Voigtlaender's New Medium Format Camera Revisits The Past
By James Grahame
The Voigtländer Bessa III (€ 2,000 / $ 2,700) is a traditionally styled medium format camera with folding bellows lens. It shoots 6x6 (nominally 56mm x 56mm) or 6x7 (56mm x 70mm) images that squeeze every last grain of detail from a roll of 120 or 220 film. Of course, you'll only get a dozen or so hand-wound shots before having to change the roll.
The Bessa III is equipped with a manually focused six element f/3.5/80mm lens. Mercifully, the shutter is electronically controlled with speeds ranging from 4 to 1/500 seconds. The device also offers electronic center weighted average metering with exposure compensation. In short, it's a curious mix of vintage and modern design. Available May 2009.
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