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Lomopedia: Voigtlander Bessa R2A

Introduced in 2004, the Bessa R2A and R3A are 35mm autoexposure rangefinder cameras that belong to Cosina's line of Voigtlander revival cameras. Find out more about these luxurious-looking analogue rangefinder snappers in this installment of Lomopedia!

The Voigtlander Bessa R2A and R3A 35mm rangefinder cameras are improved versions of the Bessa R2, equipped with the Leica M mount, center-weighted TTL light meter, and aperture-priority automatic exposure which can also be switched to manual exposure. The R2A has a viewfinder with 0.7x magnification and 35/50/75/90 frame lines, while the R3A has a viewfinder with 1x magnification and 40/50/75/90 frame lines. These cameras, however, have electronic shutters, which means they cannot be operated without batteries.

Photo via CameraQuest

Technical Specifications:

  • Type: 35mm camera with focal plane shutter an TTL metering system
  • Film Format: 35mm film, 24×36 mm
  • Lens Mount: VM Mount
  • Shutter: Vertically moving electronic metal focal plane shutter B, 1-1/2000sec. (B, 8-1/2000 sec. With Auto Mode)
  • Focusing: Coincidence type. Infinity – 0.7m
  • Finder magnification: X 0.7
  • Bright frames: 35mm, 50mm, 75mm, 90mm
  • Exposure display: By LED indicator in view finder, AE lock by AE lock button
  • Exposure Metering System: Center-weighted average metering.
  • Exposure Coupling Range: EV1 – 19 (ISO100, F4,: 1sec.- F16, 1/2000sec.)
  • Flash Terminal: X synchronic contact, synchronized at 1/125 sec or lower speed
  • Film Advance: By single and/or multiple racheting lever action. Double exposure lock system. 120 throw and 45 stand off. Trigger winder available also optional extra.
  • Film Rewind: By film rewind button and film rewind crank
  • Frame Counter: Additive type with autoreset by opening the back cover
  • Film Speed Range: ISO 25 – 3200 by 1/3 steps
  • Power Source: Two 1.5V Alkaline batteries (LR44) or Silver batteries (SR 44)
  • Dimensions: 135(W)x81(H)x33(D)mm
  • Weight: 430g

All information for this article were soured from Voigtlander’s Website, Camerapedia, and CameraQuest.

written by plasticpopsicle

2 comments

  1. saintempire

    saintempire

    still my main camera after all those years!
    using it waaaaaay more than my leica M5 :)) great to read some praise about this gem

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  2. ksears119

    ksears119

    I have been using my Bessa R2A since September, 2013 and love it. I have the the Nokton Classic 35mm f1.4 lens and primarily use Ilford HP5 film. I can't say enough good things about that combination.

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