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The Most Important Classic Camera Accessory of the last Four Decades? ?   Maybe.... 

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Leica M2 and Yashica YF with the Voigtlander VC meter. The M2 is mounting the Voigtlander 50/1.5 Aspherical Nokton.

  Voigtlander VC Clip on Meter I   

VC Meter I Discontinued 5/2004, replaced by VC Meter II  9/2004

I admit when I first heard about the Voigtlander VC meter, I just didn't see the point.  I mean, so what? a clip on meter!   Haven't their been dozens or more clip on meters?  Then I got my hands on one, and saw the light.

The problem with most pre-1960 classic cameras is no built in meter.  A lot of my favorite cameras fall into this category, like the screw mount "Barnack" Leicas;  the many Leica copies including Nicca, Leotax, and Canon; all of my Nikon Rangefinders; Zeiss Contax rangefinders; and of course the illustrious Leica M3/M2/M4, not to mention countless other classics.   Without meters older classics become much harder to use than today's plastic computer wonders,   often finding themselves unused and collecting dust.  True, many classic cameras did  have clip on meters, but four decades later these meters are often not working and unrepairable -- and  hard to find.  

While no single VC feature is incredible, all the VC features combine to create a superb and unique tool for the classic camera user:

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Leica M4 and Nikon S2 with the Voigtlander VC meter.  The M4 is mounting the Voigtlander 35/1.7 Aspherical Ultron.

This product is so obvious now that I am looking at it,  it makes me wonder why no one made it before.  Leica really should have made this meter, about 20 years ago when LED's came out.  

Since the VC meter can be used with practically any classic meterless camera,  it seriously gets my vote as the most important classic camera accessory of the last four decades.  With the VC's convenience, many classic dust collectors will start shooting again.

VC Meter I Discontinued 5/2004, replaced by VC Meter II  9/2004


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