Voigltander Bessa medium format folder

Boathouse dock, Lake Champlain

Pulled out another of my old medium format folders, this one a Voigtlander Bessa with the Anastigmat Skopar 10.5cm f4.5 lens in a Compur shutter.  This is the model without the cover over the viewfinder. It’s no beauty but does the job. The lens is reasonably clear and the bellows intact. The shutter speeds seem close enough throughout the range and the aperture opens and closes smoothly.

The biggest problem is that the red window on the back is fogged enough to make reading the film counter a pain. In fact, I skipped a couple of frames trying to read the number through the window. This seems to be a problem with a lot of the old folders.

Voigtlander Bessa


2 Responses to “Voigltander Bessa medium format folder”

  1. Can you share with me how to close this camera – I have one, and cannot figure out how to collapse the lens and fold it shut.


    • Sorry for the slow reply, I had to dig my camera out. The front should close if you press the silver tab on the front edge of the cover.

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