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Leica M mount 35mm film cameras with metered manual exposure
Classic Black Paint in standard or Anniversary editions, Silver Paint available only in Anniversary editions
The finder is very bright, with a very bright RF focusing patch, as well as bright easy to see framelines.
R3M Finder 1:1 life size, 40/50/75/90 framelines
Rangefinder Base length of 37mm: This translates to an effective rangefinder base length of 37mm for the 1.0x magnification R3A. In other words, the R3A's rangefinder is 74% as long as the standard .72 Leica M finder.
Mechanical Shutter, 1-1/2000 plus B manually selected speeds: the shutter works without batteries
This Shutter is the quietest of the Cosina Voigtlander Bessas, roughly the same as the Leica M8
Electronic Flash sync 1/125th, via hot shoe or PC connection at the end of the camera near the rewind lever. It is worth mentioning the PC connection is much better located at the end of the camera, then at the middle of the back of the top plate where it is continually in the way on the Leica M series.
With a mechanical shutter, if the batteries die you lose the meter, but can still take pictures. The batteries are easy to find SR76, and the camera has low electricity consumption.
Two 1.5V Alkaline batteries(LR44) or Silver batteries(SR44). I like the meter being powered by only two small easy to find LR44 batteries, not the often hard to find Lithium batteries used by some camera manufacturers.
Centerweighted TTL Metering for ambient light read off the outer light tight shutter curtains, with a more heavily center weighted pattern than previous Bessas.
RED LED readout at the bottom of the finder: -2, -1.5, -1.0, -0.5, 0, +0.5,+1.0, +1.5, + 2.0.
The meter display activates after the shutter is advanced and the shutter release is pressed. The display goes out after you shoot, or about 10 seconds after you remove your finger from the shutter release. The red LED readout at the bottom of the finder is easy indoors, but still very usable outdoors.
Low Batteries are indicated by blinking LEDs at the farthest ends of the shutter speed readout.
EV1-19(ISO 100, F4, 1 sec.-F16, 1/2000 sec), ISO 25-3200
Manually set Film Speed ISO 25 to 3200, no DX
The R3M has 75, 40/90, 50 combinations.
Ratcheting film advance, 45 degree standoff and 120 degree advance stroke
There is NO shutter lock on the R3M.
Size: 135.5(W) x 81(H)x 33.5(D)mm, 430 grams.
Takes standard Bessa Accessory Grips and Trigger Winder
To rewind the film, push in the rewind button on the camera, and rewind the film by first raising the end of the rewind lever. When the film is rewind, pull back the lever at the base of the rewind knob, raising the rewind knob to open the camera back.
Camera Film Back release is a lever located at base of rewind knob.
Film reminder window on camera back