Rangefinder Bessa - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Rangefinder Bessa

1936

Voigtländer & Sohn

Braunschweig

Germany

Image of Rangefinder Bessa

Lens:
f3.5, 10.5 cm Skopar, iris diaphragm to f22. Serial no. 1076857 .

Shutter:
Compur Rapid, speeds 1 - 1/400, B, T. Delayed action. Serial no. 5238471.

Construction:
Leatherette covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
8, 2 ¼" x 3 ¼" exposures on 120 roll-film or 16, 2 ¼" x 1 ¾" exposures.

Focusing:
Bellows to 3 feet.

Attributes:
Coupled rangefinder giving double image. Optical eye-level finder with mask for 16-on.
Film advance indicated by red window, not coupled to shutter.
Depth-of-field scale. Hinged yellow filter.

Serial Number:
H578375 .

With:
Focar 65 close-up lens in pouch. 16-on mask. Cable release. Instructions. Roll of Bessapan film. Box.

After the strangely designed Prominent, Voigtländer produced a rangefinder model based on its Bessa range. The camera was well designed and easy to use but lacked the solid feel of competitors such as the Super-Ikonta. Different lenses were available, all of f3.5: Helomar; Skopar; Heliar. The design on the shutter front varies between models.

The Rangefinder Bessa was reasonably priced at £18.15.0 (in 1938), being roughly that of the equivalent Ensign and ⅔ that of the Super-Ikonta.

References & Notes:
BJA 1937, pp. 246, 520. Minit&Cine, 1938, p. 79. Minit&Cine, 1939, p. 154.

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