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  Bessa Camera (early)

The Bessa Camera began production in 1929 by the Voigtlander AG LTd. company. Several models were produced. The early version described here is easily recognized by the pop-up direct view frame finder. This versions production ended in approximately 1938. A well made folding camera that was moderately priced with a several lens and shutter options. The camera was constructed of an aluminum body and covered in leather with nickel plated and black enamel metal parts. It was advertised with a feature of two in one with a half-size mask. The camera took exposures 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches. It featured a brilliant finder in addition to the frame finder. It was fitted with a Voigtar, Vaskar, Skopar, or Color Skopar lens, in increasing quality and cost. There were also three shutter options, a Prontor, Compur, and Compur Rapid.

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