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VoigtländerBessa 66 Baby Bessa

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1938. 120 film, self-erecting folding camera, 6x6. For the US market there was a "Baby Bessa Jr." without an exposure counter. Also was manufactured after the war (1948-1950).

Voigtländer: Bessa 66 Baby Bessa camera

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by gaby » Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:39 am

Voigtländer Bessa 66 is a folding camera, manufactured by Voigtländer& Sohn AG, Braunschweig, Germany,and produced in 1938. Bessa 66 also known as Baby Bessa. PRICE 500 USD
Film: 120 roll, picture size 6x6cm on Bessa 66
Focusing: manual front focusing, guess the distance
DOF scale: a turning knob, on the right of the top plate
Shutter: offered various shutters like Gauthier Prontor II 1-1/175, Compur Rapid
Cocking lever: on the lens-shutter barrel
Shutter release: like lever shape, on the front cover, retracted when the camera is closed
Viewfinder: simple folding frame finder, later models optical folding frame finder, in Deluxe models optical viewfinder
Others: Self-timer; Flash PC socket on the shutter; Hinged back cover w/red window; Camera leg; Tripod socket 3/8 inch; Engravings on back cover: Voigtländer logo, Bessa 66, Germany.
Body: metal, Weight: 471g
Serial no. V 2339105
Caractéristiques générales
Le Bessa 66 est un appareil photo utilisant du film bobine 120 aux spécifications modestes conçu pour la photographie amateur de tout les jours.
C'est un appareil photo bien construit ayant un boîtier et un panneau avant en métal recouvert de cuir et est capable de s'ouvrir automatiquement à la simple pression d'un bouton.

The lens-shutter assembly is supported by the front panel, and connected to the body by the bellows leather. The names "Voigtlander" and "Bessa 66" are embossed on the back of the unit and there is a "V" embossed on a disc in the center of the front panel. Metal fittings are painted black enamel and the one above are coated with chromium.

Press the button on the base of the camera brings out the front panel. The camera is designed to use the 120 format film and takes twelve poses in the format of 6 x 6 centimeters. The Bessa 66 has a non-coated Voigtar target of three elements, the focal length is 75mm with an angle of view of 52 degrees and it has a yellow filter permanently mounted on the ring of goal.

A filter is hinged so that the filter can be removed, if necessary, the field of view for shooting. The lens is designed for a development ranging from 3 feet to infinity by simple rotation. The depth of field is indicated for any openings is provided on a scale placed on top of the device. The maximum aperture is f3.5 and the optical system incorporates a Prontor II shutter inside same objective.

The shutter speed has the following tiering: 1, 1/2, 1/5, 1/10, 1/15, 1/25 1/50, 1/100, 1/175 of, and B and T, is tensioned by a lever mounted on the target board and is triggered by the lever located on the front panel. In addition, the shutter has a timer, which is activated by a separate lever on the lower part of the valve ring. There is also a socket for a cable release. The room is accessed through a door that opens 180 degrees and it includes a red window to observe the installation number when the film advance. To open the back it is necessary to proceed in two stages, firstly rotate a lever under the device 90 ° and then tighten the two spring tongues of one and the other ends of the door edge. The locking lever under the unit serves as once extended from the foot to the camera, for among other things, during long exposures. A tripod socket (3/8 ") is incorporated in the locking lever. On top of the camera we find the key to winding the film, a depth of field calculator and a folding viewfinder. The viewfinder does not have parallax adjustment.
1938 Voigtlander Bessa 66 TODAY
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