Voigtländer Prominent

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by MXP, Apr 16, 2004.

  1. MXP

    MXP Guest

    Can anybody tell me something about these cameras?
    Are they still used today?......a friend is trying to sell me a Prominent
    with a Nokton 50/1.5 lens (195X model....not the new one made by Cosina).
    Can this lens utilize a modern slide film (e.g. Provia 100F). It is first
    now I realize that the
    exact same names are used by Cosina for the new lenses they make.

    Max
     
    MXP, Apr 16, 2004
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  2. The Prominet that you have was a (IMHO) a high class 1950's/1960's era
    rangefinder camera with interchangable lenses.

    Lenses went up to 200mm as I recall. Wide angle went to 35mm. There
    was a 100mm also. I forget if there were other lenses.

    Voigtlander also made a reflex housing for the Prominet.

    The camera is standard 35mm and can use any 35mm film. Camera as I
    recall came in two versions - first with no accessory shoe mounted
    (but with removable one) and then with accessory shoe fixed in place.
    There may have been changes in RF/viewfinder also. I seem to recall
    earlier ones had knob film advance and later had lever advance, but my
    memory is a little foggy on this. A little research on Google should
    turn up info on this camera.

    I owned several of these over the years and liked them.

    A quick look at eBay showed these cameras selling from about $200 to
    $400.

    Note: there was also a Prominet folding camera which was a pre WWII
    120 folding camera.
     
    Charles Seyferlich, Apr 16, 2004
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  3. MXP

    lalil Guest

    Cosina does not use the name Prominent.
     
    lalil, Apr 17, 2004
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  4. MXP

    MXP Guest

    Thank you for the link. The first comments about the old Nokton 50/1.5
    performance i have seen. I know the Prominent name is not used. But Nokton
    and Skopar ect. are used and maybe the Prominent name will be used in the
    future.....unless the Prominent name gives peoble negative feelings caused
    by bad design ect.....written in the article.

    Max
     
    MXP, Apr 17, 2004
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  5. MXP

    Bandicoot Guest

    Fine lens, beautifully made but not well designed body seems to be the
    accepted view on these.

    You might be interested in this:

    http://cameraquest.com/VoigtPromAdpt.htm

    An adapter that will let you use that lens on either a Nikon (expensive) or
    a Contax (fairly expensive) or Kiev (cheap) rangefinder body...


    Peter
     
    Bandicoot, Apr 18, 2004
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