If you have ever held a Voigtländer camera from the 60s you know that they are quite heavy. This isn’t a bad thing though as the cold metal feels very sturdy in your hands. The Voigländer Bessamatic Deluxe was not cheap. They were high quality cameras and that’s exactly what they feel like.
The Voigtlander VSL 1 is a camera with an interesting and somewhat complicated history. It was originally launched in 1971 as Zeiss Ikon SL706, the last camera of that famous company before its demise just a year later. Zeiss Ikon assets were sold to various buyers, among them Rollei which acquired the SL706 design and the rights to another famed German name – Voigtlander.