Voightlander Vitomatic IIa

Discussion in 'General' started by Murray Rosen, Sep 30, 2021.

  1. Murray Rosen

    Murray Rosen New Member

    Hi all - can anyone please help me sort out the viewfinder in my otherwise perfect camera ? Something has broken off and is half obscuring the view. I have dismantled the camera a little - just enough to see that the viewfinder containing the broken part appears to be a sealed white plastic box. Guess I need to find a replacement part? Any spices or other ideas please? Thanks - Murray
     
  2. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Welcome to RPF, Murray. I think I still have a Vitomatic sitting on a shelf in the studio: I'll have a look in the morning which version it is. @Chris Bennett is quite handy with older cameras it seems and might have some ideas, and is a bit nearer than me.
     
  3. Murray Rosen

    Murray Rosen New Member

    PS Apologies - ‘sources’ not ‘spices’!
     
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  4. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    Hi Murray. Welcome to RPF from me too!
    I don't know this camera at all, though, there is a Vito B, which is a fairly close relation, sitting upstairs waiting for me to try to revive. I've had a little look around for info on the Vitomatic and it seems as though it's quite common for bits to be found rattling around in and about that little white box. As far as I can tell, it houses, among other things, a mirror via which you view the light meter. I've found quite a lot of references to that mirror becoming detached and people failing to be able to get in to repair it.
    However, there were apparently over 200,000 of this model sold, so finding a donor model oughtn't be all that difficult, I would have thought.
     
  5. Murray Rosen

    Murray Rosen New Member

    Thank you so much Pete and Chris. Sorry to be so ignorant but how do I go about finding a donor ?! Murray
     
  6. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    I guess eBay would be a good start, but wait until I've had a look to see what mine is.
     
  7. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Mine is a IIIb and it looks like the rangefinder etc is different from the IIa. What does your look like, Murray?

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  8. Murray Rosen

    Murray Rosen New Member

    Thanks Pete. My white box looks smaller, as attached …. Murray
     

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  9. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Is there any chance of taking a shot through the viewfinder so you can show us what is broken. The diagonal piece at the bottom of the finder reflects the image of the meter needle into the finder.
     
  10. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

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  12. Murray Rosen

    Murray Rosen New Member

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  13. Murray Rosen

    Murray Rosen New Member

    Many thanks again Pete. Apologies for not seeing your message earlier. I have tried to take a photo through the broken viewfinder, as attached, but am not sure it shows any more detail. All the best - Murray 9766060A-3E4D-424B-BBE0-DA6BA1E12CC5.jpeg
     
  14. Murray Rosen

    Murray Rosen New Member

    I bought the EBay spare parts - thanks again Chris and Pete. Does anyone please have instructions for dismantling down to viewfinder so I can replace it ? Murray
     
  15. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

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