Voigtlander Bessa R3M 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus "M" Mount Camera Body (1:1 Viewfinder) - Black

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About Voigtlander Bessa R3M

The Voigtlander Bessa-R2M and R3M Rangefinder Camera, features a mechanical shutter release, while being otherwise identical in all other apsects to the R2A version.

Thus it is possible to use the camera even without batteries, (however without being able to use the cameras TTL centerweighted light metering).

The R2M offers a .7 magnification viewfinder with 35/50/75/90 framelines, while the identical R3M offers a 1:1 life size view finder, with 40/50/75/90 framelines.

a R2 rangefinder camera, is in itself an advancment over the original Bessa R camera, the R2A/M goes even further improving the camera. With an exceptionally bright viewfinder, a quiet shutter and a simple LED metering system, the camera maintains all of the original Bessa R's outstanding features.

And while many of the Bessa R's parts were made of plastic, the R2 now incorporates them in metal, thearby offering a more solid and durable feeling camera wuth superior rubberized and andonized body covering materials.

With an AE (Auto-Exposure) Aperture Priority mode, and a plus/minus 2 stops compensation on AE which the R2 did not offer, the Cosina-made R2M offers some major improvements going forward still further. The viewfinder features a split image rangefinder patch and brightlines for 35, 50, 75 & 90mm lenses.

The M-type Bayonet Leica lensmount will accept all of the 39mm screwmount lenses from Leica & Voigtlander and Canon, with the appropriate adapter, as well as of course the M bayonet-type lenses from Leica, Minolta & Konica.

It is also compatible with the Voigtlander Trigger Winder, whic was originaly introducedwith the Bessa T model. the Nikon FM3A dioptric correction lenses are compatible as well. The Voigtlander Bessa cameras are very light, unobtrusive cameras ideal for handheld lowlight shooting.

With a smaller distance between the film and the lens mount than SLRs, this rangefinder camera styled guite like the original collapsible Leitz 50/2 Summicron of 1953 vintage, offers you inherently sharper lenses, with the quietest shutter of the Cosina Voigtlander Bessas, nearly as quiet as the Leica M8.

Voigtlander Bessa R3M Specifications

Camera Type
35mm Rangefinder / Intechangable Lens
Extrior Finish
Camera Lens Mount

Voigtlander VM
Bayonet Leica M-type lensmount
Leica, Minolta & Konica M Seies lenses
39mm bayonet-type screwmount lenses (from Canon, Leica & Voigtlander) with appropriate adapters

R2M Finder .7 magnification, with 35/50/75/90 framelines
R3M Finder 1:1 life size, with u40/50/75/90 framelines
Viewfinder Info
LED Shutter speed Light indicator with suggested shutter speeds

Centerweighted TTL Metering for ambient light read off the outer light tight shutter curtains
Heavier center weighted pattern than previous models
Exposure Modes
AE Aperture Priority, or Manual
Metering Range

At ISO 100 with 50mm f/1.5 lens: EV 1-19

Mechanical Shutter
Shutter works without batteries
Shutter Speed
1-1/2000 plus B Manually Selected Speeds
Flash Sync
1/125th second
Rewind Lever
Push rewind button on the camera, rewind film by first raising end of rewind lever.
pull back lever at base of rewind knob after film is wound
PC Terminal
Flash Mounting
Hot Shoe
Power Source
Two 1.5-Volt LR44/SR44 Batteries
Batteries Indicator
Blinking LED indicates Low Batteries
Diopter Correction
Accepts Diopters used for Nikon FM3A
Self Timer
Multiple Exposure
ISO Range
25-3200 (manually set)
Film Back Release
A lever located at base of rewind knob
Accepts standard mechanical cable release
5.4" x 3.2" x 1.4"
136mm x 81mm x 35mm
1 lb / 430 g
Manufacturers One-Year Warranty
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SHARON A  I wanted a film rangefinder and particularly like the 1:1 brightline viewfinder and the ability to use it with either eye. It's sturdy without being too weighty with smooth mechanics. I've found it to be a pleasure to use.

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