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Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras Made in Japan by Cosina in partnership with Voigtlander, the many modern Voigtlander Leica Screw Mount and Leica M mount bodies offer inexpensive and often unique options into entering the world of Leica rangefinder photography.

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L 39 4.14%
T 46 4.88%
R 127 13.48%
R2 71 7.54%
R2M (Jahre 250) 15 1.59%
R2M 52 5.52%
R2A 103 10.93%
R3M (Jahre 250) 40 4.25%
R3M 83 8.81%
R3A 150 15.92%
R4M 110 11.68%
R4A 106 11.25%
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Old 01-15-2012   #161
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My first modern RF was a Bessa R also, and with the 35/2.5 Color Skopar the duo made a very useful combination. Later I obtained a 50/1.8 Canon Serenar and it, too, worked fine. The meter on the Bessa R is virtually infallible and the viewfinder was as bright as my M6. The build quality of course did not compare with that of the M6, but it was way easier to use and if someone stole the kit I wasn't out a wad.
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Old 01-25-2012   #162
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Funny thing. I was looking for a Bessa-T but got a wide lens with a Bessa-L attached in a bargain.
But I still voted Bessa-T, because this is the only modern 35mm film RF Bessa I'm looking for, because of the big RF magnification for longer or very fast lenses. My "standard" 35mm film RF is a Hexar RF.
I really hope to get a Bessa-T during this year.
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Old 02-12-2012   #163
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L for me. Saw one going pretty cheap and fancied it. Picked up an R-D1s this week too so if I really like it then I might trade the Bessa L for an R something. Which Bessa would be closest to the R-D1?
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Old 02-12-2012   #164
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L for me. Saw one going pretty cheap and fancied it. Picked up an R-D1s this week too so if I really like it then I might trade the Bessa L for an R something. Which Bessa would be closest to the R-D1?
Mechanically an R. In terms of viewfinder magnification and auto exposure, an R3a
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Old 03-02-2012   #165
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The one I had an opportunity to buy when I first heard of them- the R2. Works perfectly with my Canon and Leica lenses. It should outlast me. But my X-100 is getting incredible attention.
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Old 03-07-2012   #166
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I've recently bought and am really enjoying the R2. It's a solid performer so far.
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Old 03-14-2012   #167
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I used to own the R3M Jahre 250, but if I had known before I would have probably bought the R4A, because of wide angle and the auto exposure feature. I loved that camera
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Old 03-19-2012   #168
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Cannot answer , miss the Bessa III aka fuji 667 choice.
Agreeing I would like the Bessa III Folder.. sexyy mf goodness.
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Old 03-21-2012   #169
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The R4A is my favorite, as it's most suitable for the lenses I use the most. Seems to me the R3A would make a good companion for longer lenses...
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Old 03-29-2012   #170
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My vote goes to the R2M
It has framelines for the 35mm that I would like to have with it.
The Nikon eyecup magnifier should fit the finder if fast long glas should be needed and I probably wont go to the extremes anyway
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Old 04-01-2012   #171
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Classic black Bessa R and just for fun a Jupiter-8
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Old 04-17-2012   #173
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I really like the T's. Basic, basic, basic. A shutter, an RF and a trigger winder. That's it. Focuses my Noctilux wide open reliably. 'Nuff said.
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Old 04-17-2012   #174
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R3M feels like perfect match with 40 Nokton SC.
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Old 06-20-2012   #175
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Used my R several years and changed then to Canon 10d. By incident I found my R again, loaded it with BW film and shoot on a businesstrip to Vienna. After development and scanning I found out that film is different, I think so special that I am now shooting simultaniously. It is weird that the price of analog cameras is increasing and more an more shops offerring film and darkroom stuff.

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Old 06-22-2012   #176
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I'm loving my R2. Can't believe the difference in price between an R2 and R2M new. The finish is also much much nicer on the R2! Hate the matte black and button rewind.
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Old 06-25-2012   #177
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I love my R2. I bought it here back in January with a MC CV 40/1.4. Had trouble with the ergonomics of the focusing ring/knob, but absolutely loved the feel of the camera. Decided that is was an impulse buy and put both up for sale. Had a taker for just the lens and after spending time with him waxing Bessa's (he had the R3A) during the sell, I realized that I loved the R2 body and decided to keep it. I didn't want to spend another $450-500 right away for another Nokton so I got a Jupiter 8 with adapter from Fedka. Haven't developed any film yet, but I love how the lens feels. I find it easier to focus without a knob on it and love the camera even more. I see no reason to move up to a Leica now. I can save all that $ for film instead.
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Old 06-25-2012   #178
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Good stuff. I have an R3A, and consider it one of the most underrated camera bodies of all time. A wonderful machine, you don't need anything more.
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Old 07-01-2012   #179
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I love my R3A and usually burn between 5-10 rolls through it a week on average. However the 1:1 finder isn't as useful as I thought it would be and having the batteries die once or twice without backups is extremely frustrating. However I'm not sure I would be as happy if it weren't for aperture priority. Just wish when the batteries died you could still shoot at 1/60 or 1/125 mechanically.

That being said I've been contemplating trying to find someone who wants to trade for an R2a or r4a. I think the wider frame lines and viewfinder magnification would suit my eye and shooting style better. If anyone is interested shoot me a PM.

Also torn on selling it to buy another Mamiya 6 body since my first one broke. However the Bessa is just so damn easy to carry EVERYWHERE and try more shots since 35mm is basically free compared to MF.
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Old 07-05-2012   #180
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I have a Bessa L. Lovely little thing but not robust at all. I treat it with some care these days. It's been repaired twice - most recently a whole new shutter. Typically it has a Snapshot Skopar 25/4 on it but occasionally a Heliar 15/4.5 as in this photo -


Cosina-Voigtländer Bessa-L by The Central Scrutiniser, on Flickr


But the one I want is the Bessa III. It's not on the poll so I voted for L.
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Old 08-03-2012   #181
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I've just received my R4A - the range of lenses covered by the viewfinder is what I need. R4M would do as well.
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Old 09-03-2012   #182
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Just bought a used "R" on the net.
I've got a few FSU lenses that I love and the Bessa R looked like a logical choice.

I also have a small collection of FEDs that I use daily with great satisfaction, but I miss the additional times and synch of a more modern design.

I'm a bit worried about robustness, though. FEDs have really spoiled me in that regard.
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Old 09-09-2012   #183
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The one I WANT is buried in Tom A.'s post -- The R2S. A modern camera for the Nikon lenses.... very appealing. Next i'd take the R4A for my 21, 28 and desired 25. When I came back to photography 4 years ago my first rangefinder was the R2. I really liked it. Eventually the collection grew and the R2 went in one of my regular "sweeps"-- I come at the closet every three months like a team of INS agents in a ghetto tenement.
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Old 09-19-2012   #184
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I would like an updated model Bessa R. I have a bunch of old screwmount lenses, and can't afford M ones. If you are going to be a Luddite, at least you should do it properly, so it should be revised with better and more traditional materials. My old Bessa R works great, but is awfully plasticy beside something like, for example, a Contax IIIa.

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Old 10-30-2012   #185
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I am thinking of purchasing a R2M...
after hours of research and "meditation" in order to take the Bessa decision I'll go for the puristic approach... (guiding meter instead of computer driven shutter)

I have run out of batteries many times while hiking (cold weather) and with R2M is possible to take pictures by using sunny-16* or even an exposure chart...

I suppose that the frame-lines 35/50/75/90 cover my needs in lenses.
...and it is easier to go wider with a viewfinder, as focusing is not that an issue in wide angles...

Thank you for reading my thoughts...
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Old 11-01-2012   #186
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Bessa 'L' with 25MM Snapshot. It really made me like Film photography because of the simplicity of it
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I have an M3 with a 21mm and 50mm lens. Which CV Bessa should I get to go with the M3 body? R4m for the 21? R3M for the 50? Bessa L? etc. Advise requested.
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Old 11-07-2012   #188
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I am thinking of purchasing a R2M...
after hours of research and "meditation" in order to take the Bessa decision I'll go for the puristic approach... (guiding meter instead of computer driven shutter)

I have run out of batteries many times while hiking (cold weather) and with R2M is possible to take pictures by using sunny-16* or even an exposure chart...

I suppose that the frame-lines 35/50/75/90 cover my needs in lenses.
...and it is easier to go wider with a viewfinder, as focusing is not that an issue in wide angles...

Thank you for reading my thoughts...
Then why not the R3M? That one gives you a 1:1viewfinder and the difference between the 35 and 40 framelines is neglible, imo.

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I have an M3 with a 21mm and 50mm lens. Which CV Bessa should I get to go with the M3 body? R4m for the 21? R3M for the 50? Bessa L? etc. Advise requested.
R4M for 21. Your M3 is fine for 50mm.
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Old 12-28-2012   #190
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Does someone have a picture of framelines for 50mm on the Bessa R?
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Old 12-28-2012   #191
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I have a R4A, with my(now) almost perfect collection of skopar lenses. 21 35 an 50! I voted for the R4m though. I use my bessa in manual mode all the time, and i'd like to have the more precise meter readout.
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Really like the framelines for 85 & 35mm in the R2S, they are my two favorite focal lengths.
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Old 01-30-2013   #193
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Bessa R2C as back up for my Contax II and Bessa R as back up to my Tower Type 3.
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Old 03-06-2013   #194
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Very happy with my R but I want M mount and better construction. The top plate is becoming "grey" and and the back is scratched. But I really want M mount, so I will look for a R2 (maybe the olive)
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Had an R2a because it covered the 35/50 range with room to go a little longer if needed. At the time I thought I had to have AE because I was coming from matrix-metering SLRs and felt insecure in my ability to operate the camera quickly enough to keep up with my rug rats.

After owning a few meterless bodies (Rolleiflex, M4, Exacta), I no longer feel a need for AE, and think I could do very well with an R2M, especially for what seems to me as the best meter read-out pf all the metered M bodies.

Problem is, I like chrome, and the chrome R2M is very hard to come by!
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Old 04-24-2013   #196
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Hey everyone, I have a quick question. I have a Bessa-R and the only thing I'm not fanatic about is the lightweight/plastic feel to it. That's just me, I like a solid, heavy object - whatever it may be. Do the latera cameras (R2M/R2A, R3M/R3A, R4M) have the same plasticky build quality? Or is there a metallic, heavy feel to it? I'm not fortunate to get my hands on either of those models.
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Not light

I weighed my new to me R3A with 40 1.4 on a kitchen scale - 1 lb 8 oz.
My Nikon FE2 with 50 1.8 Series E weighs 1 lb 10 oz.

The R3A feels heavy and substantial.
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Old 04-27-2013   #198
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But the Bessa R remains one hell of a good camera. I wasn't fond of the plastic feel, but it never failed to work and its meter was the best of any camera I've ever owned, and I've been around for awhile.
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But the Bessa R remains one hell of a good camera. I wasn't fond of the plastic feel, but it never failed to work and its meter was the best of any camera I've ever owned, and I've been around for awhile.
I've got a Bessa R and I absolutely love it. I knew of the plastic, lightweight feel before I bought it and had doubts about it, but I've grown to love it. It's much more sturdy than I thought it would be. Its lightweight nature is an advantage sometimes too, in my view.

The only thing that frustrates me about my Bessa R is the positioning of the strap lugs. But I can live with that.
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Most basic affordable setup for me to start film and learning RF

I vote Bessa-R because it use LTM mount (most of my lens are LTM_


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