The Voigtländer Ultramatic CS was the first 35mm leaf shutter SLR camera with TTL metering. The design of the not too heavy camera was derived from the Voigtländer viewfinder cameras, with rounded sides and a shifter on the front side as shutter release. Its designer was Walter Swarofsky. A specialty of the camera was that shutter speed and aperture were controlled by rings around bayonet. The lenses had only a distance control ring. The 37mm bayonet offered mechanical control of both, aperture release and automatic aperture setting. The Septon 1:2/50mm was a superb lens, and like the Skopagon 2.0/40mm it was a quite fast lens for that type of SLR. The exposure delay of the complex mechanical masterpiece was only 1/50 sec.
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