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NIB Bessa-L Silver Body on Amazon $90USD
Old 03-27-2019   #1
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NIB Bessa-L Silver Body on Amazon $90USD

New in factory packaged box from PhotoVillage on Amazon.com. Sold as-is because, quote, discontinued item.
Site says five units in stock as of today.

http://Voigtlander Bessa-L Body Silv..._g.-MCb5E1GAQK

That is a great deal considering they are typically $90-110 used on eBay.


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Old 03-27-2019   #2
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Awesome little shooter for CV wides!

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Old 03-27-2019   #3
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just grabbed one. hope it's the real deal. thanks maigo!
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They still (seem) to have them for sale directly on their website:


https://photovillage.com/product.php?productid=2914


[not sure if the site keeps accurate stock levels - I notice other products are "Out of stock"]
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Successful order just a moment ago. $79 plus shipping.
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they're probably wondering why there's such a sudden influx of orders, lol.
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NIB Bessa-L Silver Body on Amazon $90USD
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NIB Bessa-L Silver Body on Amazon $90USD

Glad to help. Hope everyone receives their order.
I already have a black body for my 15/4.5 and 25/4 so I did not order.

It is just as well there is no warranty as my experience a few months ago with Photo Village Bessa R4M warranty services left such a bad taste in my mouth that I didn’t even bother sending it in.
Photo Village took three weeks, several phone calls, a web service request form unanswered, several unanswered emails (including to the owner) and three times sending my receipt to get an authorization to return for repair.
They do not track any service requests in a database, do not issue RMA tracking number and they expect me to trust them as a go-between to send the camera to Cosina in Japan.
No way. Recipe for disaster.
I decided to just live with my failed frame counter reset button.


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Anyone wants mine that is coming, they can have it for what I paid for it. Did this to keep this killer deal in the RFF family.


(local pick up in Los Angeles would be best so no extra shipping cost)
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So... Interesting. PhotoVillage got approval for my credit card payment, then reversed it around midnight, and wrote me saying, "Why don't you pay with PayPal as money to friends/family."

So, I called and got Rosie on the phone; combination of fast talk, accent, I could not understand her at all. Got her to say she would "try to card again."
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So... Interesting. PhotoVillage got approval for my credit card payment, then reversed it around midnight, and wrote me saying, "Why don't you pay with PayPal as money to friends/family."

So, I called and got Rosie on the phone; combination of fast talk, accent, I could not understand her at all. Got her to say she would "try to card again."
Really weird and shady.
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Anyone wants mine that is coming, they can have it for what I paid for it. Did this to keep this killer deal in the RFF family.


(local pick up in Los Angeles would be best so no extra shipping cost)

I would gladly pay international shipping if you'd be fine to post to Europe...
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I would gladly pay international shipping if you'd be fine to post to Europe...
What country? I can look up the cost if there are no local takers.
Still have to wait for it to show up...
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So... Interesting. PhotoVillage got approval for my credit card payment, then reversed it around midnight, and wrote me saying, "Why don't you pay with PayPal as money to friends/family."

So, I called and got Rosie on the phone; combination of fast talk, accent, I could not understand her at all. Got her to say she would "try to card again."
this is indeed quite shady.
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Further update: Rosie insists on PayPal, "friends and family."

So I added $3 for PayPal fee and sent as "for merchandise" referencing the order. Rosie now confirms payment received and promises to ship. We will see in a couple of days.
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That sounds so sketchy, hopefully it works out and you get what is expected.
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Photovillage was *is a legit store in NYC.
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fwiw, I received my camera yesterday as described (I had originally paid through paypal and didn't run into any payment issues).

Hopefully everyone who ordered gets theirs soon!
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Cool!
Waiting for mine. No notifications of payment, shipping. I'm glad I used PayPal...
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expected delivery on tuesday. glad to hear the order was fulfilled.
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Mine was supposed to be delivered yesterday but nobody was available to sign for it. Should have it Monday.

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So... Interesting. PhotoVillage got approval for my credit card payment, then reversed it around midnight, and wrote me saying, "Why don't you pay with PayPal as money to friends/family."

So, I called and got Rosie on the phone; combination of fast talk, accent, I could not understand her at all. Got her to say she would "try to card again."
While this may work out reading the replies after this, this is a HUGE red flag, especially for a store. Good Luck
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So... Interesting. PhotoVillage got approval for my credit card payment, then reversed it around midnight, and wrote me saying, "Why don't you pay with PayPal as money to friends/family."

So, I called and got Rosie on the phone; combination of fast talk, accent, I could not understand her at all. Got her to say she would "try to card again."
Somewhat bizarre, but the Bessa L is in hand, exactly as advertised.

Bizarre:
- Quoted material above.
- Photo Village insisted again card could not be charged. Bank contradicts.
- They asked for "Friends and family" money from PayPal. [ Red Flag? ]
- I won't do that. Instead I added $3 and paid via PayPal "for Merchandise."
- Rosie confirmed payment and shipped promptly.

My take: They are a real dealer in expensive cameras. They need to take security precautions, a little weird for an $80 item, but let's overlook that. They did perform and delivered as promised.

This is not the only dealer of expensive items who behaves in off-putting ways. If you want superb bend-over-backwards customer service, shop elsewhere. But, sometimes it's these smaller shops that have the goods.

So, I give them a clear bill of health. But, do note there are comments about repairs, here and in Yelp.
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Like I said it’s a legitimate store. My take is that if you are paying by PayPal on a camera they are almost giving away... they just do not want the extra $3 taken out of their cut. Same for a credit card.
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Bessa L is cool. Here we are with a 35 lens (Komura f/3.5) and accessory finder (Metro Case 3D printed box for finder from a Canon OWL):

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I received my 2 new in box Bessa-L bodies. No issues.

If anyone would like to purchase one or both, send me a PM. Passing the same deal onto to RFF members. ($89+shipping)
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I received my 2 new in box Bessa-L bodies. No issues.

If anyone would like to purchase one or both, send me a PM. Passing the same deal onto to RFF members. ($89+shipping)
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Now, where are those $99 Bessa T’s?
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PM replied. Still have both available for anyone interested.
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Still waiting for mine

edit - just showed up! very cool little camera and a steal new for $90.

Did anyone else get the complimentary Voigtlander pen thrown in? Interesting to see that it is made in Switzerland!
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I'm not saying these are old stock cameras, but the batteries that came with mine expired in September. September 2001.
(And they still work - that's Sony for you!)
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New in factory packaged box from PhotoVillage on Amazon.com. Sold as-is because, quote, discontinued item.
Site says five units in stock as of today.

Hey, my 'as is because discontiued item' may have issues..

Anyone else use their's yet? First thing that happened is the shutter stuck on the first shot (dry firing) attempt. It has been cocked already (for all these years?..) and acted like it was making a time exposure. Of course it wasn't as it doesnt do that. It then freed up by itself, and seems fine now as I cannot replicate. Guess years of not being used..

But here is a potentially more serious issue. I had to load/reload the film three times because the first two times after I shot a couple of snaps I could feel the film slipping and then grabbing as I wound the lever. Like there is a film transport issue. Anyone else experience any anomalies with these 'new' cameras?
Maybe this is why they are selling them 'As is'?

Hmm, will see how this plays out. "A bargain is only a bargain if it remains a bargain.."
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No problem here. Looks untouched. Shutter was un-cocked and works just fine. Little slip of paper over the pressure plate. Batteries exp 2005; I discarded them. Haven't loaded film.
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No problem here. Looks untouched. Shutter was un-cocked and works just fine. Little slip of paper over the pressure plate. Batteries exp 2005; I discarded them. Haven't loaded film.
Mine did not have the paper. Batteries expired 2001.
The paper part is interesting, because normally new cameras are shipped with that.
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Hmm, seems ok now. Taken 8 shots with the third loading attempt and everything is smooth and advancing nicely. I wonder if I had issues because the film in it expired in 200-something, and so it is not as flexible as it might be..

This is a neat camera, I have it paired with the CV 25 Snapshot Skopar and CV 25mm finder.
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Still waiting for mine

edit - just showed up! very cool little camera and a steal new for $90.

Did anyone else get the complimentary Voigtlander pen thrown in? Interesting to see that it is made in Switzerland!
they are a bargain at 90 bux. i just have too many rangefinder cameras, so i'm parting ways.

i received a complimentary voigtlander lens cloth.
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I haven't used my Bessa L or T for years now. They may need new batteries!
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