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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.

View Poll Results: Which one is for you?
L 39 4.13%
T 46 4.87%
R 127 13.44%
R2 71 7.51%
R2M (Jahre 250) 15 1.59%
R2M 52 5.50%
R2A 103 10.90%
R3M (Jahre 250) 40 4.23%
R3M 83 8.78%
R3A 152 16.08%
R4M 111 11.75%
R4A 106 11.22%
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Old 12-03-2014   #241
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My "old" R3A brought back to life and use thanks to the 12 mm lens and the trigger winder. It is a heavy package now and the R3A's big finder is very useful for speedy focusing.

That's a very nice set-up.
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Old 03-27-2015   #242
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I used to have the Bessa R. But that broke. I recently got the R2M 250 Jahre in trade for my X-E1 body and am real happy. Nice build, feels solid. Much more so than the Original R. Got a Nikkor 50mm f/2 LTM lens on it.

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Old 05-30-2015   #243
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R3M Jahre with VC50 f2 heliar, VC 25 f4, and Leitz 90 f4. I needed something light to travel with my 4x5 gear for those extra shots where the tripod and big camera do not fit well.
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Old 05-30-2015   #244
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R2m 250 jahre. It's the one I got.
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Old 07-14-2015   #245
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Currently, a L, two T's (1 grey/1 black), Bessa R, Bessa R2. Bessa R2M,Bessa R2A (green), Bessa R3M, Bessa R3A (green), Bessa R4M (two) and awaiting a Bessa III
My Bessa R is now getting on in age - looks beaten up, but never missed a beat. The only Bessa that ever gave me a problem was the Bessa R2 - the meter diodes started acting up a while ago - at the moment I use it as a meterless body (took the batteries out) - one day I will get around to fix it - but everything else works so it is not a big deal.
Obviously I like the Bessa's!
ooops, forgot my R2S - it was not in my camera cabinet, but in my shoulder bag with the Heliar 50f3.5 on it.
I just want to say that if anyone is into film and rangefinders they should not be embarrassed to own a Voigt (Leica owners take note), because if you look at Tom's stash and his reputation, this says it all. Bessa forever!!!
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Old 07-14-2015   #246
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I am very happy with my R2C.
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Old 07-16-2015   #247
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Had an R2A and sold it - just did not like the build quality. Loved the Bessa T - found it superb for street. Zone focus with a 28mm or wider, set the exposure using the road as a grey card without the need to ever raising the camera to your eye, and use an external finder for composing.
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Old 07-27-2015   #248
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I just pulled the trigger on a Bessa R2A, after seeing the note in Cameraquest that the model was discontinued. I'm looking for a metered, aperture-priority body and can't afford a ZI, let alone an M7. I had an R3A and still have a Bessa T, so I have a sense of the trade-offs. A new R2A, with a warranty, makes sense to me right now.
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I love them and wanted one as soon as I held one, but they're all kinda ugly
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I bought a R2 from ebay and Im waiting for it to arrive but reading this post made me wonder about the R3A/M. Fo the time being, I guess R2 for me
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Personally I don't get why anyone would choose a R2 over the R4 and R3. The R4 for me is the special one, since I had external viewfinders and there is simply no other RF camera that lets you mount the wide angles without framing issues or having to look through two separate windows for metering and framing. The R3 is special in its own right for the 1:1 viewfinder, but that is a feature that can be found elsewhere with some compromises. I have chosen the A models over the M. I know people feel differently about these things but for me AE + AE lock gets me the quickest best exposure results.
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Personally I don't get why anyone would choose a R2 over the R4 and R3. The R4 for me is the special one, since I had external viewfinders and there is simply no other RF camera that lets you mount the wide angles without framing issues or having to look through two separate windows for metering and framing. The R3 is special in its own right for the 1:1 viewfinder, but that is a feature that can be found elsewhere with some compromises. I have chosen the A models over the M. I know people feel differently about these things but for me AE + AE lock gets me the quickest best exposure results.
I think that's right - I mean about the uniqueness of the R4. So far I haven't felt the urge to get it because both of my wide lenses - the 15/4.5 Heliar and the 25/4 Snapshot Skopar are screw mount and lack ranger finder coupling. Scale focusing means that you look only through the auxiliary viewfinder. Works well. The only thing I don't like is having to change auxiliary finders when changing lenses.
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I have a R3A just awesome, i like it in every respect. I had a KHRF too loud and heavy an M7 too expensive and heavy and a ZI that feels too low quality.

The R3A is not expensive and for the price is perfect.

Id like to have a R4A but ive seen its prices going up like a rocket!
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I have a R3A just awesome, i like it in every respect. I had a KHRF too loud and heavy an M7 too expensive and heavy and a ZI that feels too low quality.

The R3A is not expensive and for the price is perfect.

Id like to have a R4A but ive seen its prices going up like a rocket!
Which brings us back to he question why Cosina doesn't keep the R4 in production? Obviously rising pieces suggests a substantial demand. When you think about they started with the original R model than replaced it with the R2 and then down the road this mushroomed into six different models produced simultaneously - way beyond what the market would bear. Why not go back to a single R production model?
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