Nice find and a good price!
The Vito II is one of my all-time favorites. If you can live with the tiny finder (just usable for me, I wear glasses) there is nothing more pocketable until you get to the Rollei 35, and those plastic/electronic wonders from Minox, Olympus, and so on. As I've said before, Brooke Shields could have carried one in the back pocket of those CK jeans. I particularly like that, unlike a Kodak Retina, you can fold it up at any focus setting. Also, the lens is well recessed and doesn't need a hood.
You have the manual so you may already know but for "posterity":
- Shutter only works with film loaded
- For 1/500 only, you must set the speed first, cock the shutter second. If you forget, stop down, or even sacrifice that frame.
Here's what's not in the manual:
- Opening and closing the back takes a little practice but the advantage is that this style clasp will never catch in your clothing.
- I like to put it in my pocket with the advance wheel first, and my index finger covering the little swivel over the counter wheel. This way, nothing can catch when you whip it out in a hurry.
- Watch out for the two black tabs that unlock the lens for folding. Those are only glued and the glue is brittle by now. In fact, on my "user" Vito II, I broke them off intentionally and put them in a safe spot. I'll glue them back on if I ever sell it (not likely) but it's just as easy to fold the camera with the bare metal tabs.
Oh, and +1 on the accessory shoe. It's ugly, inconvenient and will mar the finish. Outdoors - 200 speed film, sunny-16 and guess-focus will serve you fine. Indoors - use a different camera.
WANTED: Fujimoto/Lucky 70M negative carrier
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