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Voigtlander Bessa-R4M Wide Angle 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus Camera Body - Black

B&H # VOBR4M Mfr # AA126A
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Voigtlander Bessa Series Cameras are light, unobtrusive cameras that are ideal for handheld lowlight conditions. These rangefinder cameras have a smaller distance between the film and the lens mount than SLRs, which makes for inherently sharper lenses. And above all else, they are small.

The Voigtlander Bessa R4M is a rangefinder camera designed with the wide-angle shooter specifically in mind. It has built-in parallax projected framelines for 21, 25, 28, 35, and 50mm lenses. As a result, you no longer need to use an external viewfinder mounted on top of the camera. This means that you can now both frame and focus directly from the built-in viewfinder, eliminating the need to having to move your eye to a separate viewfinder.

Besides for the wide-angle viewfinder of the R4A camera, all other features are identical to the Bessa R3A. Of course, all of the original Bessa R's outstanding features are retained; an exceptionally bright viewfinder, quiet shutter & simple LED metering system. Many internal parts of the R4 are made of metal instead of plastic (as on the Bessa R), resulting in a camera which feels more solid and durable in one's hands.

This camera features a mechanical shutter release. This makes it possible to use the camera even without batteries, albeit without metering.

Note! As a result of the wide-angle design of the viewfinder, this camera is not recommended for use with lenses longer than 50mm, used wide-open, at short distances.

Viewfinder designed specifically for wide-angle lenses
TTL Centerweighted light metering
Clear LED Exposure scale with red for under/overexposure and green for correct exposure
Vertical-travel electronic metal focal plane shutter
Exceptionally bright viewfinder with split-image rangefinder patch & brightlines for 21/35, 28, and 25/50mm 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 camera
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 rangefinder with brightlines for 21, 25, 28, 35 & 50mm lenses, x.52 Magnification
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-R4M Wide Angle 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus Camera Body - Black
  • 2 x A76 (LR44) 1.5v Alkaline Battery
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    VoigtlanderBessa R4M Camera
     
    4.3

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable design (5)
    • Fast film loading (3)
    • Strong construction (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (6)
      • Home (3)
      • Photojournalism (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Nice idea, needs refinements.

      By JohnC

      from Bethesda, MD

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Action Shots
        • Home
        • Photojournalism
        • Travel

        Comments about Voigtlander Bessa R4M Camera:

        I use this camera for Street Photography. Advantages: small, unobrtusive, relatively light.Disadvantages: The TTL light meter is poorly designed and not readily turned on: 1. The meter is only turned on AFTER the shutter has been cocked. In general, I don't like to keep shutter springs under tension unless I'm about to shoot. Once the shutter is cocked, the meter display is turned on by partialy depressing the shutter release button. But the meter does not engage with certainty and you have to fiddle with the button to make the meter dislay work. Be careful, press too hard and the shutter will trip. The design of the focus ring is poor, it is recessed such that the only way to rotate it is to grab a protrusion on the bottom of the ring. You have to fumble for it. Irritating as it slows you down unless you zone focus.The range finder focusing highlighted area is cockeyed. It should be properly aligned within the viewer.Would I reccomend this to a friend? Maybe! Only if the person was dedicated to film, experienced with and actually preferred manual settings. If these were true, I'd also suggest he save his pennies and buy a good used Leica.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love the Wide

        By Clickie McPete

        from Massachusetts

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscapes
        • Photojournalism
        • Travel

        Comments about Voigtlander Bessa R4M Camera:

        This is a wonderful camera! Very light weight, discreet, dazzling bright viewfinder and frame lines for most of the wide angle lenses down to 21mm. The R4M is a wide angle lovers dream. Sure, it's not a Leica, but what a fine piece of kit nonetheless. I have mine in a half case from Mr Jhou with an Artist and Artisan wrist strap and it makes a wonderful second body to accompany my Leica MP. I'm so grateful that there are companies still making higher end film cameras these days and this is fine example of good design.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Practical and discreet device

        By Joe le taxi

        from Switzerland

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Voigtlander Bessa R4M Camera:

            I recommend it to those who do not want of a big cumbersome reflex, but rather of a light device with good optics.

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            amazing camera, just perfect

            By realwine

            from Murfreesboro, TN

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Action Shots
              • Travel

              Comments about Voigtlander Bessa R4M Camera:

              I will use this for street photography. I wanted a fully manual camera. The optics are near Leica quality. The rangefinder focuses perfectly and is very large, a boon for contact lens wearers.

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              (21 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              update to some problems

              By Frederic

              from New York

              About Me Professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Design
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Photojournalism
                • Travel

                Comments about Voigtlander Bessa R4M Camera:

                during longer exposures in outdoor daylight the light does not leak from the back but the viewfinder window. This requiers that the finder windows and focusing windows be covered.
                Still love this camera.
                Some times when winding the film the rewind lever gets jammed. It caused me to think that I had fininshed the roll of film once when I hadn't.

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                (17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                some problems

                By Frederic

                from New York

                About Me Professional

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Design
                • Fast Film Loading

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Voigtlander Bessa R4M Camera:

                  since my last review I have encontered some problems. The meter stops working when you get down to a 1/4 or 1/2 a second exposure depending on the ISO you are at. The camera back leaks light when your exposure gets to a second or more when shotting out doors in day light. You have to cover the camera or the film is fogged.

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                  (38 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  I'm so happy

                  By Frederic

                  from NY New York

                  Comments about Voigtlander Bessa R4M Camera:

                  I just could not take the digital carousel any more. I switched to digital about three years ago with a 20D and then upgraded to a 5D. I was of course seduced by all I could do with these amazing digital cameras, by the resolution and image sharpness and quality. But there was something missing. It took three years to figure out why I wasn't satisfied. It's not image quality that counts the most, but the personality and character of an image. When it comes to character and personality digital can't hold a candle to film. I no longer do commercial work, I am only doing my fine art photography, so I don't have to shot digital. I have sold all my canon equipment and bought one of these with 2 Zeiss lenses, a 50 and a 21. The build quality is definitely better than the R2 I tried a few years ago.I also bought the winder grip with it, works very nicely. The view finder is very bright. Brighter than a Leica. It's a joy to use. I have gone back to my roots and I love it.

                  Expertise: Pro

                  Problems Encountered: No self timer

                  Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Fuji 6x9, Mamiya M7, Contax G2, Nikon FM3A and almost everything else

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                  General Brand -  LR44 Alkaline Cell Batteries (1.5V, 2 Pack)
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