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''See also the earlier [[Prominent (6×9)|Prominent (6×9cm folder)]].''
 
''See also the earlier [[Prominent (6×9)|Prominent (6×9cm folder)]].''
 
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The '''Voigtländer Prominent''' is a [[leaf shutter]] [[rangefinder camera]] featuring interchangeable lenses, the first camera of this type.<ref> According to [http://www.ukcamera.com/classic_cameras/voigt2.htm UK Camera.com]. The first 35mm leaf shutter camera with interchangeable lenses was the 1947 Akarette by [[Apparate & Kamerabau]], but it has no rangefinder.</ref> It was introduced by German manufacturer [[Voigtländer]] in 1950, in competition with [[Leica]]s and [[Contax]]es, and withdrawn in 1960.
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The '''Voigtländer Prominent''' is a 35 mm [[leaf shutter]] [[rangefinder camera]] featuring interchangeable lenses, the first camera of this type.<ref> According to [http://www.ukcamera.com/classic_cameras/voigt2.htm UK Camera.com]. The first 35 mm leaf shutter camera with interchangeable lenses was the 1947 Akarette by [[Apparate & Kamerabau]], but it has no rangefinder.</ref> It was introduced by German manufacturer [[Voigtländer]] in 1950, in competition with [[Leica]]s and [[Contax]]es, and withdrawn in 1960.
  
The lenses attach with a bayonet fitting unique to the Prominent. The shutter is a Synchro-Compur, giving speeds 1 - 1/500 second, plus 'B', with a delayed action. It has switchable M- and X-[[flash sync]]hronisation, with a [[PC socket]] by the lens mount. In the original model, shown in the top picture, the accessory shoe is detachable, attaching to two studs, in the centre of the front and back of the top housing;<ref name=MElek>[http://elekm.net/pages/cameras/prominent.htm Prominent] showing the studs to fit a detachable accessory shoe, at [http://elekm.net/pages/ Mike Elek's Classic Cameras].</ref> these studs do not appear on the later example pictured below, with a fixed shoe.<ref name=MButkus>[http://www.butkus.org/chinon/voigtlander_pdf/prominent/prominent-splash.htm User's manuals] for the Prominent; first and second version, and the Prominent II, at Mike Butkus' [http://www.butkus.org/chinon/ Orphan Cameras].</ref>
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The lenses attach with a bayonet fitting unique to the Prominent. The shutter is a Synchro-Compur, giving speeds 1 - 1/500 second, plus 'B', with a delayed action. It has switchable M- and X-[[flash sync]]hronisation, with a [[PC socket]] by the switch (pictured right). In the original model, shown in the top picture, the accessory shoe is detachable, attaching to two studs, in the centre of the front and back of the top housing;<ref name=MElek>[http://elekm.net/pages/cameras/prominent.htm Prominent] showing the studs to fit a detachable accessory shoe, at [http://elekm.net/pages/ Mike Elek's Classic Cameras].</ref> these studs do not appear on the later example pictured below, with a fixed shoe.<ref name=MButkus>[http://www.butkus.org/chinon/voigtlander_pdf/prominent/prominent-splash.htm User's manuals] for the Prominent; first and second version, and the Prominent II, at Mike Butkus' [http://www.butkus.org/chinon/ Orphan Cameras].</ref>
  
 
Focusing is done by turning the knob on the left of the top plate (which would be the film rewind on any other camera; the rewind on the Prominent is a folding key set in the top of this knob). There is a depth-of-field scale under the knob. This unusual positioning of the focus control (and of the controls generally) is the subject of some criticism.<ref name=MElek></ref>
 
Focusing is done by turning the knob on the left of the top plate (which would be the film rewind on any other camera; the rewind on the Prominent is a folding key set in the top of this knob). There is a depth-of-field scale under the knob. This unusual positioning of the focus control (and of the controls generally) is the subject of some criticism.<ref name=MElek></ref>
  
The original model of the Prominent has a film advance knob, with a frame counter under it. The Prominent was upgraded in 1956 — adding [[film advance|lever wind]].<ref>{{McKeown}}.</ref>
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The original model of the Prominent has a film advance knob, with a frame counter under it. The Prominent was upgraded in 1956 — adding [[film advance|lever wind]] (double stroke).<ref>{{McKeown}}.</ref>
  
 
The base of the camera has a tripod bush (a ⅜-inch bush, with an insert to convert it to ¼ inch), a film-type reminder, and a rotating indicator to show when the film is rewinding (i.e. when this button stops rotating, it is safe to open the camera).
 
The base of the camera has a tripod bush (a ⅜-inch bush, with an insert to convert it to ¼ inch), a film-type reminder, and a rotating indicator to show when the film is rewinding (i.e. when this button stops rotating, it is safe to open the camera).
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The successor '''Prominent II''' was introduced in 1958. This has a large [[Viewfinder#Albada finders|Albada viewfinder]] with bright-lines for 35, 50, 100 and 150mm lenses, a fixed accessory shoe, and a compact film advance lever.<ref name=MButkus></ref>
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The successor '''Prominent II''' was introduced in 1958. This has a large [[Viewfinder#Albada finders|Albada viewfinder]] with bright-lines for 35, 50, 100 and 150 mm lenses, a fixed accessory shoe, and a compact film advance lever.<ref name=MButkus></ref>
  
  
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* Film: [[35mm]]
 
* Film: [[35mm]]
 
* Shutter: [[Compur|Synchro-Compur]] or Compur-Rapid
 
* Shutter: [[Compur|Synchro-Compur]] or Compur-Rapid
* Lens: (standard): 50mm f/2 Ultron or 50mm f/1.5 Nokton
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* Lens: (standard): 50 mm f/2 Ultron or 50 mm f/1.5 Nokton
  
  
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* [http://www.ukcamera.com/classic_cameras/voigt2.htm Prominent] at [http://www.ukcamera.com/ UK Camera]
 
* [http://www.ukcamera.com/classic_cameras/voigt2.htm Prominent] at [http://www.ukcamera.com/ UK Camera]
 
* [http://www.cameraquest.com/voiprom.htm Prominent] among [http://www.cameraquest.com/classics.htm CameraQuest's Classic Camera Profiles]
 
* [http://www.cameraquest.com/voiprom.htm Prominent] among [http://www.cameraquest.com/classics.htm CameraQuest's Classic Camera Profiles]
* [http://www.collection-appareils.com/voigtlander/html/voigtlander_prominent.php Prominent] on [http://www.collection-appareils.fr/general/html/francais.php www.collection-appareils.fr] by Sylvain Halgand
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* [http://hans.lissberger.at/ Meine Voigtländer-Sammlung] by Hans Lißberger
* [http://www.retrography.com Prominent section at Retrography.com] by Simon Simonsen, Denmark.
 
 
 
  
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Latest revision as of 18:08, 10 October 2019

See also the earlier Prominent (6×9cm folder).

The Voigtländer Prominent is a 35 mm leaf shutter rangefinder camera featuring interchangeable lenses, the first camera of this type.[1] It was introduced by German manufacturer Voigtländer in 1950, in competition with Leicas and Contaxes, and withdrawn in 1960.

The lenses attach with a bayonet fitting unique to the Prominent. The shutter is a Synchro-Compur, giving speeds 1 - 1/500 second, plus 'B', with a delayed action. It has switchable M- and X-flash synchronisation, with a PC socket by the switch (pictured right). In the original model, shown in the top picture, the accessory shoe is detachable, attaching to two studs, in the centre of the front and back of the top housing;[2] these studs do not appear on the later example pictured below, with a fixed shoe.[3]

Focusing is done by turning the knob on the left of the top plate (which would be the film rewind on any other camera; the rewind on the Prominent is a folding key set in the top of this knob). There is a depth-of-field scale under the knob. This unusual positioning of the focus control (and of the controls generally) is the subject of some criticism.[2]

The original model of the Prominent has a film advance knob, with a frame counter under it. The Prominent was upgraded in 1956 — adding lever wind (double stroke).[4]

The base of the camera has a tripod bush (a ⅜-inch bush, with an insert to convert it to ¼ inch), a film-type reminder, and a rotating indicator to show when the film is rewinding (i.e. when this button stops rotating, it is safe to open the camera).

The successor Prominent II was introduced in 1958. This has a large Albada viewfinder with bright-lines for 35, 50, 100 and 150 mm lenses, a fixed accessory shoe, and a compact film advance lever.[3]


Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Voigtländer
  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Film: 35mm
  • Shutter: Synchro-Compur or Compur-Rapid
  • Lens: (standard): 50 mm f/2 Ultron or 50 mm f/1.5 Nokton


Notes

  1. According to UK Camera.com. The first 35 mm leaf shutter camera with interchangeable lenses was the 1947 Akarette by Apparate & Kamerabau, but it has no rangefinder.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Prominent showing the studs to fit a detachable accessory shoe, at Mike Elek's Classic Cameras.
  3. 3.0 3.1 User's manuals for the Prominent; first and second version, and the Prominent II, at Mike Butkus' Orphan Cameras.
  4. McKeown.


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