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Voigtlnder Bessa-R2M, Bessa-R3M and 50mm f/2 lens

Voigtlnder have just announced the Bessa R2M and R3M Special Edition cameras in celebration of their 250th Anniversary.

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Voigtlnder Bessa-R2M, Bessa-R3M and 50mm f/2 lens
They are based on the well proven and popular R2A and R3a models, but are manual with mechanical shutters. The cameras will be available in Silver or Black, and will be supplied with a new lens; the VM mount 50mm f/2 Heliar Classic. This lens has similar styling to the original Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron of 1953. The f-stop spacing is not linear and it has clicked half-stops between f/2 and f/11. A small focussing knob is built into the lens for faster and more precise focussing and it is possible that this is the only multi-coated collapsible 50mm f/2 lens ever made in Leica M-mount.

This will be a limited production run of 2,500 units, and stocks are expected from July.
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spaceman 17 5.3k 3 Wales
I've always wanted a rangefinder camera. Anyone care to oblige?
wing 17 456 United Kingdom
Look for the Olympus 35RC in good condition on eBay.
Great results from a Little camera with a great lens, and lots of new spares/accessories still available from Olympus.

Paul
epic1 18 5 England
Well,I thought photography was discovered in the 19th Century and 35mm cameras were initialy developed by Leica last century. Voigtlander must be congratulated, but what was their first camera like in 1756?
You'll find answers here

They were an optical company (probably made microscopes like Zeiss did/do) in their early days.
spaceman 17 5.3k 3 Wales
Thanks for the tip Paul.
I've found a UK dealer taking orders for the R2M/R3M at 600 each plus VAT. They have "250 Jahre" on the top-plate - is this the limited edition bit, as opposed to the R2M/R3M as a whole? I was just thinking, it'd be expensive to design the machanism for the camera and kit out a factory or source production for only 2,500 cameras, especially when they're selling for 'only' 600 each, retail.. I wonder if, after 2,500 units, Cosina/Voigtlander will just drop the anniversary text from the top-plate and continue production. (wishful thinking, because I want one!)
Isn't a Bessa R2A simply an electronic shutter, Aperture Priority update of the manual shutter R2? In which case, isn't the R2M just an R2 with an R2A rewind knob and '250 Jahre' written on the top?

Still, as you can't get new R2's anymore thats not neccessarily a bad thing, the price aside. Wish they came in the superlative olive green colour though!
Ah! I think you're right - I didn't realise the old R2 was mechanical.

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