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kshapero
02-14-2007, 10:56
Lets find out what the breakdown in Bessa ownership.

Xmas
02-14-2007, 11:29
Modern is relative I think mine is '47, the othere are prewar.

Noel

ibcrewin
02-14-2007, 11:47
My order for a Bessa R from Cameraquest is going in tonight! Now I really can't wait!

arbib
02-14-2007, 12:35
The R2 is my first Modern Bessa. I am thinking about a Bessa L for my CV25. Great Street shooter / Candid camera. It has an external light meter readout. Perfect to get a reading/adjust camera, and then point to shoot! Too bad that feature was not carried over to the RF Bessa's.

rxmd
02-14-2007, 12:40
Got an R. I've also got a 1927 (or so) 6x9 Bessa folder, but I guess that doesn't count :)

nico
02-14-2007, 13:21
Bessa R with Nokton50 and L with Skopar21 are my companions. I'm happy with both of them.
Nico

einolu
02-14-2007, 14:29
the R might be the perfect modern rangefinder, i have been using one for almost 2 yeras. leica should have done something like this (a plastic 'economy' m). some time this summer i am planning to get a used leica or maybe that new r4m...

Silva Lining
02-14-2007, 14:34
I have an R3M and its great - I also have :

A Folding Bessa from 1929
Two Bessa RF's from 1936 and 1939
Two Bessa 66's from 1936 and 1937
A Folding Bessa from 1948/9 and a Bessa 1 from mid 50's....:D

The Bessa has a great lineage!

rover
02-14-2007, 15:50
I have a T

In the past I had an R, 2 R2s one black one green, and an R3a

Ewoud
02-14-2007, 16:04
R3a! I really like the finder... Still waiting for my 40 1.4 to arrive.. I'm using a loan 35 1.2 for now...

Vagabond
02-14-2007, 16:10
R2a and an R-D1. Well, it says Epson but sure looks a lot like the R2a!!!

Ewoud
02-14-2007, 16:12
R2a and an R-D1. Well, it says Epson but sure looks a lot like the R2a!!!

Maybe cause the body is made by Cosina :p:cool:

gb hill
02-14-2007, 16:22
Bessa L with 25/4 snapshot skopar. Great camera. Thinking about the 15/4, Looks like fun.

Bryan Lee
02-14-2007, 16:30
I have 2 R2 camera bodies and Im looking at getting a R2M to try out. The R2 cameras are great and thats how I migrated from SLRs to rangefinders, no need to explain why I did that.

robin a
02-14-2007, 16:36
Hi,a silver Bessa R and I love it,has all I want in a RF camera..........Robin

kshapero
02-14-2007, 16:42
My R3M is the truly affordable Leica MP. All manual, makes me think and that 1:1 magnification lets me shoot with both eyes open. Using mainly my 50mm these days. RF Heaven.

Pablito
02-14-2007, 18:25
be intersting to see which Bessa or CV lens is the "most often sold." I see so many of the 15mm lenses for sale, seems like folks get 'em, try 'em and sell 'em.

fishtek
02-14-2007, 18:48
I bought an "R", and think it's great. "M"-mount lenses are pricey, so I'm quite happy. I'm saving for a 21/4, (already have the 35/2.5, a 50/1.8, and the 75/2.5) then this kit will be complete. Some have said that the "R" seems a bit less solid than other models, but I haven't noticed any lack of quality.

Regards!
Don

pvdhaar
02-14-2007, 22:23
For me, it's only one Bessa, the T-model


I like the Bessa-T more
than the Leica M4,
It'd be a close call,
if the T weren't that small,
and the M hadn't kilos galore..

kalokeri
02-15-2007, 00:55
A beautiful black R2M with 2.0/50-Heliar accompanies my Leica since August 2006. Camera and lens are great, no problems so far. I enjoy every moment with these two.

Thomas

iņaki
02-15-2007, 06:05
I have a Bessa R, wonderful camera for the money, but I would prefer the Bessa R2 or R2M.

John Robertson
02-15-2007, 06:16
Green Bessa R2 and Silver T, Would like a silver Zeiss Ikon, but pension won't go that far!!! Ah well there's always the lottery!!
Use the Bessa T with a Visoflex 111, for close ups with bellows and tele shots with a cheap mint Telyt 280, I picked up.

bmicklea
02-15-2007, 06:24
Wow, a lot more Ls than I would have expected - wonder how many will sell them off to get an R4?

kshapero
02-15-2007, 15:26
I am surprised at how few M's there are.

wlewisiii
02-15-2007, 16:35
My Bessa R & Canon LTM lenses are a wonderful combination.

William

mich8261
02-16-2007, 08:15
question. How much quieter is the R3M (than the R3A)? Since enrolling in my photo class, I find myself shooting in manual mode. I also received a beautiful Sekonic light meter for Christmas from my wife, so I want to rely less on camera meter and more on my eyes (and the meter). And finally, the full manual option is very attractive after having had to remove the grip and batteries in this freezing weather just so I could warm the batteries in my pocket!

Doug
02-16-2007, 21:50
I haven't much use for my L, but even that minimal use is probably worth more to me than its small sale value. The T is its logical successor IMHO...

peter_n
02-17-2007, 15:18
I think my L is a pretty amazing camera for $69. I use mine with the CV15mm.

Doug
02-17-2007, 15:54
I agree, Peter... Mine was $100 at B&H added to the cost of the 25mm Skopar and 15mm Heliar that were my original purchase intentions. At that price, the choice was automatic. :) I've dedicated my L to the 15mm also, which I don't use often.

brachal
02-18-2007, 11:46
2 R's. One is the backup for whenever the first one dies. If you really love something, buy two of them!

Favorite lenses are: Jupiter-3, Jupiter-8, CV 35 f2.5, CV 28 f3.5. Have also gotten great shots with the Jupiter-9 and Jupiter-11, but I don't use them nearly as much.

kshapero
02-18-2007, 12:00
2 R's. One is the backup for whenever the first one dies. If you really love something, buy two of them!

Favorite lenses are: Jupiter-3, Jupiter-8, CV 35 f2.5, CV 28 f3.5. Have also gotten great shots with the Jupiter-9 and Jupiter-11, but I don't use them nearly as much.


Hate to sound stupid but what are Jupiter lenses?:confused:

rxmd
02-18-2007, 13:14
Hate to sound stupid but what are Jupiter lenses?:confused:
Quite excellent Russian copies of Zeiss lenses in M39 mount. Most common are the three Sonnar clones Jupiter-3 (50/f1.5), Jupiter-8 (50/f2) and Jupiter-9 (85/f2); the longish Jupiter-11 (135/f4); and the wideangle Jupiter-12 (35/f2.8) which isn't really compatible with the Bessas. They are by far the best bang for the buck in M39.

Philipp

rover
02-18-2007, 13:15
Jupiters are lenses made in the former Soviet Union. Most (or all) derive from Zeiss designs seized by the USSR as war reparations after WWII. Jupiter 3 is a 50/1.5 Sonnar, Jupiter 8 is a 2.0 Sonnar, Jupiter 12 is a 35/2.8 Biogon, Jupiter 9 is an 85/2 Sonnar and Jupiter 11 a 135/4 Sonnar. There are other Jupiters in other mounts, but these are the basic RF Jupiters.

mike goldberg
02-18-2007, 13:23
Hey guys, I just posted the Thread...
Bessa T Impressions II.

The T and the CV 25/4 Skopar are very new.
Ciao, mike

eia41
02-18-2007, 14:10
I am a Leica M user and was longing for a RF with aperture priority facility. The M7 would be the obvious but expensive quality choice. I decided to try the lower cost alternative of a black R2a. This I use with a 35mm Summicron and I am astounded by the results! I find the metering very acurate for my needs (colour negatives) the wind-on positive and smooth, the shutter barely louder than expected, and the viwfinder clear, bright and uncluttered. The 35mm Summicron fits the body and balances with with it perfectly, and is hardly noticeable in the VF even with the hood on. As said above, pictorial quality is outstanding; but then, isn't this what one should expect from a 4th type 35mm Summicron lens?

eia41

kshapero
02-18-2007, 14:57
I also was amazed at the abilities of the lowly Bessa.

brachal
02-19-2007, 08:51
Quite excellent Russian copies of Zeiss lenses in M39 mount. Most common are the three Sonnar clones Jupiter-3 (50/f1.5), Jupiter-8 (50/f2) and Jupiter-9 (85/f2); the longish Jupiter-11 (135/f4); and the wideangle Jupiter-12 (35/f2.8) which isn't really compatible with the Bessas. They are by far the best bang for the buck in M39.

Philipp

These Russian lenses really are an amazing value. For around $400 I got 3 50's (Jupiter-3, Jupiter-8, Industar-61LD with a fully functional Fed-5 attached), an 85 (Jupiter-9), and 135 (Jupiter-11) -- and most people would say I paid too much!

Nokton48
02-19-2007, 09:05
I started with a black L, then added a black R. Liked them well enough, I decided to buy one more of each, in case I ever have a problem, which I haven't. Just recently added a black T.

My wife is strictly a point-n-shoot snapper, and she loves her L!

pesphoto
02-19-2007, 09:13
I have a Black R with 35mm

charjohncarter
02-19-2007, 12:18
My R has made life easy. It even helps with my IIIf, I use it as a meter for it.

amoz
02-21-2007, 01:32
I have an R2A (with the tiny 35/2.5) and it's a great camera. The poor man's M7!

GeneW
02-22-2007, 09:13
I was unable to click on the box for Bessaflex :)

Gene

ElrodCod
02-27-2007, 06:38
I have a black R2 w/ 35mm Color Skopar lens. Got a new old stock olive R2 on the way. Probably put a 75 on that one.

julianphotoart
02-27-2007, 09:47
First, got an R2C because I had a questionable Contax IIa with 25, 50 and 85 lenses and wanted something more reliable.

Second, got an R3M because I really, really wanted something good to go with the VC 40 f/1.4. The R3M arrived, of course, with the 50 f/2 Heliar Classic which was an incredible bonus. As a result-- forget the 40; the 50 is too good.

In the meantime, also got the Topcon-style Bessaflex M42 SLR with the 50 f/1.4. That's a whole other topic. All of these cameras came from CameraQuest.

jmilkins
03-22-2007, 18:36
ok so I voted for an L which is what brought me to RF. It came with a CV 15mm and it was the lens that I had GAS for., and will not sell. I love the simplicity of the L and the ability to see the meter from above the camera. I added Cosina branded early 25/4 not long after and mostly use the L with colour transparency film.

...and then came serious GAS thanks to this place : hex 50/2 lens ..wait months for the R3a while agonising over whether to buy an R2, added a Minolta Cle 40, cle 90, couple of jupiters and a gorgeous cv 75. Just recently a komura 28/3.5.

I got into Rfs for simplicy and GAS has tainted that.... probably time to work up the courage for a purge. 2 bodies 3 focal lengths really should suffice- the rest is clutter, but I can't work out which to drop - sound familar?.:rolleyes: