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Subject: Vs: [Leica] Re: Bessa R _ Skip Williams reference
From: "Raimo Korhonen" <>
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2000 22:12:19 +0100

Hi Jem!
Where you got the information that the Bessa R has a variable magnification viewfinder? From their web pages I found it impossible to decipher and at LUG nobody seems sure about what the magnification is. Some also suggest that the longest focal length catered for is only 75 mm.
All the best!
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Lähettäjä: Jem Kime <>
Vastaanottaja: '' <>
Päivä: 16. tammikuuta 2000 17:27
Aihe: RE: [Leica] Re: Bessa R _ Skip Williams reference

<snip> The Bessa-R seems to have a viewfinder of the type used by 
>Canon in the 1950s on the VT model whereby there is an option of 
>magnification available to the user. A lever sets the magnification to 
>offer a 35mm field of view (I'm unsure whether there is a frameline or 
>not), then with a turn of the top mounted lever it can offer a 50, or a 
>75mm setting. The 35mm setting also seems to offer the 90mm option, I'd 
>presume this to be a second frameline.