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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