Voigtlander Bessa-R3M (1:1 Viewfinder) 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus Camera Body - Black

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Voigtlander Bessa-R3M (1:1 Viewfinder) 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus Camera Body - Black

B&H # VOBR3MB MFR # AA122A
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The Voigtlander Bessa-R3M Rangefinder Camera is a modified version of the Bessa R3A camera. While being identical in all other aspects to the R3A model, the R3M features a mechanical shutter release. This makes it possible to use the camera even without batteries, albeit without metering.

The Voigtlander Bessa R3A/M is an improved version of the Bessa R2 rangefinder camera, which in itself is an advancement over the original Bessa R camera. All of the original Bessa R's outstanding features are retained; an exceptionally bright viewfinder, quiet shutter & simple LED metering system.

In addition, the Bessa R3A/M series is the first M mount camera ever to feature a 1:1 viewfinder. As a result, shooting with both eyes open is now possible. Also, when bundled with a 50mm lens, the frame lines will show a bigger area in the viewfinder.

TTL Centerweighted light metering
Clear LED Exposure scale with red for under/overexposure and green for correct exposure
Vertical-travel mechanical metal focal plane shutter
Exceptionally bright viewfinder with split image rangefinder patch & brightlines for 40/90, 50, 75mm lenses
Superior rubberized and anodized body covering materials
Bayonet Leica M-type lens mount accepts all 39mm screw mount lenses (with the appropriate adapter) from Canon, Leica & Voigtlander, as well as M bayonet-type lenses from Leica, Minolta & Konica
Compatibility with the Voigtlander Trigger Winder (originally introduced with the Bessa T) for speedy, battery-free film advance
Compatibility with dioptric correction lenses from the Nikon FM3A
Type 35mm interchangeable lens rangefinder
Lens Mount Voigtlander VM
Focus Modes Manual
Exposure Modes Manual
Exposure Metering Centerweighted
Metering Range EV 1-19 (at ISO 100 with 50mm f/1.5 lens)
ISO Range 25-3200 (manually set)
Shutter Speed Mechanical; 1/2000th to 1 Second + bulb, with flash sync at 1/125th second
PC Terminal Yes
Flash Mounting Hot flash shoe
Film Transport Manual
Viewfinder Split image & superimposed rangefinde with brightlines for 40, 50, 75 & 90mm lenses (1x life-size magnification with 37mm baselength)
Viewfinder Info LED Shutter speed indication line lights up to indicate suggested speeds
Diopter Correction No (accepts diopters for the Nikon FM3A)
Self Timer No
Remote Control Accepts standard mechanical cable release
Multiple Exposure No
Power Source Two 1.5-Volt LR44 alkaline batteries
Dimensions 5.4 x 3.2 x 1.4" (136 x 81 x 35mm) WxHxD
Weight 1 lb (430 g)
Voigtlander Bessa-R3M (1:1 Viewfinder) 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus Camera Body - Black
  • 2 x A76 (LR44) 1.5v Alkaline Battery
  • Body Cap
  • Neck Strap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    5.0

    quality and feeling

    By daniel

    from Bogotá, Colombia

    About Me Photography Student

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    Pros

    • Comfortable Design
    • Fast Film Loading
    • Fingertip Controls
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Dim Viewing Prism

    Best Uses

    • Action Shots
    • Photojournalism
    • Travel

    Comments about Voigtlander Bessa-R3M (1:1 Viewfinder) 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus Camera Body - Black:

    I bought this camera because i got tired of digital shooting, without a strong connection with the pictures. The design of this camera is perfect, it doesn't weight so much and is a camera that does not call the attention of others, that i like it because i can take out my camera anywhere y take pictures with no fear. The camera controls are great and simple: aperture and shutter speed; they are easy to control near the shutter button. The viewfinder is pretty clear, but when theres no much light it is difficult to focus. In comparison to SLR and DSLR cameras i find the quality of the Voigtlander much better in grain and lights, due to the rangefinder system. I will definitely recommend this camera to a friend and to anyone, just if you are really thinking on doing serious work with 35mm film and at a good price.

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    5.0

    Affordable, durable and a delight to use

    By Abel

    from Longmont, CO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Voigtlander Bessa-R3M (1:1 Viewfinder) 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus Camera Body - Black:

      I am an avid amateur photographer and have been taking pictures for almost 10 years now. I started as in high school shooting black and white and processing and printing everything from hand. I wanted to get back to that, as with digital you just don't get the relationship with your pictures.

      The meter is spot on and with a little bracketing you can get amazing shots very easily. Extremely well built and has a good heft and feel unlike the modern day plastic cameras. As with range finders you can get shots easily with low light and you can shoot at much slower speeds that with an SLR due to the lack of the mirror. Almost everything is metal and I get the feeling I will be showing my grandkids how to shoot pictures on this thing (I'm 27)

      If you have been shooting digital and want to fall back in love with your pictures I highly recommend this camera. I really thought they didn't make them like this anymore.

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      General Brand -  MS 76 (SR44/EPX76) 1.5v Silver Battery
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