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Lomopedia: Voigtlander Bessa-T

A handsome model from the Voigtlander revival cameras, the Bessa-T was introduced by Cosina in 2001 and supplemented the previous Bessa-L model. Find out more about this interesting 35mm rangefinder camera in this installment of Lomopedia!

Introduced in March 2001, the Voigtlander Bessa-T was Cosina’s follow-up model after the Bessa-L. This 35mm camera both fascinated and irked the photography world for a number of things. First, strangely, the Bessa-T had a 1.5 rangefinder built into its body, but no built-in viewfinder (you’ll need interchangeable viewfinders for this snapper).

Second, it was Voigtlander’s first rangefinder to sport the Leica M bayonet mount, with which it joined the so-called elite class of rangefinders (notably the Leica M models and the Konica Hexar RF), and effectively became the least expensive M mount camera ever made. Screw mount Voigtlander lenses can still be used with the Bessa-T using a standard adapter, and even supports full rangefinder coupling.

Third, the Bessa-T supports a trigger winder advance which can be attached at the bottom, which also had strap lugs that enable the camera to be hung vertically like the old Leica M5 or CL.

Photo via Camera Quest

Technical Specifications:

  • Type: 35mm camera with focal plane shutter and TTL metering system
  • Film Format: 35mm film, 24 × 36mm
  • Lens Mount: VM Mount
  • Shutter: Vertically moving metal focal plane shutter B, 1 – 1/2000 sec
  • Self-Timer: Mechanical self-timer with 10 sec operating time
  • Focusing: Coincidence type rangefinder
  • Exposure display: Red <- mark LED = Overexposure warning; Green o mark LED = Good exposure indication; Red → mark LED = Underexposure warning
  • Exposure Metering System: Center-weighted average metering by pressing shutter release button
  • Exposure Coupling Range: EV 1-19 (ISO 100, f/1.4, 1 sec – f/16, 1/2000 sec)
  • Flash Terminal: X Synchro contat. Synchronized at 1/125 sec or lower speed
  • Film Advance: By single and/or multiple “inching” lever action. Double exposure lock system. Trigger winder available as optional extra.
  • Film Rewind: By film rewind button and film rewind crank
  • Frame Counter: Additive type with autoreset by opening the camera back
  • Film Speed Range: ISO 25 – 1600 by 1/3 steps
  • Power: Two 1.5V alkaline batteries (LR44) or Silver batteries (SR44)
  • Dimensions: 135.5 (W) c 78.5 (H) x 33.5 (D) mm

All information for this article were sourced from Camerapedia, Camera Quest, and Camera Manuals.

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