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    Bessa R3A with flash: Yay!

    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.

    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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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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    They call it the LEICA VIEWFINDER MAGNIFIER M 1.25x

    http://www.leica-camera.com/produkte...e/index_e.html

    Naturally, it's more expensive than it should be - around $230.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    You guys have some serious toys. I'm going to play with my Diana and Isola now

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    Serious toys mean serious fun.

    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    You guys are making me green with envy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canuck
    You guys are making me green with envy
    That would be one of the "Safari" models.

    Sorry, couldn't help it.

    Lee



 

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