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Old 08-06-2012   #361
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This just arrived today



I originally bought the Biogon to use on my Sony Nex but found it too long (52.5mm equivalent) & the Bessa seemed a sensible option to use it on 35mm.
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Old 08-06-2012   #362
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This just arrived today

I originally bought the Biogon to use on my Sony Nex but found it too long (52.5mm equivalent) & the Bessa seemed a sensible option to use it on 35mm.
Beautiful kit
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Old 08-16-2012   #363
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The main annoying characeristic of a Bessa camera is the shutter sound level. It alerts everyone in the neighborhood (so to speak) that I have taken a photo. I am today using a Canon 19mm on a Bessa L. The built-in meter is very useful.
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The main annoying characeristic of a Bessa camera is the shutter sound level. It alerts everyone in the neighborhood (so to speak) that I have taken a photo. I am today using a Canon 19mm on a Bessa L. The built-in meter is very useful.
Agreed. The metal shutter is too loud. I just bought a Zorki 4k for $30 and the shutter is much nicer haha!
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I finally caved & splashed out for the Zeiss hood. Very expensive for a little bit of metal, however nicely made it is...

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The new Voigtlander Ultron 21mm f1.8 Aspherical. It is on my Bessa R4M which starts looking a bit worn - which is no wonder as it is always along. The lens is brand new - got it in Japan a couple of weeks ago and it will be on the market in the next couple of month. Really a good lens, not small - but it is a f1.8 21mm wide-angle!!!!! And at about 1/5th of it's only competition, the Summilux 21f1.4. The Ultron has less vignetting, less flare and I cant see any significant difference in sharpness either, but I will do some more testing with stuff like Technical pan later this month.
For samples check Flickr site "Voigtlander Ultron 21mm f1.8 Aspherical". I will be loading more as the days go by - including color (Ektar 100).
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I'm sorry to report the Bessa R will not fire flashbulbs due to the 200 ohm resistance in the flash circuit.
It restricts the amperage required to fire the No.3 bulbs.
Personally I thought this would be a hilarious night street kit with Efke KB-25 using a GN of 220.

So Tom, how do you rate and soup your Tech Pan ?
I've got a boat load of it but no solid info on exposure and process for continuous tone negs.
My thoughts are ISO 32, HC110-H, 6min @ 68ºf.
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George, I tend to do my Techpan in Rodinal, 1:200, stand development for 120 minutes (just long enough to watch a movie on the TV). usually, I do a gentle tap and shake at 60 minutes to get rid of some edge flare from my Paterson reels. If I am doing more precise stuff, I mix Delagi D8. Speed is around 20-25 iso - and forget shooting on a bright,sunny day as highlights gets fried.
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I miss her sometimes. 1/2000 speed and bright viewfinder.


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Old 11-04-2012   #373
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Love the AE. No need to worry about the shutter speed and just go with the composition.

Now, looking for old damaged tripod base to be used to attach strap so I can carry it vertically.
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The new Voigtlander Ultron 21mm f1.8 Aspherical. It is on my Bessa R4M which starts looking a bit worn - which is no wonder as it is always along. The lens is brand new - got it in Japan a couple of weeks ago and it will be on the market in the next couple of month. Really a good lens, not small - but it is a f1.8 21mm wide-angle!!!!! And at about 1/5th of it's only competition, the Summilux 21f1.4. The Ultron has less vignetting, less flare and I cant see any significant difference in sharpness either, but I will do some more testing with stuff like Technical pan later this month.
For samples check Flickr site "Voigtlander Ultron 21mm f1.8 Aspherical". I will be loading more as the days go by - including color (Ektar 100).
extremely jealous! But why the need for the external VF?
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I finally caved & splashed out for the Zeiss hood. Very expensive for a little bit of metal, however nicely made it is...

I bought the voigtlander 35 f/1.4 hood for my zeiss when I had it. I think they're cheaper and they're exactly the same.

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I bought the voigtlander 35 f/1.4 hood for my zeiss when I had it. I think they're cheaper and they're exactly the same.

Except that it says Voigtlander on the top :P
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Well its time to improve my participation here, I let you the only bessa that I have the opportunity to use for a couple of months. I love this camera, its simple, light and just beautiful. Didn´t buy one because I was looking for a stronger body, and for that I had go to Zeiss Ikon (that is kind of the same thing, but a little better). Maybe some day I could buy one for a second body.


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Bessa's flanking the M8. Actually, I like the ergonomics of the Bessa's more. who knows what the future holds!!!
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Just got my sexy new Gordy strap in the mail. Hot damn...

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21/4 came in today....ain't she purty?


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Are these worth buying new? Considering an R4a or a used M3 and getting a voightlander lens, probably the 35 1.4.
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Are these worth buying new? Considering an R4a or a used M3 and getting a voightlander lens, probably the 35 1.4.
R4a are hard to find used, but if everything checked out then Used is fine. R3A and M3's are very different so choose wisely.
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R4a are hard to find used, but if everything checked out then Used is fine. R3A and M3's are very different so choose wisely.
Is one better than the other? Other than "One is a Leica, therefore it's inherently better"?
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From last weekend's abandonment adventure.



Making the Voigtlanders kiss... with my minty Vito II (scale focus, albiet). I used the CV15 in Paris for a week without the fragile-looking viewfinder. It was a wonder to zone shoot.
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It might be the ultimate in Bessa porn. A 1/2 frame Bessa R4M. Cosina made a couple of prototypes and I got one of them. It is a R4M with a frame set up oriented vertically, same 21 through to 50mm focal length as the regular Bessa R4M. Film gate is 18x24mm and the film counter goes to 72 frames.
Most likely not a production item as the market would be small.
With modern fine grain film image quality is not a problem and the vertical orientation of the finder makes it great for people shots. I have tried it with a variety of lenses, including Nokton 50mm f1.1 and Leica Summilux 50f1.4 Asph - but I use it mostly with the 28mm, either the Color Skopar 28mm f3.5 or the Ultron 28mm f2.0. Somehow the 28 seems to work well in this format - at least for me.
Ok, I know that the ocular is dusty - forgot to wipe it clean!
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It might be the ultimate in Bessa porn. A 1/2 frame Bessa R4M. Cosina made a couple of prototypes and I got one of them. It is a R4M with a frame set up oriented vertically, same 21 through to 50mm focal length as the regular Bessa R4M. Film gate is 18x24mm and the film counter goes to 72 frames. Most likely not a production item as the market would be small. With modern fine grain film image quality is not a problem and the vertical orientation of the finder makes it great for people shots. I have tried it with a variety of lenses, including Nokton 50mm f1.1 and Leica Summilux 50f1.4 Asph - but I use it mostly with the 28mm, either the Color Skopar 28mm f3.5 or the Ultron 28mm f2.0. Somehow the 28 seems to work well in this format - at least for me. Ok, I know that the ocular is dusty - forgot to wipe it clean!
Sweet! Wouldn't mind shooting one of those.
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what a great thread this is, GAS attack imminent
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It might be the ultimate in Bessa porn. A 1/2 frame Bessa R4M. Cosina made a couple of prototypes and I got one of them. It is a R4M with a frame set up oriented vertically, same 21 through to 50mm focal length as the regular Bessa R4M. Film gate is 18x24mm and the film counter goes to 72 frames.
Most likely not a production item as the market would be small.
With modern fine grain film image quality is not a problem and the vertical orientation of the finder makes it great for people shots. I have tried it with a variety of lenses, including Nokton 50mm f1.1 and Leica Summilux 50f1.4 Asph - but I use it mostly with the 28mm, either the Color Skopar 28mm f3.5 or the Ultron 28mm f2.0. Somehow the 28 seems to work well in this format - at least for me.
Ok, I know that the ocular is dusty - forgot to wipe it clean!
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Glad I saw this post here. I follow you on Flickr and was thoroughly confused by the shutter counter when I saw this on Flickr. Makes sense now that I know the background.
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Here is my new to me camera and lens. It is a Bessa L and a snapshot 25/4. Today I have to go out and shoot a roll and develop tonight. So excited.
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It might be the ultimate in Bessa porn. A 1/2 frame Bessa R4M. Cosina made a couple of prototypes and I got one of them. It is a R4M with a frame set up oriented vertically, same 21 through to 50mm focal length as the regular Bessa R4M. Film gate is 18x24mm and the film counter goes to 72 frames. Most likely not a production item as the market would be small. With modern fine grain film image quality is not a problem and the vertical orientation of the finder makes it great for people shots. I have tried it with a variety of lenses, including Nokton 50mm f1.1 and Leica Summilux 50f1.4 Asph - but I use it mostly with the 28mm, either the Color Skopar 28mm f3.5 or the Ultron 28mm f2.0. Somehow the 28 seems to work well in this format - at least for me. Ok, I know that the ocular is dusty - forgot to wipe it clean!
Very cool! Really interesting for the novelty of it! It's almost like micro 4/3'rds in digital.

Do you like using the 50mm? I would image the frame lines to be very small inside that 21mm viewfinder. I liked the R4M for wide angle lenses. I never tried a 50 mm lens on it but maybe it's nice to have all that space to compose.
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Right! That just does it. I'm now craving a Bessa again. Having had to sadly part ways with 2 over the last ten years I can stand it no more.
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I have been away from RFF for a couple of years, but the recent purchase of a Bessa R3M has brought me back. In the spirit of the new purchase and to give this thread a needed bump, here are two low-key shots of the R3M

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