A man­ual-fo­cus rangefinder camera crafted by one of the old­est brand names in pho­tog­ra­phy, the Voigtlän­der Bessa-R4M Wide An­gle 35mm is com­pact and light­weight

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Rangefinder shoot­ers will love that this camera has built-in par­al­lax-pro­jected frame-lines for 21, 25, 28, 35, and 50mm lenses. This fea­ture of­fers tremen­dous con­ve­nience — ditch the ac­ces­sory viewfind­ers and sim­ply frame and fo­cus directly from the built-in one. Its widest 21mm frame-line, paired with a me­chan­i­cal shut­ter re­lease — mak­ing it pos­si­ble to use the camera even with­out bat­ter­ies (al­beit, sac­ri­fic­ing me­ter­ing) — is, above all, de­signed with lush land­scapes and sweep­ing vis­tas in mind. Aside from the wide-an­gle viewfinder, all other fea­tures of the R4M are iden­ti­cal to those of the Bessa-R3A — in­clud­ing a bright viewfinder and quiet shut­ter. It has a sim­ple LED me­ter­ing dis­play along the bot­tom of the viewfinder that dis­plays ex­po­sure in­for­ma­tion in .5 ex­po­sure val­ues, glow­ing red for un­der-/over­ex­po­sure and green for cor­rect ex­po­sure. The Bessa-R4M’s rewind crank fea­tures a dou­ble joint for ex­tra com­pact­ing, and a lock­ing switch be­low to pre­vent ac­ci­den­tal open­ing. A man­ual viewfinder dis­tance-ad­just­ment switch sits next to the non-ded­i­cated hot shoe, while the camera’s power but­ton is a sim­ple switch wrapped around the shut­ter re­lease. Rub­ber wraps around the mid­sec­tion of the camera for added grip, and a sub­tle thumb grip is lo­cated on the film door, while the el­e­gant chrome let­ter­ing of ‘Voigtlän­der’ adorns the top plate. It uses a bay­o­net Le­ica M-type lens mount that ac­cepts all 39mm screw­mount lenses (with the ap­pro­pri­ate adapter) from the man­u­fac­turer, Canon, and Le­ica, as well as M-type bay­o­net lenses from Le­ica, Mi­nolta, and Kon­ica.

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