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    I just bought a Bessa R2a with a 28/1.9 Ultron, 40/1.4 Nokton and 75/2.5 Heliar. I couldn't be happier.
    I actually ended up with 2 of the Heliars, one Silver and one Black. I prefer the black so the silver is going to market.

    You should treat yourself. You only live once. Go for it!



    Happy happy birthday.

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    As I recall, there were a lot of issues with build quality in the early Bessas. Are the new ones better as far as build goes?

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    Buid quality issue... maybe... I have 1 old Bessa L, 1 Bessa T Aniiversary model and 1 Bessa R2a. It's true that the "L" is a light and quite cheapo build camera but work well without trouble.
    The "T Anniversary" with metalic sets/dials is gorgeous, quality of paint is top (mine is the grey version). My favorite modern camera.
    And the R2a, ok not at level of a Leica but it's beautifull (version in lovely grey paint), well made, a pleasure to shot with... What to ask more for that price?

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthewm View Post
    I just bought a Bessa R2a with a 28/1.9 Ultron, 40/1.4 Nokton and 75/2.5 Heliar. I couldn't be happier.
    I actually ended up with 2 of the Heliars, one Silver and one Black. I prefer the black so the silver is going to market.

    You should treat yourself. You only live once. Go for it!



    Happy happy birthday.
    My GAS is acting up, have you sold the extra Heliar?
    Thy heart -- thy heart! -- I wake and sigh,
    And sleep to dream till day
    Of the truth that gold can never buy
    Of the bawbles that it may.

    www.silverhalidephotography.com

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    So I finally bought a Bessa L ... waiting for its arrival. Think I'm going to get the 15 Heliar for maximum scale focus fun. But I'll have no lens money until after XMas :-( I hate having a camera body and no lens!

    Any other good (cheaper) wide options out there? I'm kind a new to the LTM world and all its variations.

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    Well now I have a 15mm Heliar and finder on the way .... woohooooo.

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    Hi

    Any of the other LTM CV wides are good buys.

    Noel

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    Wow these lenses are small!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5stringdeath View Post
    Wow these lenses are small!
    I apologise, small, light, and ok optically.
    If you get the chance try and get the optional lens hood that is available for most.
    They can hold their own against leica lenses, for many applications.

    Noel

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    The 15mm lens is tiny but shoots are big (wide)!!!
    Have lot of fun with that lens!!!! :-)

    Remark: be carefull not shooting your fingers or feets, that lens is really wide!!! I spoiled some nice shoots having fingers on it :-(

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