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Anyone have one? I have the Contessa and want to compliment it. Which is the most sought after? I prefer one without the interchangable lenses. Do they have meters?
The Vitessa L is the folder with barn doors, and has a meter. The Vitessa T is the non-folder with interchangeable lenses. The Vitessa's are VERY quirky. The RF is a nightmare to align. The Kodak Retina IIIc is a much better choice. Of course, it does not come with an Ultron or Skopar.
I have the Vitessa T and Vitessa N. The latter does not have a meter. These are big cameras- I use a Nikkorex Case for my Vitessa T. The L and N are the same sized body, have the barn doors.
I had a Vitessa L with the 50/2.0 Ultron for a few years--probably my favorite 50mm lens. It had a selenium meter that didn't work, as is usually the case. Better to use a handheld meter. Here's a favorite Vitessa-L shot--
really nice shot.
If you want a companion for your Contessa why not a Voigtländer Vitomatic IIb (selenium meter) or better, a Cs (CdS cell) ? They both have the Color Skopar. If you want the Ultron take a look at a Vitomatic IIIb (also selenium meter) or III Cs (CdS cell).
All have fixed lens, and are very compact and dependable cameras.
I have a Vitessa 125 that was CLA'd by Wolf Umbach. I actually find it a joy to use, and with practice I've learned to shoot fairly quick.
I'll look at the Vitomatics, thanks.
I recently got mine (a Vitessa with fixed Ultron 50 and no meter and ears for straps).
I wrote a few lines about it here (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=53014) and posted some photos.
If you want you can see some more photos took with that camera here on my blog:
http://fotonico237.blogspot.com/2008/02/nightbound-train-1.html (except the third one from above).
Maybe I'll be able to post something more later.
I always bring it with me, a little bit heavy but it's a nice pocketable camera with a very fast 50 mm lens.
For a collector: 'Bomb Doors' f/2. I've had 'em, but they are extremely idiosyncratic and need servicing to maintain anything like smooth wind-on.
Otherwise: well, I'd go for a Retina...
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