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5 frames with the Voigtländer Bessa R2M and 35mm f/2.5 Classic – by Andreas Kaczmarek

After nearly 11 years of absence from analogue photography I reentered the scene at around 2014 with a M42 system. However, I find that SLR cameras are too heavy to me and so I started looking for something different. Of course I have heard of the magical analogue film Leica cameras and lenses and started looking into this direction.

Unfortunately the Leica cameras are quite expensive, but then I found out about the Cosina Voigtländer cameras and so started also looking for those instead – I soon found one for a reasonable price.

My favourite camera now is my Voigtländer Bessa R2M and I use it most of the time with my Voigtländer Color Skopar 35mm f/2.5 Classic (LTM mount). Next to that lens I own 50mm and 90mm Elmar lenses from Leica, a 25mm Snapshot Skopar from Voigtländer and a Russian Jupiter-8 50mm. I also use a Yashica MAT124G from time to time and a Rollei 35.

This year we visited a village-museum in the Bavarian forest and I used my beloved photo-combo with a Fujifilm Superia XTRA 400 film.


The museum is located in the Bavarian forest and it consists of more than a hundred historic houses from the 17th to 19th century. We visited the museum in autumn after the summer vacation time was over, so there were not too many visitors around.

I took the opportunity to get a few shots without having any people in the frame. I set the exposure spot on for most of the images with metering towards the shadows. For some images I overexposed 0.5 to 1 stop which gives slightly muted colors.

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    Scott Edwards
    December 22, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    absolutely lovely!

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      January 23, 2019 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you!

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    Evan Bedford
    December 22, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    My main beef with the Voigtlander (can’t remember exactly which iteration I had, but it had the dial on top to change the choice of lenses used) was that the rewind lever seemed quite flimsy. I always thought it was going to snap.

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    December 23, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Oh, I love this museum. Just perfect for a day with a camera. Unfortunately we’ve been there in my pre-analog-time.

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