|Posted: Tue May 27, 2008 8:20 pm Post subject: Voigtlander Bessa 66
|This folder is from '37 or '38 and seems to be a pretty deluxe model. It has an auto stop feature on the film wind, so you use the red window only to get to 1. Otherwise, it's a left eyed, left handed camera. There's a cute little foot that folds out so the camera can stand on its own.
The uncoated Skopar has beautiful tone with color, the built in flip-out yellow filter is a mixed blessing - useful for b&w, but it precludes the use of a lens shade. Compur shutter with speeds up to 300.
I think the Bessa 66 and its reincarnation Perkeo were amongst the smallest of 6x6 MF folders. Here it is side by side with an OM2s:
and next to a Bessa 1 6x9
The lens is very good, though focusing can be an act of faith to one used to SLRs, TLRs and coupled RFs. The best thing is I got the Bessa and a Gossen Luna Pro SBX for $25 total!
I like this photo, I took it without locking the folding part so one edge is in focus while the other isnt:
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