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    Quote Originally Posted by skahde View Post
    Not exactly a copy. The same camera, made by Fuji, and sold under different names in different parts of the world.
    That's right it's what's called " Label Engineering"they were probably made in the same factory, but sold under different brand names at different prices to suite the market.
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    Voigtlander Bessa III

    I've been looking around and thinking about getting a BessaIII for some time now mainly to be used for landscapes... It would be however between this or the Mamiya 7II I have heard there is a slight problem with using filters on the BessaIII but as I will take plenty of time to take each photo I wouldn't be bothered by that.

    Has anyone got any opinions on both the cameras to try and help me decide what I would choose?

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    I have one (Bessa) on loan for a fortnight, and the things that immediately struck me were its relative lightness (compared to older folders), and the clarity of the viewfinder. This one's seen a fair bit of use, but apart from a minor bit of brassing around the wind knob, it's an impressively solid modern camera. The filter thing would annoy me a little bit (obsessive user of Orange filters), but I do like being restricted to one focal length. It would be a great travel camera - I am keen to see how accurate the metering is and have loaded it with Ektar today to test it...

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    I haven't yet used the bessa III but I have used the mamiya 7II and I found it very nice and easy to use. The only thing that would trouble me with this against the bessa III is that it doesn't fold which would be nice and the cost of the lenses are quite steap. Having a fixed lens isn't a downfall I don't feel as many good rangefinders have these as the 6X7 and 6X9 fuji. Let me know how it is with that film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertV View Post
    Indeed a remarkable camera.

    ...

    Just to have an impression:
    Bessa III 667, Retro 100 TONAL E.I. 80, AM74 1+9 6:00 minutes. Ravenstein my hometown.



    That's a beautiful photo. It has a nice timeless quality to it, and seems very sharp everywhere.

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    So after all this time, are folks still liking this camera? Holding up pretty well? More example shots from it?

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    I'm using this camera for a very short time and I like it a lot. The only complain is the guide lines in the viewfinder are skewed (about 8° to the right), so basically, every picture I took is skewed too. Is it a "feature" of this camera or should I service it ASAP? Second problem: the rangefinder patch is not vertically aligned, but since it is accurate, it is not a big problem.

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