Camera Reviews

It’s an old folding camera for 120 film that dates to the 1930s-40s — and even with its low-end lens and shutter is a fine performer. It’s the Voigtländer Bessa, and you can read my updated review here.

Voigtlander Bessa

Updated review: Voigtländer Bessa

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5 thoughts on “Updated review: Voigtländer Bessa

  1. -N- says:

    I have an old Voigtlander Bessa RF similar to yours – and you are right, it is a wonderful camera. A bit big at times for handheld, but it does a great job with the right film. Mine has a Heliar lens.

    • I wouldn’t mind trying a rangefinder version someday! I like to know that I’ve nailed focus. I sold my Bessa on some time ago because I just didn’t use it, but sometimes I think I should buy another.

      • -N- says:

        My Bessa is a rangefinder – a folder, too. I believe all folders can be considered rangefinders, but perhaps I am wrong. Mine does have a rangefinder built into it.

        • Sadly mine lacked a rangefinder. It had that pop-up viewfinder and the brilliant viewfinder attached to the lens board. You had to guess subject distance and set it manually on the lens.

        • -N- says:

          I have a pretty good eye for distance, and play with it when I use a range finder. Sometimes I look at what I will picture, set it, and then guess to see if my guestimate matches the distance set. I also reverse it, set the distance, and then look through the viewfinder. Fun thing to do. And good practice.

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