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Voigtlander Bessa R3A Camera - Black-Matte

Voigtlander Bessa-R3A (1:1 Viewfinder) 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus Camera Body - Black Matte

Voigtlander Bessa-R3A (1:1 Viewfinder) 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus Camera Body - Black Matte

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Voigtlander Bessa R3A Camera - Black-Matte

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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 R3A is an improved version of the Bessa R2 rangefinder camera, which in itself is an advancement over the original Bessa R camera. In addition, the Bessa R3A model is the first M mount camera ever to feature a 1:1 lifesize 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.

Several advancements upon the Bessa R make the R2/R3 a wonderful and affordable entry to the world or rangefinder cameras to compete with the Leica M, Konica Hexar RF & Contax G-Series cameras. 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 R2 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.

A major improvement over the R2 is the AE (Auto-Exposure) Aperture Priority mode, with plus/minus 2 stops compensation on AE.

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 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
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Voigtlander Bessa-R3A (1:1 Viewfinder) 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus Camera Body - Black Matte
  • LR44 Alkaline Cell Batteries (1.5V, 2 Pack)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Specifications
    Type 35mm interchangeable lens rangefinder
    Lens Mount Voigtlander VM
    Focus Modes Manual
    Exposure Modes AE Aperture Priority, 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 Electronic; 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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.4 x 4.7 x 4.2"

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