Ultramatic - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Ultramatic

1962

Voigtländer & Sohn

Braunschweig

West Germany

Image of Ultramatic

Lens:
f2, 50 mm Septon, fully automatic iris diaphragm (FAD) to f22. Depth of field shown by two moving arms on the focusing ring (not when exposure meter is set to automatic). Bayonet mount. Serial no. 6281034 .

Shutter:
Synchro-Compur, speeds 1 - 1/500, B. Delayed action. X, M flash synchronisation. Shutter within camera body.

Construction:
Metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film held in cassette.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Fixed roof pentaprism finder, split-image rangefinder on focusing screen with Fresnel condenser. Instant return mirror.
Auto-stop on film advance. Film advance lever sets the shutter. Film advance and shutter inter-linked for double and blank exposure prevention.
Semi-automatic, selenium meter, scaled 9 - 36 DIN, 12 - 3200 ASA. The aperture is set by the meter after manually selecting the shutter speed. Manual over-ride. Filter compensation setting.
Exposure counter.

Serial Number:
8521 .

With:

  • 54 mm push-on mount filters: Yellow 1.5x, in case; Yellow 3x, in case; Orange 5x, in case; SF (skylight) in case; UV in case.
  • Focar close-up lenses in push-on mounts: A, B, B, C, in cases.
  • Stepping ring to fit 54 mm filters onto 40.5 mm lens threads.
  • Metal lens hood.
  • Ever-ready case. Accessory shoe. Instruction book.

The Ultramatic operated in semi-automatic exposure mode, after the shutter speed was manually set the iris was automatically set, determined by the exposure meter. It had an instant return mirror and operated its lenses in fully automatic diaphragm (FAD) mode. The instant return mirror must have caused problems as it was dropped in the next model (Ultramatic CS). For automatic setting to work lenses with a yellow spot on the bayonet are required.

Code Names:
310/541 - Metal lens hood. 325/54 - SF filter. 317/54 - UV filter. 301/54 - 1.5x Yellow filter. 302/54 - 3x Yellow filter. 308/54 - Orange filter. 343/54 - Focar A. 344/54 - Focar B. 345/54 - Focar C. 357/54 - Stepping ring.

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