front doors 10. Lift up the latch and give it a quarter turn so that it points to "Off" (2) , grip the latch and pull the camera back off the body (3), using your left thumb which lies against the back to help in pushing it off.



INSERTING THE CARTRIDGE
picture  Turn the film transport shaft by the cogs until the slit in the take-up spool next to it faces upward (4).
Now push the tongue of the film as far as possible into the slit of the spool.

The upper edge of the film must touch the inside of the upper rim of the spool (5). Now pull the cartridge across the transport shaft and the film aperture and insert it in the film chamber (6).

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SETTING FILM COUNTER AND FILM INDICATOR
picturepicture  Turn the milled edge of the film counter disc in the direction of the arrow until the. mark is opposite the index line on the body (9).  Finally, set the film indicator in the back (10). To avoid errors later on, decide from the start on the colour marks you propose to use for the different films, and make a note of them. picture
Hold the camera with your left hand to stop the cartridge from
dropping out (7) and turn it over (8). 



CLOSING THE BACK
  picture Push the camera body and back together again (11). If the back will not close completely (12), move the latch and the open rewind crank slightly to and fro (13). 

Then turn back the latch and fold it down (14). Only now is the camera fully closed and light tight.

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OPENING THE FRONT DOORS
picture  picture Hold the camera in both hands, point it slightly downwards, and press the release button (15). The two doors will spring open and expose the shutter and lens. The fully open camera appears as shown in illustration 

Caution: It is advisable to use the left index finger for braking slightly the movement of the combi-plunger as it slides out at the same time. If the lens does not come forward all the way, gently pull one of the front doors outwards.



PREPARING THE FILM FOR EXPOSING
picture  Press down the combi-plunger as far as it will go and allow it to spring up again v. Press down the release button and keep it depressed is. Work the combi-plunger once more 19. Now take your finger off the release button and push down the combi-plunger for the third time.

The film is now ready for the first exposure and the film counter shows "0"  From now on it will show the number of exposures you have made.
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SETTING THE APERTURE
 picture To set the aperture or stop turn the semi-circular wheel
underneath the shutter housing ® and (. It is best to use your index finger.

All the stops on the scale which rotates during setting click into position opposite the tip of the A mark ®, making accidental changes impossible. The scale and index mark are visible from above (4).
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SETTING THE SHUTTER SPEED
picture To set the shutter speed, turn the large, milled shutter speed ring Ts. All the settings are easily read off from above ©. Set the red dot on the shutter speed ring opposite the required shutter speed (ill. (7)= 1/2 sec).

The shutter has already been tensioned during loading (see p. 10).

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picture The figures on the shutter speed scale stand for fractions of a second, except for the "1"/ which means one second. Intermediate speeds can be set EXCEPT between '/,o and 1/25 second, and between 1/250 and 1/500 second.

At the extreme left is the "B" setting for time exposures 80; at this setting the shutter remains open so long as the release is kept pressed down. At the extreme right is the setting for '/500 second (9) . This can only be set before tensioning the shutter.

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