What better way to start a New Year than with a new film camera? Actually two, but I’ll talk about the second one later…
As soon as I got the almost 50 years old Voigtländer Vitoret DR as a present last Christmas (it belonged to my husband’s great aunt who apparently used it only once) I started to look for instructions on the Internet. It came in fact complete with a wonderful leather case but not with a manual.
Though, I must confess, I was kind of scared by the having to learn how to use a rangefinder camera (with a rangefinder camera you never look through the lens but you focus and compose through a window on the top right) it amused me to think that I had to turn a ring in order to focus!
Please, bear with me while I’ll try to make myself clear. What happens with this camera is that when I peer through the rangefinder a secondary image, tinted yellow/green and covering a small circular part of the main image, appears. After choosing the part of the image I want to be in the centre of focus, I have to move the rangefinder control until to two superimposed images line up. I can’t say I’m comfortable yet with all the procedure but I’m getting there.
All the photos you can see below were taken during the first days of the year in Rome. The first three just outside the MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts, while the second three when I was out and about in the city centre.
Though the built-in light meter didn’t work (the camera came with no battery too) I’m really impressed with the results, especially the colours, of my first roll. I just wish I could say the same about my first roll in the other film camera I got in Italy during my Christmas holidays…
PS: For those of you who want to know more about the differences between SLR and Rangefinder cameras, I recommend to follow this link.
Camera: Voigtländer Vitoret DR
Film: Fujifilm CN 200
Location: Rome, Italy