You are viewing a used Voigtlander Bessa-R 35mm Rangefinder Camera with a Leica M39 mount. This camera has been well used, the body shows signs of heavy use but no abuse or damage. The meter and shutter work perfectly, as does the film advance and self-timer. The Bessa R, introduced in 2000, is a rangefinder camera with a projected frame finder and a Leica M39 screw mount. Although considerably cheaper than any working Leica M series camera, it’s viewfinder is comparable in function and feel. It features manually selectable frames for 35mm/90mm, 50mm, and 75mm lenses. The body, made of polycarbonates, is not comparable to that of a Leica but is durable and doesn’t dent like metal bodies do. All in all it’s an inexpensive, all-manual rangefinder with TTL metering at a significantly lower price than a comparably equipped Leica. If you have been longing to try rangefinder photography, this is a great way to reduce the admission price.
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Camera Type: Modern 35mm rangefinder camera system with interchangeable lenses.
Viewfinder: Coupled rangefinder with adjustable frame lines and automatic parallax correction.
Lens Mount: 39mm L-screw mount
Shutter: Mechanically controlled, vertically traveling metal focal-plane shutter with speeds of 1 second to 1/2000 second, plus Bulb. A second shutter is used to ensure there is no light leakage.
Exposure meter: TTL (through the lens) system that employs a silicon cell, which reads light reflected from the 18%-gray colored shutter curtain. Center-weighted averaging meter is linked to three LEDs inside viewfinder.
ISO Range: ISO 25-3200 by 1/3 steps
Film Advance: Single-stroke non-ratcheted lever with 135-degree throw and 30-degree standoff.
Self Timer: Non-cancelable self timer with 10-second delay.
Flash Terminal: Hot shoe on top of camera for nonproprietary flash. Also, X-synchronization terminal on the side of the camera. Camera synchronizes with flash at 1/125 second or slower.
Dimensions: 5.3 x 3.1 x 1.3in/135.5 x 78.5 x 33.5mm