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

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

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

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Voigtlander Bessa-R3M Overview

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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
In the Box
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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    Voigtlander Bessa-R3M 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 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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.3 x 4.7 x 4.1"

    Voigtlander Bessa-R3M Reviews

    Bessa-R3M (1:1 Viewfinder) 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus Camera Body - Black is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Affordable, durable and a delight to use 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.
    Date published: 2012-02-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from quality and feeling 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.
    Date published: 2012-08-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice to use but has issues Gorgeous looking camera. Easy to operate. Viewfinder is fantastic. Fast shutter speed. All dials feel sturdy and well built. Issues: doesn't sit flat against you when hanging from a strap. rangefinder is easily knocked out of alignment (I'm gentle with my gear and the vertical axis of the rangefinder went out after 2 years). Eyepiece unscrews unexpectantly on rare occasion. Rubber thumb grip comes unglued. Most of these are well documented issues. Voigtlander lenses when paired with this body produces beautiful results however which make it very worthwhile putting up with.
    Date published: 2017-03-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A pleasure to use. When I want to slow down and truly enjoy shooting, this is the camera I use. I can't afford a Leica body and lens, so I use this body and a Leica lens, sort of like putting your money in speakers instead of receivers.
    Date published: 2015-05-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE most beautiful camera I've been shooting for over thirty years and think this is THE most beautiful camera body that I've ever purchased. The feel, the weight, the user friendly interface (very much like my first camera the FM2), even the sound or lack there of. I can not recommend this camera any higher, only wish I'd had it years ago!
    Date published: 2016-09-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Camera but Unadjusted I bought this camera along with the Nokton Classic 40mm. I used it only for one roll of film and I haven't used any other Leica-like camera before. Pros: This camera looks great, it feels very solid in the hands, and everything feels very smooth (the shutter speed dial is on the stiff side but still good). In particular, I was impressed by how soft and smooth the film lever was. The shutter release is also very soft. The rewind crank was very smooth too. And although I read that the shutter was loud, I didn't find it particularly loud. The viewfinder is very big and bright. The viewfinder hole is rubbed which is great for glasses. Also, I loved that the camera has a little window in the back that shows you what film you have loaded (I wish more cameras had this). Cons: I use glasses and I found the viewfinder very hard to use. The 40mm frame lines were outside from my view and I had to move my head to compose the photo. The light meter leds were a little hard to see for me. Again, I had to move the head to be able to see them. This may be fixed with a negative diopter adapter. The deal breaker for me was the fact that the camera's focusing patch was unadjusted (horizontally and vertically). And sure enough, many of the photos came out softer than they should. Sure, you can send the camera to get it adjusted, but this should not happen with a new camera. That's why I bought a new camera! To not have to deal with this stuff. This also reduced my confidence in the construction quality of the camera and lens. Makes you wonder: What else is not well adjusted in this camera? At the end, I returned the camera and went another way.
    Date published: 2017-06-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great but loud and 40mm lines are hard to see with glasses Great camera and easily the best alternative to a Leica M series camera. Only gripes are that the shutter is pretty loud and the 40mm frame line is difficult to see if you wear glasses but is tolerable given the awesome 1:1 perspective.
    Date published: 2017-05-09
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great disappointment Evidently, Voigtlander has lain off all their QC/QA people and are simply shipping product with little care as to the quality. I own a medium frame Voigtlander that has never given me a problem, so I decided to try this camera. I had to return the first one I received because the viewfinder would not focus beyond fifteen feet. B&H immediately replaced it, and I had a replacement a week later. The replacement focuses fine. Unfortunately, the exposure meter will never zero out. A solid, non-flashing 0 can only be attained with both the 0 and the +0.5 LEDs illuminated, but when you purchase a camera from a once-reputable manufacturer, you shouldn't have to guess on the exposure. The 0 should be the ONLY LED illuminated once the exposure is set correctly. No more Voigtlanders for me. The lenses that I bought are very well made but it's painfully obvious that the camera does not match their quality.
    Date published: 2014-06-16
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    can I use the Leica 28mm/2.8 zeiss 35mm/ 2.8with this camera?
    Asked by: rafael v.
    Yes, the Yes, the Leica 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M Asph. lens and the Zeiss 35mm f 2.8 ZM Biogon T Manual Focus Lens would both be compatible for use on the Voigtlander Bessa-R3M 35mm film camera.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    I see that for the Bessa-R3M, the Voigtlander - M-Bayonet Adapter Ring for 28/90mm appears to be required for the 90mm lens.For the 28mm, is a separate viewfinder also required?Thank you,
    Asked by: Anonymous
    While you can use a lens without the appropriate viewfinder, for framing purposes, the viewfinder for your lens' focal length would be recommended for use with your lens. The Voigtlander Viewfinder with Brightlines for 28mm Lens, Metal, B&H # VOVF28B, would be recommended for your needs.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Is it safe to presume that the Bessa-R3M is compatible with Zeiss and Leica M lenses?All--with the proper viewfinder?Thank you
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes; The Voigtlander Bessa-R3M uses a standard M bayonet mount. 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, and Zeiss. The camera has lines in the viewfinder for 40/90, 50, and 75mm lenses. While you can use a lens without the appropriate viewfinder, for framing purposes, the viewfinder for your lens' focal length would be recommended for use with your lens.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    It includes Lens?
    Asked by: Fernando M.
    No, it's the body only. But it pairs very well with the 40MM lens Voigtlander makes. It is a small, sharp, easy to focus lens with great bokeh. I have had this camera for almost a year now and love it. It is very solid and simple, with a large bright viewfinder and a reliable meter. It's a shame they won't be making more of them in the years to come.
    Answered by: Brendan S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    what lenses are available, what lens for macro?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    A rangefinder like this one takes photos through the viewfinder on the left side of the body, rather than through the lens. This will introduce parallax errors that cause inaccurate framing and focusing at the close focusing distances. Leica has some specific macro lenses with googles for their rangefinders but they are not compatible with this camera. An SLR or a digital camera with live view are much better tools for macro photography.
    Answered by: josh b.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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