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Voigtländer 'Baby Bessa'
'Klein Bessa' Model 66 with 75mm f3.5 Skopar lens and 9-speed Compur Rapid shutter
The Baby Bessa with Voigtar lens in the 1939 catalogue. My post-war version no longer has the hinged yellow filter shown:
click on the catalogue to read it
The price of £6/10/0 shown in the 1939 catalogue is for the 3-element Voigtar lens and Prontor II shutter and would be equivalent to £299 in 2007 by RPI, £1190 compared to average earnings.
The1945 price is not yet known, but the RPI calculator suggests it would have been £9 6s 9d. However, prices for the optical viewfinder version Bessa 66 show that being fitted with the 4-element Skopar lens would add £2 or 20%.to this taking it to £11 6s 9d making the comparable 2007 price £521 by RPI and £2080 when compared to average earnings.
How to open a Baby Bessa
On the base or underside of the camera see a 2" long lever. It's a safety lock.
Swing it out 90 degrees to the front of camera. With it pointing out, and at the same end of the camera, hold the body firmly and squeeze the two serrated chrome ends extending from the black end bar. Pull the back away from the main camera body.
This page was last modified on 28 December 2010 at 14:00.