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    Many of the Bessa lenses are reputed to be very good. You might check Erwin Puts website. He does a very detailed comparison of some of the Bessa lenses against their Leica equivalents. Only drawback I've heard about the Bessa is that the shutter is louder than the Leica.

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    I can now take a bit more time for giving you a critique of my Bessa R. Overall I like it. The reasons are:
    1. cheap
    2. light
    3. brighter viewfinder than Leica
    4. easy to focus, even in low light
    5. takes Leica lenses
    6. 35mm lens that cames with it is razor sharp and contrasty.
    7. doesn't attract attention
    8. good meter
    9. relatively quite
    10. if it got stolen or broken I would be upset, but not heart broken. Cheap enough to just replace.

    I would put the pic's I've taken with my Bessa up to any Leica any day and I would defy anyone to tell the difference.

    I don't know where people get the idea that the Bessa lenses are German or European. They are made by Cosina. Cosina bought the name Voigtlander.
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    i had an r2 with the 35mm color skopar and the 90mm apo lanthar. both were incredible lenses and performed excellently throughout all but the largest and smallest apertures. And, given their excellence, thay are very sheap to buy, even new. I only sold becasue i dont shoot much 35mm then and I wanted to put the money towards my rollei mf set-up. If i went back into 35mm seriously again, i would buy another voigtlander rangefinder set-up. Also, dont forget, if you wanted to push the boat out, you can use the leica m and l mount lenses too.

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    Ya I sold most of my Nikon bodies and only have a Nikkormat FTN left, plus all my Nikkor glass. Never use them anymore, but thought what the heck might as well keep them. Use the Bessa instead.

    I shoot 80% LF, 15% MF and only 5% 35mm. Generally only use the 35mm when weight and or safety might be an issue. The 35mm and 90mm lenses I have for the Bessa are all I need. BTW the 90 is a Leica LTM lens I picked up real cheap. Also very light.
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    Sean buddy, quit monkeying around with this 35mm stuff and use that 'dorff. no excuses now that the tripod is here :P
    hi!

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    Bmac,
    Sean may be intimidated by the Deardorff. It is not an uncommon thing to have happen. Maybe Sean would like to weigh in on this. It think it is linked to that "I don't want to fail" thing.

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    I think it may be more in line with using the Bessa to scope out shots to use the Dorf on. Never hurts to be prepared.
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    lol, well, I am a little scared!!! but the 35mm B&W is giving me a jumpstart on my local photography side business. It could take me a while to get up and running to my satisfaction with the 8x10, so while that's in progress I'll also fire off some 35mm just to get some 'padding' to my portfolio of local work.

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    If that's what your doing Sean I would recommend a MF camera. You can pick them up pretty cheap these days. That way you will be showing photos that are much sharper and better tonal range than the 35mm stuff. It's pretty hard to tell people that if you use the Dorf things will be much nicer than what they are looking at. First impressions are hard to overcome.
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    Now if Bessa would bring out a MF camera....
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