Voigtländer Vito shutter won’t fire
Q In a local charity shop, I saw an old film camera – a Voigtländer Vito B, priced just £5. I fell in love with it and bought it. It’s the first film camera that I have ever owned, or even held, come to think of it. I believe it uses 35mm film but don’t have any yet. I am a bit worried that the camera is faulty because the shutter button doesn’t do anything. I know this camera is entirely mechanical and doesn’t use batteries. My father pointed out that a lever needs to be used to make the shutter work, but it doesn’t seem to work. He used to have a film camera, but not like this. Do you have any suggestions? I don’t want to order some film if the camera doesn’t work. If the camera needs repair, will it be expensive? Zane Hanning A he Voigtländer Vito B was produced between 1954 and 1960 and is a very good choice for starting out in 35mm film photography. There were two versions made, with the older having a smaller viewfinder. You can run an internet search to find photos of the two versions and compare them with yours. Hopefully, your experience with the shutter not cocking is simply because there is no film in the camera. When you advance the film wind lever, it pulls the film across the sprockets, which is the rotating cylinder inside the camera that has pegs sticking out at the top and bottom. It’s the rotation of this that cocks the shutter. You can still cock the shutter without a film loaded by gently rotating the sprockets manually. If that still doesn’t work, it could mean the camera needs to be serviced. It’s difficult to estimate the cost of servicing a camera. A good place to start is Luton Cameras, whose repair service has an excellent reputation. Give them a call on 01582 458323 for best advice.
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