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Voigtlander Bessa-L Body - 35mm Rangefinder


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Overall condition 8.5/10

Comes with 6 months warranty.

Serial number: #00019887


The Bessa L is a scale focus Leica Screw mount camera with TTL metering,  best suited for 35mm and wider lenses.  It is ideal for the Voigtlander 12/5.6, 15/4.5, 21/4, 25/4, 28/3.5, and 35/2.5 lenses.  Scale focusing means you turn the distance scale on the lens barrel to match the distance of your subject.    IF scale focusing is a new idea for you, it's actually fast and easy to get excellent results when shooting wides.  Rollei sold over a million Rollei 35 cameras with scale focus 40/2.8 lenses.  A viewfinder is not included with the camera.


  • 39mm Screw Mount.  

  • Mechanical shutter speeds 1 to 1/2000th plus B -- with the mechanical shutter you can still take pics even if the battery dies.  

  • Modified Copal shutter with two sets of blades to ensure light tightness.  T

  • TTL metering with LED readout on the back edge of the top plate

  • Flash sync 1/125th, standard PC connection

  • Mechanical Shutter Lock: the advance lever must be pulled out slightly to release the shutter

  • Body weight just under 12 oz with battery -- very lightweight

  • Interior Metal die cast body construction, exterior plastic top and bottom covers

  • Very comfortable short lever advance

  • Mechanical cable release 

  • Easy loading swing open back  

  • See Thru Film window to show whether the camera is loaded.

  • The L sounds more like a quiet SLR than a quiet RF. 

  • With its TTL meter readout on the back edge of the top plate


  1. https://www.cameraquest.com/voigtbl.htm

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Category: 35mm camera, range finder

Type: 35 mm camera

Vendor: Voigtlander