Sunday, 12 September 2010

Week 37 - Voigtlander Bessa-L

Voigtlander Bessa-L, originally uploaded by pho-Tony.
This camera was made by the Cosina company between 1999 and 2003, and marketed under the Voigtlander brand. The "L" model had no built in viewfinder, and was intended for use with the 15mm ultrawide Heliar lens, or a 25mm lens they also made, each came with its own dedicated viewfinder.
The lens fitting is the 39mm Leica screw mount, there is a metal focal plane shutter with speeds from 1 - 1/2000th of a second, and a built in coupled through-the-lens exposure meter.
Voigtlander later went on to make a 12mm lens, claiming to be the widest full frame rectilinear (as opposed to fisheye) lens available. This is the lens shown here.

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