Frankencamera: Cosina 107-SW w/Canon FD 24mm f/2.8

This is a Cosina 107-SW, identical to the more common Voigtlander Bessa L. This is a body with a Leica screwmount and no rangefinder or veiwfinder. It was designed for super wide lenses and you often see it with the Voigtlander 15mm. Stepnen Gandy’s CameraQuest has a Bessa L page as well as an interesting comparison between the Bessa L and the Leica A.

I’ve mounted a Canon FD 24mm f/2.8 on the body using the Canon mount converter B. I don’t have the plastic place that holds the aperture pin in place, so I’ve got a bit of toothpick wedged in there in stead. Seems to work just fine. On the hot shoe is a very rough Leitz 21mm finder. The glass element with the brightline was cracked in pieces and rattling inside when I got it. It was also very dirty. I took it apart and took out the broken bits and cleaned up the glass so that it’s usable. Wrong focal length for the lens, but it gives me a rough estimate of what the lens is seeing. As for focusing, the 24mm has great depth of field so that’s not a problem. In fact, this is my favorite lens from my F1 kit for its field of view and sharpness.

That said, I’m still getting used to guessing what the camera sees and finding suitable subject for what seems wider than I remember from this lens when I used it on an SLR. A couple of early samples, again shot on Fujicolor 200 (got a bunch real cheap a while back and I’m working through my stock.) I’m happy with how the lens does in good light, but because of the DOF thing, I think I may have to go to a 400 film to give this set up a broader and more usable range.


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