Bessa R3A with flash: Yay!

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  1. tbm

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    My new Bessa R3A arrived yesterday. I loaded it with a roll of Fuji Acros 100 and set the film speed on the camera to an exposure index of 80. I then set my Metz 44 MZ-2 flash with the 3502 adapter into the hot shoe and set the Metz's film speed to 80 as well. I set the R3A shutter speed to the camera's maximum sync speed of 1/125th of a second. I set the aperture on my Leica 50mm Summicron lens to f/11 and the aperture on my Leica 90mm Summicron to F/5.6 and set the flash during testing both those lenses to both those apertures respectively. The flash was set on A (automatic) pursuant to Bogen's phone instructions. Bogen also told me that, if I wanted less flash light hitting a scene, I needed to adjust the aperture on the 44 MZ-2 to a wider one.

    I exposed the roll of Acros inside my house after dark and in my backyard afterward. This morning I developed the film in Microdol-X with a dilution of 1+3 for 17 minutes at 75 degrees and got outstanding negatives--sharp, full of tonality, and easy to print! And no longer will I use my 75mm and 90mm Leica M lenses on my M6TTL, for the R3A's viewfinder is amazingly, substantially larger than the M6's, making focusing an unbelievable breeze! I am so pleased!
     
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    Congrats on your successful flashing adventure with your new Bessa.

    With the Noctilux, the 75, and the 90, I use the little 1.25x view magnifier on my M6TTL's 0.72 viewfinder. Works great for situations where focus is extra critical.

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    Ralph, what is the true name of the 1.25x view magnifier and what does it cost?

    Terry
     
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    You guys have some serious toys. I'm going to play with my Diana and Isola now :smile:
     
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    Serious toys mean serious fun. :wink:

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    You guys are making me green with envy :smile:
     
  8. Lee L

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    That would be one of the "Safari" models.

    Sorry, couldn't help it.

    Lee