Balancing the Bessa R when using compact lenses

Bessa R2A hanging off balance

As I’ve written about in both my Bessa R and Bessa R2A reviews, these cameras don’t hang properly when paired with compact/lightweight lenses, which include many of Voigtlander’s offerings under 35mm. The camera exhibits a backwards tilt due to the lens not being heavy enough to counterbalance the weight of the body, making it very … Read more

Voigtlander Bessa R2A

The Bessa R2A is essentially a Bessa R with two major upgrades: it replaces the Leica Thread Mount with a Leica M-mount and adds aperture priority and exposure compensation. These are quite expensive, averaging around $900 on eBay at the time of writing. Not quite as expensive as a Leica, but prices have been going … Read more

Voigtlander Bessa R

The Bessa R is one of the few rangefinder-style film cameras produced in the last several decades. The R combines the simplistic experience of a rangefinder with a much appreciated (albeit rudimentary) light meter. It uses 2 batteries to power the meter and control shutter speeds, and has framelines for 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm lenses … Read more

Olympus Mju (Infinity Stylus)

The Olympus Mju/Infinity Stylus is my favorite point and shoot film camera. I bought it a couple years ago when I was looking for an alternative to the vaunted and prohibitively expensive Mju II/Stylus Epic. There was (and still is) so much hype around the Mju II, that the Mju is often overlooked, which is … Read more

Pentax ME Super

The ME Super was one of the SLRs designed by Pentax in the 1970s to compete with the famously compact and stylish Olympus OM series. The Pentax is slightly smaller than my Olympus OM-2n in terms of height and width, but the Pentax has more depth than the Olympus.  The ME Super is a primarily … Read more

Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Scanner

With lab fees (developing, scanning, and shipping) costing me around $15-$20 per roll, I knew I had to find a more economical solution if I was to pursue this hobby long term. There are tons of cheap scanners, like the Kodak Scanza and Wolverine Titan, which I’ve tried with lackluster results. These are more geared … Read more

Ricoh Autohalf SE2

After discovering the magic of my Olympus Pen EES-2, I did a deep dive into the world of half frames, searching for others which might be of interest. Olympus is by far the king of half frames with a wide range of fixed lens and even the interchangeable lens Pen F camera. Canon also produced … Read more

Ricoh R1

The Ricoh R1 is unique in the world of point and shoot 35mm film cameras in that it packs two focal lengths, a flash, and several unusual features into one of the thinnest and most pocketable film cameras I’ve ever seen. I didn’t discover this camera until recently because it’s not well-documented on the internet … Read more