Voigtlander Bessa-R Camera and Lens Test
Checking out a Voigtlander Bessa-R (Leica Thread Mount body) with a Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm 1:2.5, and Yashica Yashikor 5cm 1:2.8 on Kodak Ektar 100 film.

As with all screw mount cameras, lens changes are not something you do in a hurry (it's why I got rid of my M42 SLR way back when, and switched to Nikon). But the Bessa-R is not a camera you need to be pushing the envelope with.

Based on the Leica M series, this Cosina built model utilizes the Leica M39 lens mount (LTM), and uses almost all of the glass from the original series of bodies (Leica I, II, and III series in all their iterations). Cosina also made Leica M mount, Nikon S mount, and Contax C mount versions of the same body.

It has something most of those camera never did (until the M6), and that is a built-in metering system. It works fairly well, though it's shadow area reading is better than the open light areas.

This is my first use of the VC Color-Skopar 35/2.5. I like the way it's built, except for the bayonet mount lens hood, but I'll live with it. The Yashikor I've used before, and while not a stellar lens, it gets the job done. Very good at close distances.

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