Voigtländer Bessa

Another week, another new camera, and some more photos from it. These photos are taken with my “new” Voigtländer Bessa. I posted on here recently with some photos from a film that was still in the camera.

With a camera from the late 1920s-1930s, it seemed fitting to visit a former industrial site – so I took a walk to Bristol docks.

Finally, here are some immature conkers on a horse chestnut tree in Oldbury Court Estate.

The Bessa is a fun camera to use. It looks great, and its fabric bellows turn heads when you wander around the city folding and unfolding the camera.

However, my specimen has a few faults. It has some minor light leaks, and something (I’m not sure what) has scratched the film as I wound it on. There’s a long line running through every frame. The violent action of the shutter release causes a lot of camera shake, and the slower shutter speeds (longer than 1/10 seconds) jam the shutter.

Nonetheless, I’m going to try and fix it up because this is one of my favourite cameras so far 🙂

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  1. […] a project, but I do have some very crude cameras that I thought might work in reverse. Using a 1929 Voigtländer Bessa folding camera, a porridge box and a light bulb, I managed to project a 120-format negative onto my […]

  2. […] projector, but I do have some very crude cameras that I thought might work in reverse. Using a 1929 Voigtländer Bessa folding camera, a porridge box and a light bulb, I managed to project a 120-format negative onto my […]

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