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REVIEW: Voigtländer Vitomatic II CS

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-06-13


Voigtländer Vitomatic II CS

Manufactured: 1967-71

Specs:


Lens: Voigtländer Color-Skopar 50mm f/2.8

Aperture: f/2.8 - 22
6 bladed aperure
Shutter: 1/500s to 1s plus a Bulb setting
Light meter: Coupled match-needle
cds meter
Battery: Mercury cell
Flash hot shoe and sync connection
Weight: 677g

Takes standard 135 film

24×36 mm negative size.


Viewfinder:


Built in range finder.

Inside the viewfinder you also have two prism reflectors.
One shows you your aperture and shutter speeds between 1/60s to 1/500s.
Other prism shows the light meter needle which is very simple to use.

It's also big and bright


Voigtländer
                            Vitomatic II CS

Image quality

Analogue B&W film
Good center sharpness even wide open.

Corner softness from f/2.8 to f/5.6 but nothing that severe.

Voigtländer
                            Vitomatic II CS
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f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16 - f/22

Bokeh
Great!

Voigtländer
                                                      Vitomatic II CS
Voigtländer
                                                      Vitomatic II CS


Build quality

Built like a tank and you'll be more worried for the floor if you drop it.



Conclusion


Extreamly solid, great viewfinder and a good lens.

One can't ask for much more.
My copy have clearly received quite a lot of abuse through the years but it still works.
The light meter on this diden't work unfortunately so I can't comment on it but these old selenium meter are usually not that accurate.
The built in rangefinder ghost image is not that clear and it can be hard to see sometimes.

Thumbs up:

Image quality
Build quality
Viewfinder

Thumbs down:

Quite heavy for it's size.
The rangefinders ghost image can be hard to see sometimes.




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Voigtlander Vitomatic II CS

Technical Info
Scanner: Plustek OpticFilm 7600i
Film: Rollei Retro 400s
Developer: Kodak D76


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