Film Isn't she lovely?


Hall of Famer
Jul 3, 2010
My new old Bessa R3A:

P7280064 by Amin Sabet, on Flickr

I had this combo a while ago and made the mistake of selling it. I thought the Zeiss Ikon ZM would be an upgrade, but it turns out I missed the Bessa. The Nokton too is one of my favorite lenses ever. Great to have them both back!

Ray Sachs

Sep 21, 2010
Not too far from Philly
you should be able to figure it out...
VERY nice. When I was in NYC last Spring, I saw 3 or 4 folks walking around with these older Voigtlander RF bodies - first time I'd ever seen 'em in the flesh.

Nov 11, 2011
Milwaukee, WI USA
Congrats on that beauty, Amin. I owned one for a week. I loved the feel of it in hand, but just can't adjust my thinking to film. I just got an X-Pro1 and it's close to the spirit of the Bessa (without the rangefinder focusing which I miss). I think someone really should make a digital Bessa. If they could make and sell it for around $2000, I'd think they could sell a boatload.


Jan 2, 2011

You can buy these brand-new Ray ... and Luke, ever looked at an RD-1? There are remarkable similarities ...
Nov 11, 2011
Milwaukee, WI USA
Paul, I have looked at the Epson...I believe Bessa helped them make it. It's great for what it is, but I'm spoiled by modern sensor technology. I don;t want a 6MP camera that is noisy above ISO400 (or whatever the specs are) for $2,000. I'm sure sooner or later, someone WILL make that camera again.

And Phoenix will be doing tawdry things to do it.


Jan 2, 2011
nah mate I wasn't suggesting you buy one, just that Cosina made the body and mechanicals .
I'd have one though if it were 50 quid and brand new

and I agree - we must all eschew the tawdry


Jul 15, 2010
Very nice, but lately and even though I still have my fairly modern Contax G2 system, which I used to love before my XPro showed up, still. When it comes to film I only seem to have a fondness for old rangefinders from the 50's and 60s for shooting film. The funny thing is back in the time of their biggest popularity, I only liked shooting with SLRs, funny how we change.
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Hall of Famer
May 7, 2011
Vow, I want one also but I don't think I want to play with film anymore. I think I still have one roll somewhere. Camera/lens look brand new. I see that nokton prices are up lately in Keh since they are no more produced. Enjoy your new camera/lens:)


May 6, 2011
Congrats Amin. Especially on the lens choice. The Nokton LTM has to be one of the most underestimated and undervalued rangefinder lenses of all time. Those whove shot with one know how good it really is. Mine is almost glued to my M9.

Enjoy the new baby.



Hall of Famer
Aug 7, 2011
Jersey Shore
Lovely purchase Amin. I've been among the people calling for a digital Bessa for some time. If I'm not mistaken, Fuji actually makes these cameras. And given the company's X100 and X-Pro, how difficult could it be to create a digital Bessa? Enjoy, Amin!

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