I’m waiting for a package to come in the mail. It’s a Voigtlander (Cosina) Bessa – R3M rangefinder and an LTM to M mount adapter. I’ve been shooting film for years on antique and vintage cameras with varying amounts of success. Usually they either work well for a while and quit or they barely work as I fight to make images with them. I thought it was about time I buy a working camera to continue working on street photography.
This time I’m buying myself a camera that isn’t three-times my age. I’m going to use my Canon 50mm f/1.8 LTM lens (previously attached to a FED 2 rangefinder) on it using the adapter. It’s a beautiful lens and it definitely helped keep the price of a new camera low since I won’t need to buy matching glass for it. Now all I have to do is make up my mind between color and black and white film. It’s true that I could just use my dSLR and shoot both black and white and color, whithout the added expense of film, but an SLR is a camera for a different type of photography (which I also enjoy), and there is something about shooting on film that I enjoy.
I know that someone will wonder why I didn’t buy an old Leica M3 for close to the same price as the Voigtlander. I would have, but they’re now pushing 60 years old and are still way too expensive. The Bessa, on the other hand, is fairly reasonable and still fairly new.