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Bessa-L 35mm Rangefinder Camera


Voigtlander

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6 Reviews  

Average Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Nick Tilley

member since: 7/20/2005
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Rating: 2 out of 5
Classic 1950's viewfinder with supplementary rangefinder
7/20/2005 2:01:20 PM
 
Kenny  Allyn

member since: 2/16/2005
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Rating: 4 out of 5
A real retro adventure!
2/28/2005 4:00:50 PM
 
David Coombes

member since: 7/23/2004
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5
It is what it is. A basic manual body with no built in viewfinder of rangefinder which isn't a problem with the 15mm lens. Its nice to have total control in a fairly small camera and the 15mm lens leads to interesting compostion challenges. One thing I have noticed twice now is that its possible to move the film speed dial inadvertently... which obviously throws off the meter reading.
12/9/2004 10:23:11 PM
 
David Coombes

member since: 7/23/2004
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Its a basic manual camera with a light meter but no range finder. It works just fine. I use mine with a 15mm lens. I'd have to say this is a fun combo but its pretty hard to get nice compositions with that much field of view. So its fun, but was it a smart purchase... probably not.
12/4/2004 4:57:24 PM
 
Dan Jones

member since: 11/1/2004
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Rating: 4 out of 5
A great camera for wide angle work. Since there is no rangefinder (all focus by eye) and incredible depth of field with the Skopar 25mm, it's almost a point and shoot...and it uses all my Leica screw mount lenses. And best of all it has thru-the-lens metering.
11/1/2004 2:58:04 PM
 
doug Nelson
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member since: 6/14/2001
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Rating: 3 out of 5
This camera has no rangefinder or viewfinder. For each lens you must mount an external viewfinder on top in the accessory shoe. This works fine for superwide lenses, such as Voigtlander's acclaimed 12, 15, and 21's. You use hyperfocal focusing anyway, and so do not need a rangefinder. The light meter is outside the camera, on the back. When the light is behind you, it can be difficult to see the LED's.
The rewind mechanism seems quite chintzy and plastic. The battery compartment is not well-sealed, a condition I had trouble with in a Canon T-60, a body made by the SAME company. Moisture gets into the battery and shorts it out.
8/19/2002 9:02:23 AM
 

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