Today I am going to show you some images from SF & Big Sur shot with a Rolleiflex Sl35 and Kodak Ektar Film. If you have never shot with Carl Zeiss lenses, you need to get on it. Kodak Ektar film is the world finest grain film and produces excellent negatives with high contrast & saturation. The Rolleiflex SL35 with 50mm planar lens stops all the way down to f1.8, for dreamy depth of field. It can get as close as 1.5 feet, half the distance of typical 35mm lenses. The sharpness is unlike any other and functionality is smooth as butter. If you want to check out some of my work, head to my website. And if you are in the market for a new camera or just want to browse, head to my etsy store. Enjoy!
When I picked up this camera the first thing I noticed is the West German craftsmanship that existed in the late 1950s and 60s. The Bessamatic is noticeably heavier than most SLR’s of its time, but feels just right. The camera is extremely easy to operate, especially with the built-in selenium light meter that requires no batteries. I have been testing this camera for about six months only using the built in light meter & the results are very accurate.
The Bessamatic is a 35mm SLR camera may by Voigtlander in the 1960s. They are the oldest camera company in the world. In 1959, a competitor, Zeiss, bought them outright. The camera uses a leaf shutter and has a sync speed with flash of 1/500. The most common lens is the color skopar f2.8 50mm. The intimate soft focus images have the most beautiful bokeh. Dreamy soft focus can been achieved when shooting around f2.8 or f5.6 and you are very close to the subject.
This camera is an all around workhorse. The Bessamatic is great for shooting landscapes. I have spent hours walking around some of America’s most beautiful areas, New England & California, holding this beauty. I’m always stunned with the quality that comes back. After testing landscapes that require hyper focal sharpness, this camera and lens combination operates best at f5.6.
Cool Vintage Cameras have this Voigtländer Bessamatic in stock that is in mint condition, professionally tested, and comes with a leather case & neck strap. This camera is very rare and will go fast. If you are interested please check out our listing on at Etsy. We also carry a wide range of vintage cameras and accessories that suits all your needs.