Vario

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The Vario is a long-lived series of leaf shutters that were made by the German company Gauthier based in Calmbach.

The Vario appeared in 1912, the same year as the Pronto, and both shutter models were modified in 1929.[1]

The early Vario is a 2-blade dial-set type. It is also an everset type so the tensioning and release of the shutter are performed with the same lever.
Later Vario shutters are 5-blade rim-set types and have separate levers for the tensioning and the release of the shutter.

Most Vario shutters have 25, 50, 100, B, T speed settings. Another wide-spread variant has the speeds 1/25 sec., 1/50 sec., 1/200 sec., and B. After (during?) World War I Vario shutters were copied by the French manufacturer Gitzo and marketed under a number of names ('Platos', 'Plavicos', 'Vistar', 'Gitzo' (see Gitzo Shutters).

Notes

  1. Shunkan o torae-tsuzukeru shattā-ten, p. 6.

Bibliography

  • Kamera no mekanizumu sono I: "Hai! Chīzu" Shunkan o torae-tsuzukeru shattā-ten (カメラのメカニズム・そのⅠ・「ハイ!チーズ」瞬間をとらえ続けるシャッター展, Camera mechanism, part 1 "Cheese!" Exhibition of instant taking shutters). Tokyo: JCII Camera Museum, 2002. (Exhibition catalogue, no ISBN number)

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