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REVIEW: Voigtländer Bessa 6x9 1929-1949

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-02-17


Voigtländer Bessa 6x9 1929-1949

Specs:

Lens: Voigtländer - Braunschweig / Anastigmat Voigtar 11cm f/4,5
Aperture: f/4,5 - f/22
10 bladed aperure
Shutter: Pronto
1/250 sec to 1 sec plus a B and T setting

Takes standard 120 film
6x9 images format


Image quality


f/4,5
Really sharp center but the corners don´t look that great.

  f/11
Nice and sharp

  f/22
Have a small light spot in the middle.
But sharness is really good even here.
Voigtländer Bessa 6x9
                            1929-1949
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f/4.5 - f/11 - f/22


Bokeh
f/4.5
The depth of field is extreamly small when you have a 6x9cm negative.
And this don´t always look good.
f/11
You can stop it down and still have some nice bokeh
Voigtländer Bessa 6x9
                                      1929-1949 Voigtländer Bessa 6x9
                                      1929-1949


Build quality

Extreamly good build quality!
All metal and made to last.


Conclusion

This is have the ergonomics of a brick if you try to use this handheld.
But you can loose alot of sharpness very easely handheld, even at the fastest shutterspeeds.
Its not a must but very recommended to use a tripod.

The fastest shutter speed uses a very taut spring and the vibrations can cause that you lose some image quality.
And on my copy the hole front part moves a little when I release the 1/250 shutter speed.

Image quality is what I expected from this old gem.
You will not be extreamly impressed wide open but stop it down and this is awesome.
Best at about f/11 - f/16 and with that big negative size you still can get some nice bokeh even here.

Thumbs up:
Image quality if you stop it down
Light weight (for a 6x9cm format)
10 bladed aperure

Thumbs down:
Corner sharpness wide open
1/250 shutter speed have a very taut spring which can cause that you lose some image quality



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Technical Info
Scanner: Epson V700
Film: Kodak Tmax 100
Developer: Kodak D76
And I used a tripod for all the images.

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