The Fellsphoto Vintage 6x9 Gallery
Voigtländer Bessa with 105mm f3.5 Heliar lens and Compur-Rapid shutter
Post-war model without the hinged yellow filter and lens-mounted 'brilliant' viewfinder.
(temporary photos of identical camera borrowed from Jurken Kreckel's ebay sale (CLA'd: winning bid £347))
actual 1946 list price not yet known, but the catalogue shows that the price in 1939 it was £23 7s 6d with the Heliar lens
with the 3 element Helomar lens £18 7s 6d ~ with the 4 element Skopar lens £20 17s 6d
A 1939/1946 RPI price comparison suggests the Heliar version cost £41 12s in 1946.
|Bessa E||1939 price||compared to 2009 RPI||relative to 2009 average earnings|
|Heliar||£23 7s 6d||£1070||£4100|
|Skopar||£20 17s 6d||£959||£3660|
|Helomar||£18 7s 6d||£867||£3310|
The pay of a craftsman in 1939 was £4 1s 3d a week, a labourer £3 1s 8d.
At a time when there was no credit as we know it and you had to literally have the money to buy something, this was a seriously expensive camera.
So the Heliar version cost almost six weeks of a craftsman's wages. Whereas today £4100 is almost 9 weeks average earnings.
Price comparison today might be with a Canon 1D Mk4 with 24-105mm zoom £4296.
Photographs taken with this camera on Fuji Provia 100F film:
|Red Beck, Ennerdale Water||Blencathra from Bowscale Fell||track to Great Mell Fell|
|Wastwater and Wasdale Head||view south from Sail to High Stile||Loweswater and Mellbreak|
|Skiddaw and Blencathra from Rowling End||Keskadale and Newlands Hause from Rowling End|
this on Fuji Superia 100 negative film:
|on the Whittlesey bird reserve|
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