Voigtlander VITESSA
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Principal Vitessa variants were four:

VITESSA A: 1950-1954, the first version was with non removable camera back, pressure plate connected to body and not to camera back, has a removable accessory shoe on the top, no ring for neckstrap on the body but on the ever-ready case; from 2 version cover was always removable and with pressure plate connected to it, filter connection by screw, shutter Compur-Rapid with coaxial syncro flash, manual parallax correction in A1 and A2 variants, from VITESSA A3 parallax correction become automatic , from Vitessa A4 always fixed accessory shoe on top and modern syncro-flash on barn door.

VITESSA N: 1954, bayonet mount filter fit, Synchro-Compur LVS shutter, with self-timer and EV value from 3 to18, syncro Flash on barn door, automatic parallax correction, with ring for neckstrap, fixed accessory shoe on top, lenses Ultron 50:2 and Color-Skopar 50:3,5.


VITESSA L: 1954, bayonet filter mount, Synchro-Compur LVS shutter, with self-timer and EV value from 2-18 , syncro Flash on barn door, automatic parallax correction, a, with ring for neckstrap, fixed accessory shoe on top, incorporated meter ABCDEF ASA 6-200 (last models BCDEFG ASA 12-400)


VITESSA T: 1957, four models in all including dummy, Synchro-Compur shutter, self-timer , syncro-flash laterally, automatic parallax correction, sometimes with ring for neckstrap sometimes not, fixed accessory shoe on top, incorporated meter ABCDEF ASA 6-200 (last models BCDEFG ASA 12-400); made in 42.123 pieces.


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Vitessa A1
Ultron f/2.0
Compur-Rapid from 1 to 1/500, external rangefinder window: Diamond shape, without ring for neckstrap , no fully removable camera back, pressure plate connected to body and not to camera back (like in Rollei 35), syncro-flash on lens and of old type, no accessory shoe on the top
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Vitessa A1 Attrappe
without lens
Only the body, it's possible to open barn doors, sometimes bellows inside, but never seen lens, see in the picture the engravure on the bottom.DUMMY and ATTRAPPE.
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from this model has been always present pressure plate connected to camera back and with external convex
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Vitessa A2
Ultron f/2.0
Compur-Rapid from 1 to 1/500, external rangefinder window: Diamond shape, WITHOUT ring for neckstrap on the body, cover removable and with pressure plate connected to it, syncro-flash on lens and of old type, no accessory shoe on the top.
no
Vitessa A3
Ultron f/2.0
Compur-Rapid from 1 to 1/500, external rangefinder window: Diamond shape, WITH ring for neckstrap on the body, cover removable, syncro-flash on lens and of old type, no accessory shoe on the top.
no
Vitessa A4
Ultron f/2.0
Compur-Rapid from 1sec to 1/500, external rangefinder window: Diamond shape, syncro-flash on barn door, no fixed accessory shoe on the top
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from this model has been always present the accessory shoe on the top
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Vitessa A5
Ultron f/2.0
Synchro-Compur from 1 to 1/500, external rangefinder window: Diamond shape, WITH ring for neckstrap on the body, cover removable, logo Voigtlander near the lens, not on the top, in two sub-variants: logo in bold carachter or in double line carachter, syncro-flash on barn door, made in 127.338 pieces.
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From this model, always external rangefinder window square and no more diamond shape
Vitessa N 1
Skopar f/3.5
Synchro-Compur from 1 to 1/500, times ring & diaphragm ring not coupling, external rangefinder window: square, WITH ring for neckstrap on the body .
no
Vitessa N 2
Ultron f/2
Synchro-Compur from 1 to 1/500, times ring & diaphragm ring coupling, external rangefinder window: square, logo Voigtlander near the lens, not on the top, logo in bold carachter.
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from this model has been always present the meter, and external rangefinder window become Square shape
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Vitessa L 1
Ultron f/2.0
Synchro-Compur da 1 a 1/500, external rangefinder window: Square shape, max sensitivity of meter 200 ASA
sensitivity of meter 6-200 ASA
Vitessa L 2
Ultron f/2.0
Synchro-Compur da 1 a 1/500, external meter plastic window: bubble, max sensitivity of meter 200 ASA
sensitivity of meter 6-200 ASA
Vitessa L 3
Ultron f/2.0
Synchro-Compur da 1 a 1/500, external meter plastic window: bubble, max sensitivity of meter 400 ASA, when meter become most sensitive, disappear Weston grades serigraphy of top.
sensitivity of meter 12-400 ASA
Vitessa L 4
Color-Skopar f/2.8
Synchro-Compur da 1 a 1/500, external meter plastic window: Square shape, max sensitivity of meter 200 ASA.
sensitivity of meter 6-200 ASA
Vitessa L 5
Skopar f/3,5
Synchro-Compur da 1 a 1/500, external meter plastic window: Square shape.
sensitivity of meter 6-200 ASA
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from this model has been always present interchangeable lenses.
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Vitessa T 1
interchangeable lenses, standard lens was
Color-Skopar 50.2,8
Synchro-Compur da 1 a 1/500, external meter plastic window: Square shape.
sensitivity of meter 6-200 ASA
Vitessa T 2
interchangeable lenses, standard lens was
Color-Skopar 50.2,8
Synchro-Compur da 1 a 1/500, external meter plastic window: bubble, interchangeable lenses, standard lens was
Color-Skopar 50.2,8.
sensitivity of meter 6-200 ASA
Vitessa T 3
interchangeable lenses, standard lens was
Color-Skopar 50.2,8
Synchro-Compur da 1 a 1/500, external meter plastic window: bubble, interchangeable lenses, standard lens was
Color-Skopar 50.2,8.
sensitivity of meter 12-400 ASA
Vitessa T Attrappe
interchangeable lenses, standard lens was absent, replaced by a metal cylinder.
Dummy version, not functioning

LE VARIANTI DELLA VITESSA


Vitessa cameras have been produced by Voigtlander for ten years, in four principal variant: original Vitessa, Vitessa L, Vitessa N and Vitessa T. During these ten years, always Voigtlander improved this production, with a series of new features that, today, allows us to decline a great number of variant, who are happiness of the most careful collectors. Original Vitessa is immediatly recognizable for some aspects: the form of the internal rangefinder window, diamond shape, the first 3 variant without accessory shoe, with synchro- flash on lens barrell, Voigtlaender and Vitessa Logo in double line carachter only on the top, from fourth version always present in bold characters and frontally in the body. In the first version of Vitessa A, it had not fully removable camera back, pressure plate has been connected to the body and not to the camera back, and had manual parallax correction. Ultron lens could have screw filters or bayonet filters, from second variant the camera back become full removable and pressure plate has been connected to the camera back, the second improvement was the substitution of the old Compur-Rapid shutter with the better Synchro-Compur-MX, always a bayonet fit for filters, and automatic parallax correction. From third variant ring for neckstrap were on the body, from fourth variant a modern syncro-flash was always put on left barn door. All the variant of VitessaA were equipped by the wonderful Ultron 50 f/2.0, a masterpiece of all times, from the successive versions was adopted also Color Skopar 50 f/3.5 and f/2,8. After Vitessa N and Vitessa L birth, definitively disappear manual parallax correction, and the form of the internal rangefinder window become square shape. The new Synchro-Compur-LVS shutter is equipped with EV values, and the two rings of diaphragm and of shutter speeds are connected asZeiss lenses for many years after, to testify that some terrible ideas are long to die. For Vitessa N with Color Skopar f/3.5, EV values goes from 3 to 18; there is a rare version of Vitessa N with Ultron, very similar to Vitessa A4. For Vitessa L with meter and with Color Skopar f/2.8 lens, EV values goes from 3 a 18, while Vitessa L with meter and with Ultron f/2.0 lens, EV values goes from 2 a 18. Vitessa L meter is has DIN, ASA and WESTON scale in six sensibility range, from 6 to 200 ASA, with A B C D E F letters. Subsequently this range has been replaced by a modified scale from 12 to 400 ASA with B C D E F G letters. This modify is, at collector's eye, is a variant, and so Vitessa L is characterized for 5 different variant for different lens and meter sensitivity . The same differences it is possible to find in Vitessa T model, that one with interchangeable lenses, in first variants was equipped bu a meter with range from 6 to 200 ASA ( in both variant with bubbles or not) and after with range from 12 to 400 ASA (only bubble variant).So the total number of Vitessa models is four, while the total number of Vitessa variant is 18 : 6 Vitessa-A including dummy, 3 Vitessa-N , 5 Vitessa-L , e 4 Vitessa-T including dummy.

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