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Lomopedia: Voigtländer Bessa L

Introduced in 1999, the Voigtländer Bessa L was the first camera model manufactured by Cosina Co., Ltd. under the Voigtländer brand name.

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The Bessa L is a scale focus camera body with a screw thread mount and through-the-lens (TTL) metering. It was introduced with 15mm and 25mm Voigtländer 39mm screw lenses, but it is also compatible with other screw mount lenses. It possesses no built-in viewfinder; but since it is originally designed to be used with ultra-wide angle lenses, this is not a handicap. The camera was officially discontinued in May 2003.

Technical Specifications:

  • Format: 35mm
  • Lens mount: Leica screw mount
  • Shutter speed: 1 – 1/2000, B
  • Flash: Standard PC connection
  • Self-timer: Mechanical; 10 sec.
  • Batteries (for metering): 2x LR44/SR44 batteries
  • Dimensions: 135.5 mm x 78.5 mm x 33.5 mm

Read more about the Bessa L on Camerapedia, Cameraquest and

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