Topic: Voigtlander Bessa (post-war, viewfinder version)
Picked this up for £15 recently from an antique shop in a lovely bundle including fine leather case, yellow filter + hood, and a Johnson's Standard Exposure Calculator. Obviously a much-loved and used camera by its previous owner. Shutterspeeds were sticky below 1/25 but it came apart remarkably easily to squirt some lighter fluid in and get them running again (and amazingly, went back together almost as easily).
I love the engineering of it; when you press the opening button, not only do the bellows pop out but the little viewfinder pops open automatically and the shutter release lever emerges from the front plate too. Beautiful Skopar (Tessar-type) 105mm ƒ/3.5 lens that's uncoated but really clean, and seems very sharp across the frame. Shutter's not named but runs from 1 sec to 1/200 with B and T.
The pics aren't exactly Ansel standard but cut me a little slack - my first time loading 120 in a Paterson reel and developing it (I have done a fair bit of 135, but never got the nerve up for 120 before). FP4+ in Aculux 3, 20 deg C for 6½ minutes. I think I could be hooked on folders now though - got another 6x9 coming soon (a slightly older, 1930s I think, Beier Voran that's described as absolutely immaculate).
My "scans" aren't too great - had to bodge up a makeshift lightbox to take pics of the negs with the NEX, but I didn't get the light distribution too good. I hope to improve on that. The negs are huge and beautiful though.
Last edited by SteveFE (2014-02-21 09:20:28)
Favourite M/F lenses: Nikkor 50/1.4 pre-AI, Zuiko 50/1.4, Flek 35/2.4, SP 35-80/2.8-3.8, Macro-Tak 50/4 preset *NEW* Jupiter-8 and more rangefinder lenses to come!
Favourite (and only) AF lens: Sigma 12-24