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The Voigtlander

Affair

 

An outfit in Japan, called Cosina, who makes lenses and cameras for many manufacturers in Japan came out a few years back with a 15mm lens in Leica screw mount for any such camera, but in particular for its own model Bessa L. Cosina had worked out a deal with the old Voigtlander optical company in Germany to revive the name. Later, they came out with the Bessa R, a "retro" 35mm rangefinder in Leica screw mount, which is the simplest of 35mm cameras. Light, small and using Leica screw mount lenses means that there are more lenses available for these cameras than perhaps any other camera in production.

So, I got a Bessa L with the 15mm lens and it is super....later I obtained the Bessa R, a 75mm, 35mm, and 25mm lenses. Here are some of the results.

As I get less and less walking and standing capable, these light, small items are usable for me....and a photographer like me should be able to use 35mm.

All images here are on Arista 400 (HP5+) shot at ISO 1600 and developed in HC110A (1;15 from concentrate) for 5.5 minutes....some are in Ilford's DDX. DDX is very expensive and the HC110A seems to do just about as well, if not better..... and its a lot cheaper. See what you think.

Of course, there will be more of these.... expanding into other pages, but for now, these are a few of the things I have been working on....

 

Keep Shooting and having fun!!!

 

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