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    Bessa-R? verdict?

    This camera catches my eye as a poor man's Leica. The Bessa-R 35mm lens packages go pretty cheap. I'm looking for something in this range that will produce good quality 8x10 prints. The only thing with the Bessa-R that worries me is the shutter. I'm looking for something cheap, not too classic, and has german glass (probably wishful thinking!)

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    My friend has a Bessa R and loves it. Just bought a third lens for it, in fact. That said, how stuck are you on a rangefinder and how stuck are you on German glass? I still say a used Olympus SLR is about the best value out there. Well designed, great glass, and small. Don't discount things like classic Canon rangefinders, either.

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    I really like german glass for 35mm. I spent years with a nikon 8008s and thought it took great photos. I then upgraded to a Leica M6, and when I got my first slides back from the M6 I was awestruck to say the least. My slides were jumping off the table the were so sharp and '3-D'. Maybe the question is how does the 35mm Bessa lens (low end german glass lens?) comapre to a nikon or cannon lens?..

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    the bessa r is great, very compact and easy to use, just you and the camera, it's great for street shooting. i was very happy with my till i droped it and the range finder whent way out of wack, now i use it zone focusing, i have read that the bessa r 2 is much more sturdy with internal metal parts as opossed to plastic in the bessa r. the best info on the bessa can be found at cameraquest.com by stephan ghandy.

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    The R2 appears to be twice the camera, but also twice the price so it's probably not an option. We have a Bessa dealer in town so I'll go have a look at them..

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    I love my Bessa R. Made by Cosina. Uses the same body/shutter as some of the low end Nikons.
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    Sean, I have an R2, its great, love it, lenses are probably 90% of a Leica (good enogh for me) and it takes Leica lenses. If you are interested its for sale, I bought an M6 at a bargin price recently and some things have to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by livemoa
    Sean, I have an R2, its great, love it, lenses are probably 90% of a Leica (good enogh for me) and it takes Leica lenses. If you are interested its for sale, I bought an M6 at a bargin price recently and some things have to go.
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    Sean,


    This is a site that sells and distributes voightlander in US. Lots of info about lenses, cameras, closeouts etc. Might be worth a look.


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    http://www.hksupplies.com/ this place also has Voigtlander stuff and ships worldwide.

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