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Voigtlander Bessa L Rangefinder in Near Mint Condition in Box with 15mm f4.5 Voigtlander Aspherical Super Wide-Heliar Lens & Viewfinder Professionally Tested

Comes with Box, Neckstrap, and Instruction Manual

Yasuhara was only the first of a new generation of Japanese made Leica Screw Mount Cameras. Cosina surprised the photo world by introducing the Voigtlander Bessa L in January 1999. Ironically the L is the first Voigtlander in Leica Screw Mount. For this long time Voigtlander fan, it is a welcomed surprise to see the venerable and honorable Voigtlander name once again on a new camera.

The Bessa L is a scale focus Leica Screw mount camera with TTL metering, best suited for 35mm and wider lenses. It is ideal for the Voigtlander 12/5.6, 15/4.5, 21/4, 25/4, 28/3.5, and 35/2.5 lenses. Scale focusing means you turn the distance scale on the lens barrel to match the distance of your subject. IF scale focusing is a new idea for you, it's actually fast and easy to get excellent results when shooting wides. Rollei sold over a million Rollei 35 cameras with scale focus 40/2.8 lenses. A viewfinder is not included with the camera. Cosina includes a viewfinder with the Voigtlander 12, 15, 21, and 25 lenses. For 28 and longer lenses, the viewfinder must be purchased separately.

The Bessa L was also initially produced for some markets as the "Cosina SW-107." The 107 was made in fewer numbers and discontinued as the Voigtlander version gained popularity world wide. By December 1999, the 35/1.7, 50/1.5 and 75/2.5 were added Voigtlander introduced the Bessa R, a Bessa L with built in Rangefinder / Viewfinder in January 2000. March 2001 saw the introduction of the Bessa T, Cosina's first Leica M mount camera. The Bessa R2, an updated Bessa R with metal body and Leica M mount, followed in February 2002. Outdone by its progeny, the Bessa L was officially discontinued 5/31/2003.

The Bessa L is a SCALE FOCUS CAMERA (not a rangefinder camera) -- it has NO built in viewfinder or rangefinder. The L is reminiscent of the classic finderless 1950's Screw mount Leicas, like the Ig. Super wides really don't need rangefinder focusing since their ample depth of field works great with old fashioned guestimate scale focusing. More importantly, it offers TTL metering. Bodies and lenses are available in black or chrome. With its small size, clean lines, and lack of a rangefinder, a fairly good argument can be made that the Bessa L amounts to an updated 1925 Leica A, or a modern TTL version of the Leica C, the camera which introduced the famous Leica Screw Mount.

Voigtlander Bessa L Specs:

Leica Screw Mount Camera, aka Leica Thread Mount or and 39mm Screw Mount. Why 3 standards names for the very same lens mount? To confuse the hell out of newbies of course! Take note Leica Screw Mount bodies can NOT mount the later Leica M bayonet lenses via any combination of adapter, duct tape, or epoxy. The reverse is not true. The ingenious Leica Gnomes at the Leica Wetzler factory invented the wonderful Screw Mount to M Lens Adapter which allows Leica Screw Mount lenses to be adapted and 100% compatible with the later M bayonet mount cameras, even down to rangefinder coupling! Way to Go Leica Gnomes!

Mechanical shutter speeds 1 to 1/2000th plus B -- with the mechanical shutter you can still take pics even if the battery dies. The L also has an unmarked T setting. ON B, push in the advance while you are pushing down on the shutter release. The shutter will remain open until you pull out the advance lever.

Modified Copal shutter with two sets of blades to ensure light tightness. The outer shutter is the light shield, the inner shutter is camera shutter. Like other Copal 35mm shutters, it travels vertically.

TTL metering with LED readout on the back edge of the top plate: Yes, this thru-the-lens metering works with most any LTM lens, so long as the rear element does not protrude deeply into the body -- thereby blocking the metering cell. ASA range 25-1600. EV range 1 to 19 at ASA 100. Turn on the meter by pressing down the shutter release slightly. The meter stays on while the shutter release is depressed. You can take meter readings with the L whether the shutter is cocked or not. The L takes two S76 batteries in the bottom battery compartment.

Flash sync 1/125th, standard PC connection

Mechanical Shutter Lock: the advance lever must be pulled out slightly to release the shutter

Body weight just under 12 oz with battery -- very lightweight

Interior Metal die cast body construction, exterior plastic top and bottom covers

Very comfortable short lever advance

Mechanical cable release (I've had enough of $100 electronic cable releases thank you)

Easy loading swing open back (Barnack never had it this good)

See Thru Film window to show whether the camera is loaded.

The L sounds more like a quiet SLR than a quiet RF. That is to be expected since it looks much like a modified Cosina made Nikon FM10 minus the mirror box and prism. On the other hand, the M6 doesn't have a metal shutter, 1/2000th top speed, or 1/125th flash sync. Cosina also manufactures the Nikon FM10/FE10, Ricoh XR-8, Olympus OM2000, Vivitar V4000, Promaster 2000 and the Phoenix P1. My thanks to Yoshi for this information.

With its TTL meter readout on the back edge of the top plate, the Bessa L is IDEAL to use with the screw mount Leica PLOOT or Visoflex reflex mirror housings
Voigtlander Bessa L Rangefinder in Near Mint Condition in Box with 15mm f4.5 Voigtlander Aspherical Super Wide-Heliar Lens & Viewfinder Professionally Tested

Comes with Box, Neckstrap, and Instruction Manual

Yasuhara was only the first of a new generation of Japanese made Leica Screw Mount Cameras. Cosina surprised the photo world by introducing the Voigtlander Bessa L in January 1999. Ironically the L is the first Voigtlander in Leica Screw Mount. For this long time Voigtlander fan, it is a welcomed surprise to see the venerable and honorable Voigtlander name once again on a new camera.

The Bessa L is a scale focus Leica Screw mount camera with TTL metering, best suited for 35mm and wider lenses. It is ideal for the Voigtlander 12/5.6, 15/4.5, 21/4, 25/4, 28/3.5, and 35/2.5 lenses. Scale focusing means you turn the distance scale on the lens barrel to match the distance of your subject. IF scale focusing is a new idea for you, it's actually fast and easy to get excellent results when shooting wides. Rollei sold over a million Rollei 35 cameras with scale focus 40/2.8 lenses. A viewfinder is not included with the camera. Cosina includes a viewfinder with the Voigtlander 12, 15, 21, and 25 lenses. For 28 and longer lenses, the viewfinder must be purchased separately.

The Bessa L was also initially produced for some markets as the "Cosina SW-107." The 107 was made in fewer numbers and discontinued as the Voigtlander version gained popularity world wide. By December 1999, the 35/1.7, 50/1.5 and 75/2.5 were added Voigtlander introduced the Bessa R, a Bessa L with built in Rangefinder / Viewfinder in January 2000. March 2001 saw the introduction of the Bessa T, Cosina's first Leica M mount camera. The Bessa R2, an updated Bessa R with metal body and Leica M mount, followed in February 2002. Outdone by its progeny, the Bessa L was officially discontinued 5/31/2003.

The Bessa L is a SCALE FOCUS CAMERA (not a rangefinder camera) -- it has NO built in viewfinder or rangefinder. The L is reminiscent of the classic finderless 1950's Screw mount Leicas, like the Ig. Super wides really don't need rangefinder focusing since their ample depth of field works great with old fashioned guestimate scale focusing. More importantly, it offers TTL metering. Bodies and lenses are available in black or chrome. With its small size, clean lines, and lack of a rangefinder, a fairly good argument can be made that the Bessa L amounts to an updated 1925 Leica A, or a modern TTL version of the Leica C, the camera which introduced the famous Leica Screw Mount.

Voigtlander Bessa L Specs:

Leica Screw Mount Camera, aka Leica Thread Mount or and 39mm Screw Mount. Why 3 standards names for the very same lens mount? To confuse the hell out of newbies of course! Take note Leica Screw Mount bodies can NOT mount the later Leica M bayonet lenses via any combination of adapter, duct tape, or epoxy. The reverse is not true. The ingenious Leica Gnomes at the Leica Wetzler factory invented the wonderful Screw Mount to M Lens Adapter which allows Leica Screw Mount lenses to be adapted and 100% compatible with the later M bayonet mount cameras, even down to rangefinder coupling! Way to Go Leica Gnomes!

Mechanical shutter speeds 1 to 1/2000th plus B -- with the mechanical shutter you can still take pics even if the battery dies. The L also has an unmarked T setting. ON B, push in the advance while you are pushing down on the shutter release. The shutter will remain open until you pull out the advance lever.

Modified Copal shutter with two sets of blades to ensure light tightness. The outer shutter is the light shield, the inner shutter is camera shutter. Like other Copal 35mm shutters, it travels vertically.

TTL metering with LED readout on the back edge of the top plate: Yes, this thru-the-lens metering works with most any LTM lens, so long as the rear element does not protrude deeply into the body -- thereby blocking the metering cell. ASA range 25-1600. EV range 1 to 19 at ASA 100. Turn on the meter by pressing down the shutter release slightly. The meter stays on while the shutter release is depressed. You can take meter readings with the L whether the shutter is cocked or not. The L takes two S76 batteries in the bottom battery compartment.

Flash sync 1/125th, standard PC connection

Mechanical Shutter Lock: the advance lever must be pulled out slightly to release the shutter

Body weight just under 12 oz with battery -- very lightweight

Interior Metal die cast body construction, exterior plastic top and bottom covers

Very comfortable short lever advance

Mechanical cable release (I've had enough of $100 electronic cable releases thank you)

Easy loading swing open back (Barnack never had it this good)

See Thru Film window to show whether the camera is loaded.

The L sounds more like a quiet SLR than a quiet RF. That is to be expected since it looks much like a modified Cosina made Nikon FM10 minus the mirror box and prism. On the other hand, the M6 doesn't have a metal shutter, 1/2000th top speed, or 1/125th flash sync. Cosina also manufactures the Nikon FM10/FE10, Ricoh XR-8, Olympus OM2000, Vivitar V4000, Promaster 2000 and the Phoenix P1. My thanks to Yoshi for this information.

With its TTL meter readout on the back edge of the top plate, the Bessa L is IDEAL to use with the screw mount Leica PLOOT or Visoflex reflex mirror housings

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