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Old 04-18-2012   #281
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just got it last week bessa R with a 50mm 1.8 canon


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Here's my somewhat special Bessa R. I bought it used about 2 months ago and I've put around 60 rolls through it. I love this camera.



I'm a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and I recently was given the chance to participate in a Magnum event, along with around 50 of my classmates. I ended up spending two weeks working with Larry Towell (check his work out if you have not already), and at the end of the event last night I asked him if he would sign the bottom of my camera, which he graciously did for me. So my Bessa has an original signature that reads "to Andy with thanks . . . Rochester, NY 28/4/12 Larry Towell." Pretty sweet! Attached is the photo of the signed Bessa.

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My first modern rangefinder (bought 3.5 years ago, sold in a year )
with M-Hexanon 50/2.0, Luigi's basic half-case with bild-in-grip, Tom Abrahamsson's mini soft release and self-made wrist strap:

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My first modern rangefinder (bought 3.5 years ago, sold in a year )
with summicron 50/2.0, Luigi's basic half-case with bild-in-grip, Tom Abrahamsson's mini soft release and self-made wrist strap:
What do you use now? Why did you sell after a year?
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What do you use now? Why did you sell after a year?
Trade it for M6 under GAS attack . Understand now, that Bessa had everything I need... Great camera!
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Old 05-10-2012   #289
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Just got my sexy new Gordy strap in the mail. Hot damn...

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Damn you guys! Y'all made me run out and buy this beauty. Just loaded up a test roll of Kodak 400.


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Hi, new here.

Here's my Bessa T with J8 and helios finder, I need 50mm finder and more lenses .


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Damn you guys! Y'all made me run out and buy this beauty. Just loaded up a test roll of Kodak 400.


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Great combo Jared. I just did the same about two weeks ago with my R2. Haven't developed anything from the J8 yet.
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My R4M with Zeiss 21mm 2.8. The lens does come into the viewfinder somewhat but I don't mind it :-).
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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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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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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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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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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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