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The Voigtländer Ultramatic was the predecessor to the Ultramatic CS. It was produced from 1961 - 1968 in Brunswick Germany, in total 35,500 to 45,000 were made. The Ultramatic model featured a selenium cell, later models have a CdS cell . Bessamatic and Ultramatic have the same Deckel bayonet mount, but only lenses with a yellow dot on the bayonet mount allow the full automatic functionality of the Ultramatics. The Ultramatic was designed by Walter Swarofsky and Fritz Renneberg, both of whom hold several patents for technology on the Ultramatic. A factor in the Ultramatic's demise was the cost of Bassematic lenses and the complicated and weighty Leaf Shutter.
- Type: Single Lens Reflex Camera (SLR)
- Film Size: 135 Picture Size: 24x36mm
- Lens Mount: Bessamatic Type DKL-mount
- Standard Lens: Voigtlander Color-Skopar X 50mm f/2.8
- Shutter: Synchro-Compur Leaf Speeds: Bulb,1-500
- Fully automatic aperture control.
- Selenium meter
- Instant-return mirror
SLR Lenses for Bessamatic / Ultramatic (1958-1969)
Although the optical quality of the Bessamatic mount lenses was better than the competition at the time, the cost of the lens lead to it's and the Bessamatic / Ultramatic undoing. Bessamatic Mount lenses were also much slower and their minimum focus distance was greater then the competition.
- Skoparex f/3.4 35mm
- Skopagon f/2.0 40mm
- Color-Skopar X f/2.8 50mm
- Septon f/2.0 50mm
- Dynarex f/3.4 90mm
- Dynarex f/4.8 109mm
- Super-Dynarex f/4.0 135mm
- Super-Dynarex f/4.0 200mm
- Super-Dynarex f/5.6 350mm
- Zoomar f/2.8 36mm - 82mm