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    Metal pressure plate attached to plastic back.
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    I'm not going to compare this camera to a Leica or a Nikon. Used it was not too expensive, but I think it could have been made a little better.

    The main housing is made of cast metal and seems somewhat robust but when I see all the other shortcuts, plastic and tin in the construction of this thing I can't help but place the whole camera under suspicion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektagraphic View Post
    Is it just this Bessa that is of this low quality?
    I have no idea, I've heard nothing. It ain't a Leica that's for sure!

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    Camera is in garbage along with potato peels. Not worth the effort.

    Have ordered a 60 year old Leica iiif, in reasonable nick to replace it.

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    I bought one band new with 12mm lens and finder five to six years ago. I never use the body . Just use the lens with adapter on Leica M.

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    Ever since they figured out how to pump out mass plastic in the 80s and really took off with injection molding in the 80s-90s, everything has gone to shit. I'm not even an old curmudgeon and I notice the distinct shift. Modern consumer-level manufacturing for the most part, sucks!
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

    http://www.flickr.com/kediwah

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    I think they are the the same stuff for the camera body with a 'BLUE' label print 'ZIESS'.

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    Yeah, if it says "ZIESS" you may be right, "ZEISS" might be another story...

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    Thanks for the tear down photos. I love to take cameras apart. Take apart a modern Canon (like an Elan) and you'll see that the Bessa construction isn't all that different. Speaking as an engineer, there is nothing mechanically wrong with stampings and injection molded plastic. In fact, plastic gears, properly designed, can last longer than metal gears and a polycarbonate housing will take a lot of abuse. The problem with a lot of the low end products is that they are not designed properly and every last dime is designed out of it. That said, I use all older, mechanical cameras because they just 'feel' nicer and look better with age. Plastic will never feel better than metal and will never gain a patina of age!

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    Interesting thread. I now have a new appreciation of my [working] all-metal Zorki.

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