That price is a bit on the high side for a Bessa-R although not unreasonable. I would expect to pay $175. However, keep in mind that this camera is no longer in production, and demand for it has risen slightly, which often has the effect of pushing the price up.
I no longer have my Bessa-R, although I have a Rollei 35 RF, which is a near-clone of the Bessa-R2, right down to its ever-so-slightly misaligned rangefinder, which seems to be Cosina's legacy with these cameras.
Thanks for the reply. I guess I might get it down a few dollars if I try. Of course I have to pick up a lens as well. You wouldn't know what a reasonably fast wide angle might cost, that can shoot on, say, f1.8?
I've actually had similar notions but with the Bessaflex TM in mind rather than the RF. I have a fair bit of screw mount glass, and shoot it with Spotties. The Bessa's features intrigue me, but I've not heard much about field durability. Does anyone here have experience to share about the 'flex TM?
I have a Bessaflex TM that I use with all my M42 screw mount glass. I've been using it in the field for about 2 years with no problems at all.
I have an R2 and an R and they are certainly alot nicer to use than a Leica ltm but as was mentioned much louder and not as durable.
My R2 slipped from my shoulder after what seemed like 24hrs of ring shopping with my soon to be wife and even after 2 trips to the very talented Mr. Gandy's repair shop it was never the same. Me neither.
Holga: if it was any more analog, you'd need a chisel.
I have the Bessa R2 and 35mm lens sold as a kit. The lens is remarkable, sharp, nice contrast. I have come to the conclusion that I'm an SLR man and don't use it much. Might sell it some day. It's too nice a camera to sit around.
In life you only get one great dog, one great car, and one great woman. Pet the dog. Drive the car. Make love to the woman. Don't mix them up.
Most of the Cosina Voigtlander lenses seem to hover around $250-$350, but I haven't checked the prices for quite a while, and a high-speed lens (f/2.0 or faster) seems to add $100 or more to the price.