Bessa II


Voigtlander Bessa II samples

These are some shots taken with a Voigtlander Bessa II 6x9 with Color-Heliar 105 mm f/3.5 lens and a Synchro-Compur shutter. By lack of a scanner that can handle 120 film I photographed the colour negatives on a light box with the white balance adjusted to the unexposed orange frame and inverted them in Photoshop. This is no ideal, as it is difficult to get rid of colour casts, plus you don't get a real idea if any problems are related to the negatives or the conversion process. Getting prints would be better but is not cheap. The film was Kodak Ektra ISO 100.

The by now standard shot outside my window. There appears to be a light leak at the top of the frame, this is not a reflection of the window as it showed up in a few other photos. A few sneaky threads from the bellows also managed to get into this and all other frames, so will need to get the scissors out before I load the next roll.

This and the next few photos were taken at the foothills of the Cairngorms near Spittal of Glenshee. It was a nice bright day in early spring with most vegetation still recovering from the winter snow.
The light leak at the top of the frame is visible here too. I rescanned it a few times under different conditions to make sure it was not a reflection on the negative during photographing, but it always came out the same.
I can't remember the exact settings, but I think I used f/8 and 1/250s. The cairn in the middle on which I focussed was about 3m away.

Surprisingly the light leak appears to be gone here, but it shows up again quite badly in the next shot which was taken a few weeks later. I guess this makes sense as I usually wind the film right after taking a picture.

This is the Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales, made famous by the Harry Potter movies. Steam trains occasionally still ride this line! But not this day. It was foggy in the valley (as seen in the background) but the plateau was bathing in bright sunshine.

Here I tested the Color-Heliar with aperture fully open near its closest focus. I found that the rangefinder is a little off as I focussed on the eyes but the actual focal point is about 10 cm further back. To avoid camera shake I didn't want to set the shutter time too short, so the photo was somewhat underexposed and therefore the colours not great.
The framing isn't prefect either, the Bessa II has no parallax correction so I had to guess a little.