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    Question re: Vitomatic IIa

    Hi,

    I have a question that I fear may be a silly one. I have just acquired 4 lovely Voigtlander cameras which incidentally are the most pretty cameras I have ever seen! I am taking one on a photo walk tomorrow. The film is loaded and I am ready to go.

    My only question is this. On one side of the lens is a selector switch with the letters V (green) X (red) and M (yellow). At the moment it is in the X position, which I assume is the default. What do these letters mean?

    Sorry if this is a daft question, I just want to make sure I am doing everything right having never used one of this brand of camera before (a long search on Google did not yield the answer).

    Thank you,

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    This is serious question and If I were you , I would ask the same question. If you cant find the answer , remove the film , play with shutter and the subject indicators and try to find the answer.
    I advise you to not to go out without understanding the camera or your money burns and had a bad day.

    Try to hold the camera againts to light and experiment with shutter , I had a camera and x was self timer or may be bulb !

    Umut

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    You can do better. Go to te butkus site and download the manual. Send him 3 bucks.
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    V= self timer, X=electronic flash, M = flash bulbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobD View Post
    V= self timer, X=electronic flash, M = flash bulbs
    Yep, anytime you see an X and an M on an older camera it usually means X synch for electronic flash and M for M type bulbs.

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    I love my Vitomatic IIa.


    I think it's one of the best of the Vito- series. Mine has the f/2.8 Skopar. I hope one
    day to find one with the f/2 Ultron

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    The "V" means "Vorlaufwerk", the german word for delayed action or self-timer, you also find this "V" on other german cameras like the Rolleiflex (i.e. "MXV").

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    I bought a Vito CL new from the PX while I was stationed in Germany in the early '60s and it still works today.It has the Lanthar lens but the pics it takes rival those from my Bessamatics with the Skopar lenses.
    I have picked up a few more on the way which I hope to use if I can ever find the time to go through them to make sure that they are up to snuff.I nearly always carry a Voigtlander when shooting film along with whatever else suits my needs for that day.Ron G

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    V is for the self timer, x is for x flash sync and m for m sync, X sync is for electronic flash and m would be used if you were using flash bulbs. I would suggest that you never use the self timer on this or any classic camera as if there is a weakness in the prontor or compur shutters it is the self timer, and should it stick then it would render the shutter un usable and mean a trip to the camera service shop, so leave it set to the X setting and leave it there,I have a number of older Voightlanders, including a Vitomatic 11a, and they are terrific cameras if you can live with a fixed lens, one tip I have found is to set the exposure meter with these cameras to over expose by 1 stop, and check that it is working against a known exposure meter, other than that do what I do and enjoy using cameras from a golden age which we will not see again.
    Richard

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    Just a tiny note: V for the self-timer setting isn't just for German cameras. My Minolta Hi-Matic 9 has it, too (and it's way too easy to trip by mistake!).
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