The Bessa Camera began production in 1929 by the Voigtlander AG LTd. company. Several models were produced. The later version described here is easily recognized by the concealed pop-up direct view frame finder. This versions production starting in approximately 1939 and continued for two years to 1950, at whcih time it was replaced with the Bessa I. Like the earlier models, this camera was a 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. The camera took 8 exposures 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches, and by inserting a miniature mask the camera would be able to take 16 exposures 2 1/4 x 1 5/8 inches on one roll of film. It featured a brilliant finder in addition to the frame finder. A unique shutter feature was the introduction of a three setting selector for Portraits, landscape and groups. The shutter options included, a Prontor, Compur, and Compur Rapid. It was fitted with a Voigtar, Vaskar, Skopar, or Color Skopar lens, listed in increasing quality and cost.
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