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    Voigtlander Bessa 66 & Perkeo II are good options

    I started with a Bessa 66, also known as a Baby Bessa. Uncoated lenses shouldn't pose much of a problem if the light sources are controlled, even if controlling is a simple as holding up a hand to shade the lens.

    A newly CLA'ed Perkeo II just arrived in the mail. I'm taking it wdown to Wiliamsburg VA this weekend and we'll see how it performs. The Bessa 66 is very affordable; the Perkeo II cost cost, and was also worth the extra money for the CLA.

    It may be apparent that in MF, I'm more fascinated by the 6x6 square format.
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    Voigtlander lens rankings

    Voigtlander lenses have been ranked as follows, with the best first:

    Heliar (5 elements in 3 groups)
    Skopar (4 elements in 3 groups)
    Vaskar (3 elements in 3 groups)
    Voigtar (3 elements in 3 groups)

    "Color Skopar" most likely designates color correction. I've read that the Vaskar is a renamed Voigtar, but have never seen that confirmed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polaski
    Voigtlander lenses have been ranked as follows, with the best first:

    Heliar (5 elements in 3 groups)
    Skopar (4 elements in 3 groups)
    Vaskar (3 elements in 3 groups)
    Voigtar (3 elements in 3 groups)

    "Color Skopar" most likely designates color correction. I've read that the Vaskar is a renamed Voigtar, but have never seen that confirmed.
    I think "Color Skopar" most probably means coated optics. I have coated Skopars and uncoated Skopars on Bessas and I cant see any difference in the color pictures I've taken with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Hoskinson
    I think "Color Skopar" most probably means coated optics. I have coated Skopars and uncoated Skopars on Bessas and I cant see any difference in the color pictures I've taken with them.
    And I've got a 1928-ish Skopar in my Rollfilmkamera that is perfectly fine with color film. AFAIK, there was no color roll film available anywhere yet in that time frame (though lots of ways to shoot color on plates or sheet film).
    Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.

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