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.
- 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