Bessamatic - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Bessamatic

1959

Voigtländer & Sohn

Braunschweig

West Germany

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Lens:
f2.8, 36 - 82 mm Zoomar, automatic iris diaphragm to f22. Bayonet mount. Serial no. 6690444 .

Shutter:
Synchro-Compur X, speeds 1 - 1/500, B. Delayed action. X, M flash synchronisation. Shutter within camera body.

Construction:
Metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film held in cassette.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Fixed roof pentaprism finder, split-image and microprism rangefinder focusing screen with Fresnel condenser.
Auto-stop on film advance. Film advance lever tensions the shutter. Film advance and shutter inter-linked for double and blank exposure prevention.
Coupled selenium exposure meter, match needle type. Film setting range: 12 - 36 DIN, 17 - 3200 ASA. Scale for over exposure 1.5 - 5. Needle visible in view-finder. Setting the needle against the index alters the aperture and shutter setting rings.
Exposure counter.

Serial Number:
57817 .

With:

  • Cable release (AGC). Clip-on accessory shoe.
  • Filter clamp. Rubber lens hood. Focar B (95 mm diameter). Depth-of-field calculator.
  • Camera instructions. Zoomar instruction book, German text. Case for Zoomar and camera.

The Zoomar, introduced in 1959, was the first zoom lens to be offered on a still camera. Filters and close-up lenses are screwed into a ring which then clamps over the front of the lens. Accessories for the Zoomar included:

  • Filter clamp.
  • 5x orange filter.
  • 3x yellow filter.
  • UV filter.
  • Focar A and B close-up lenses.
  • Lens hood.
  • Tripod adapter.
  • Depth-of-field calculator.

The depth-of-field calculator shows figures for the Zoomar alone and with Focar A, B and A plus B lenses combined.

Code Names:
296/95 - Filter clamp. 305/95 - Rubber lens hood. 304/95 - Focar B.

References & Notes:
Blue-Book, 1960-61, p. 55. BJA 1961, p. 522. BJA 1962, p. 510.

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