In episode 10 of Matt Loves Cameras I review one of the SMALLEST 35mm cameras ever made! It’s not the Rollei 35, it’s not the Olympus XA or the Olympus MJU II / Stylus Epic, it’s not even a Minox, though it’s very closely related to a Minox! Enter the Voigtlander Vito C!

I love the images I’ve captured with this camera and will continue to use this lovely little camera. Marshall Dalmatian makes a most unwelcome podcast debut halfway through this episode.

Episode 10 summary

  • Similar cameras made by Balda: Minox 35, Balda C35, Voigtlander Vito C
  • Brief history of Balda – folding cameras, making cameras for other companies, World War 2, move to West Germany
  • Differences between the compact Balda made cameras: aperture priority, exposure compensation, batteries
  • Voigtlander Vito C specifications and description
  • Is this the best pocket camera? maybe…
  • How I got this camera
  • Images taken with the Balda-made Voigtlander Vito C
  • Curious light leak
  • Ratings

Shout outs

Images taken with the Voigtlander Vito C

Sydney Harbour, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film, cross processed

Sydney Opera House, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film, cross processed

Sydney Opera House, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film, cross processed

Sydney, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film, cross processed.

Sydney, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film, cross processed

Frame burn! Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film, cross processed

 

Frame burn! Espresso Engine, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Superia 400

Outside John Mills Himself, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Superia 400

Cleveland Lighthouse, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Superia 400. Check out the light leak!

Swim time! Voigtlander Vito C with expired Superia 400

Sarah in a field, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Superia 400

Park Road station. Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film rated at 160, developed in E6.

My faithful companion, Marshall Dalmatian. Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film rated at 160 developed in E6.

Brisbane City. Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film rated at 160 developed in E6.

Letterboxes, Voigtlander Vito C with expired Lomography Color 200 slide film rated at 160 developed in E6.

Circular Quay, Voigtlander Vito C with Ilford FP4.

Sydney Opera House, Voigtlander Vito C with Ilford FP4.

Sydney Opera House, Voigtlander Vito C with Ilford FP4.

Sydney, Voigtlander Vito C with Ilford FP4.

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3 comments on “Smallest 35mm camera ever? Balda-made Voigtlander Vito C

  1. Markus May 6, 2019

    Hey Matt. Great review. I have to admit I was intrigued when you said it was similar to a Minox as the only Vito C I’d ever heard of was the metal bodied version from the 1960s. A VERY different camera.

    The lines through your images will be caused by something (usually dust or grit) scratching the emulsion. Either from the pressure plate (highly unlikely) or some crap caught in the felt on the film canister.

    Cheers!

  2. Ethan Aug 1, 2019

    Hey Matt

    Thanks for imparting your bit of knowledge on a relatively unknown camera. Was a great listen. I have one of the other versions of this camera, the Bauer Scout 35. Has the same light leak and everything. If you haven’t found any further information on the light leak, I just thought I’d let you know that I managed to find it on mine. I’m guessing it’s the same on all of them, but it leaks in through a tiny hole in the felted seal between the outer part of the lens barrel and the housing from which it extends. If you open the lens out with the film door open, while pointing the camera at a strong light, look just above and to the left of the ridged area surrounding the rear element/shutter. You should see a tiny bit of light shining through when you get the right angle. I patched it up with a little bit of insulation tape, haven’t tested it yet, but should do the trick.

    Cheers

    • Matt Murray Aug 2, 2019

      Oh wow, thanks for the info Ethan, much appreciated. I didn’t even know there was another version of this camera! Glad you like the show and thanks so much for the light leak info, I will try that! I will read your comment out on my next podcast. Cheers Matt