I thought I’d continue my analogue theme today, with a selection of shots from another of my film cameras. These were taken with the 1954 Voigtlander Vito B I bought on a whim back in July. I ran a roll of film through the camera straight after I bought it, but the shutter then seized, putting paid to any further fun! Fortunately, my friend Paul, at the camera club, loves fine tuning old cameras, so he kindly gave it a thorough service to get everything working smoothly again.
Over the last month I’ve worked through a roll of Kosmofoto 100 film and the negatives came back from the lab last week. I love the way film photography takes you time travelling. I’d completely forgotten my first pictures were taken at Duxford until I saw the negatives!
Using the Voigtlander offers a great form of mental gymnastics. Not only do you have to focus manually, but it lacks a light meter too. I’ve got a light meter app on my iPhone, but this time I largely judged my exposures through a mix of the Sunny 16 rule and gut instinct. I misjudged a few, but the latitude of film helped me through, and I’ve slightly darkened the ones I accidentally overexposed after scanning.
Focusing is another challenge. Fortunately, the lens has a zone focusing scale so, as long as I choose a reasonably small aperture, most things will be in focus. Close ups are a skill I’ve yet to acquire with this camera, but I can work on that with film number three!
2 April 2019