Voigtlander Bessa R2M Camera Body (Black)

Voigtlander Bessa-R2M (.7 Viewfinder) 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus Camera Body - Black

Voigtlander Bessa-R2M (.7 Viewfinder) 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus Camera Body - Black

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Voigtlander Bessa-R2M overview

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The Voigtlander Bessa-R2M Rangefinder Camera is a modified version of the Bessa R2A camera. While being identical in all other apsects to the R2A model, the R2M features a mechanical shutter release.  This makes it possible to use the camera even without batteries, albeit without metering.

The Voigtlander Bessa R2A/M is an improved version of the Bessa R2 rangefinder camera, which in itself is an advancment 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. 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.

Voigtlander Bessa 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.
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 35, 50, 75 & 90mm lenses
Superior rubberized and andonized body covering materials
Bayonet Leica M-type lensmount accepts all 39mm screwmount 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 system
In the Box
Voigtlander Bessa-R2M (.7 Viewfinder) 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus Camera Body - Black
  • 2 x A76 (LR44) 1.5v Alkaline Battery
  • Body Cap
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Voigtlander Bessa-R2M specs

    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 Manual 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 35, 50, 75 & 90mm lenses (0.7x 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/SR44 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 1.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.4 x 4.7 x 4.2"

    Voigtlander Bessa-R2M reviews

    Bessa R2M Camera Body (Black) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect rangefinder camera this camera was my first rangefinder camera. when I developed and printed first roll, I was so happy about the feeling of pictures. And technically It's built so well. I have canon 5d with few L lenses but this is so different.
    Date published: 2012-12-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple, & good -- A rangefinder For those on a budget that would like to experiance and be a part of the decisive moment in the rangefinder world. I recommend this as an introductory camera into the rangefinder community. One can buy good glass for the camera and upgrade cameras in the future if one falls in love with this approach to photography.
    Date published: 2014-06-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Second body for color I already owned the R4m but bought this one to use as part of a two camera set-up, black and white in one and color in the other. Wish I could have �bought another R4m and saved $100 but at some point I plan to add a longer lens than 50mm to my kit and the R4m lacked the necessary frame lines. Otherwise this camera is a joy to use, with the cavet that like all cameras of this kind you better off with an external exposure meter for critical work. With the wide latitude of most 35mm negative films, the internal meter works well enough but I have always preferred the more percise readings a handheld meter allows. As an added bonus, I can use my old Vivitar 283 for automated flash pictures with good results
    Date published: 2018-01-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from To me: not worth it. I had this camera for about two weeks, and shot a few rolls of film with it, and I was very happy with the images. Coupled with the Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 I was getting beautiful, sharp night photos. If all you're looking for is image quality, then the camera body you use won't matter much, as the body doesn't dictate the image quality, the lens and film do. In my opinion, the build quality of this camera is not acceptable. It feels somewhat solid, but almost toy-like. Because of this I find myself babying it, anxious about breaking it's seemingly fragile plastic parts. I have read other reviews that champion this camera as an easy and sensible way into the film rangefinder world, but I don't agree with that. You can get a nice Leica M3 for at least one hundred dollars less than this camera, and that is debatably the best camera of all time. Bottom line: This camera functions as it should, but it's somewhat poor build quality and high price make it not a top choice, at least for me.
    Date published: 2016-01-01
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