Voigtlän­der Vito shut­ter won’t fire

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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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