Canuck said:In another fit of illogical impulse buying, I am THINKING of getting a smaller 35mm RF like a Bessa R. Anyone use these little beasties? Opinions?
I've actually had similar notions but with the Bessaflex TM in mind rather than the RF. I have a fair bit of screw mount glass, and shoot it with Spotties. The Bessa's features intrigue me, but I've not heard much about field durability. Does anyone here have experience to share about the 'flex TM?
The Cosina/Voigtlander Bessa T - one of my personal favoritesRussian bodies:servicable, but less reliable than either a Bessa or a Leica ltm plus they lack the build quality and elegance of a Leica ltm and the ease of use and modern slickness of a Bessa R. That being said, Fed and Zorki ltm's are pretty solid cameras as are the Kiev Contax knock-offs, the glass is usually damn good and both used to set one back less than $50 usd in the US (before we started burning dollar bills in lieu of oil) with the 50mm so they should be cheaper and more plentiful in Europe.
Here a great site with good info on the zorki and fed families : http://cameras.alfredklomp.com/
I find this site informative and true to my experinces using various cameras he discusses.
Hmm, it's interesting to look back on this comment from 2004 and see how far used Leica prices have fallen in the subsequent 4 years.the Leica has one big advantage (beyond the shutter noise and the lousy RF of the earlier Cosinas) - íf you buy a used one today, the price is set for the next decade, you´ll always get back the same money you paid for it.
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