The Saga Continues
While the Leica is in the shop, I got permission to use my wife’s Voigtlander Bessa R3a along with the 28mm lens, not too fast at f3.5, but what the hell, there’s plenty of light out there right now.
Since the R3a doesn’t sport framelines wider than 40mm, I used the accommodating Voigtlander metal viewfinder, which is very bright and contrasty – honestly, brighter than the built-in viewfinder on my Leica M6 TTL. Oftentimes I don’t use a viewfinder anyways, so I don’t have trouble with that.
There I go, snapping away, finishing off my wife’s roll (Kodak 160VC) and happen to walk across our “lab around the corner” after work. “papi, papi, papi” I heard. Mind you, I live in a hispanic neigbourhood and usually don’t pay attention to some language I don’t understand.
Until somebody grabbed me at my sleeve, I recognized the lab lady’s kid “my mom was looking for you”. “Can you develop some b/w for me?” she asked… “sure” I replied and started rewinding the Bessa, in order to get the color roll developed.
After like 5 turns, the rewind crank broke off. Fuck, the second camera breaking on me within a week. The design of this piece is especially delicate, the folding crank has a hole in it, in order to reveal a screw’s head. Now, if the screw’s head would be shorter, the crank won’t need a hole, thus be sturdier. Interestingly, Voigtlander has changed the design on the newer Bessa models.