The Bessa R is a 35mm coupled rangefinder camera with focal plane shutter and TTL metering system. Described as "the paradigm of design simplicity" by Voigtlander, the Bessa R delivers superior sharpness and image rendering with straightforward manual operation.
The Bessa R is composed of a durable die-cast aluminum body, so streamlined that it fits comfortably into the palm of the hand. Weighing in at only 14.2 oz. (395g), the Bessa R travels easily. Available in both retro silver or black bodies, the Bessa R features an L-screw lens mount, a mechanical 10-second timer, and an X-synchro contact flash terminal synchronized at 1/125 seconds or less. Film speed range for the Bessa R is ISO 25-3200 in 1/3 steps, and the camera features an exposure coupling range of EV 4-19.
|Format||35mm Rangefinder camera|
|Lens Mount||39mm L-mount (accepts lenses from Leica, Canon, Contax, Voigtlander & others)|
|Exposure Metering||Center-weighted average metering, activate meter by pressing shutter release button half way down. Metering and LED metering lights will remain active for 12 seconds.|
|Metering Range||ISO 100, EV 1 -19, f/ 1.4 at 1 Second to f/16 at 1/2000th|
|ISO Range||25-3200 by 1/3 steps|
|Shutter and Release||Vertically moving metal focal plane shutter B, 1-1/2000 sec.|
|Self-Timer||Mechanical self-timer with 10 sec operating time|
|Viewfinder||Very Bright Combined Rangefinder / Viewfinder with 35, 50, 75, 90 Parallax Corrected Brightline Frames|
|Diopter Correction||no, accepts nikon fm10 diopters|
|Remote Control||standard mechanical cable release|
|Power Source/Battery||Two 1.5V alkaline batteries, LR44 or SR44|
|Dimensions||5.3" x 3" x 1.3" / 135.5mm (W), 78.5mm (H), 33.5mm (D)|
|Weight||14 oz. / 395g|