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Manual for a Bessa 66 (46)
Old 02-18-2017   #1
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Manual for a Bessa 66 (46)


I decided after years of negelect to use my Bessa 66 again......alas I can't load ist properly as there is a mechanism preventing double exposures .....perhaps one of you has a Bessa 66 or 46 (1938-1940 and 1945-1950) and can "walk" me through?
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You could try the BUTKUS site -- he may or may not have information on this model

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On the 46's I've had, there is a counter advance button near the counter window. And with the back open, one of the silver rollers on each side of the film gate is what drives the counter. You can open the back and rotate the roller. Try rotating the roller in the direction it would move with film in. See if it moves the counter and/or releaes the shutter lock.

I don't remember the exact details, but once you get a handle on the order to push the button and the shutter release it should make sense. As I remember, set the counter to 0, load film and wind until 1 is in the window, then slide the button to get the counter to move to 1, then the camera takes care of the rest.
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I'll give it another try!

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You might have a look at the text written underneath this Flick image. The author explains there how to operate the double exposure prevention :

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/30999546760/

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Hello Spider: I found a fine working Bessa 66 at a flea market many years ago. I couldn't find a manual for it online and finally found out how to work it by lengthy trial and error. Amother forum member had the same trouble long ago, so I typed out a personal set of complete instructions and forwarded it to him. (No manual on Mike Butkus' site.)
The instructions are still on my hard drive -- so if you like, send me a PM and I'll reply with the instructions attached as a PDF.
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