Macfilos author Jörg-Peter Rau in Germany is researching an article on “not-quite-Leicas”. One of the subjects is the Voigländer Bessa R4A or R4M and Jörg-Peter would be prepared to buy one at an acceptable price.
Do you own one of these cameras and, perhaps, feel like parting with it? Alternatively, the loan of a camera for a couple of months would be acceptable, although it would mean sending it to Germany. However, the two-way shipping costs will be reimbursed.
If you can help, please leave a comment and I will pass on the details to Jörg-Peter so that he can make direct contact with you.
Here’s the Wikipedia entry on the Bessa R4:
Bessa R4M and R4A (wide-angle rangefinder)
Announced in October 2006 at Photokina, the Bessa R4M and Bessa R4A were the first Leica M-mount cameras to include framelines wider than 28 mm. The R4-series keeps the same features as the R3-series but utilizes a wide-angle-specific viewfinder with .52x magnification and framelines for 21, 25, 28, 35, and 50 mm lenses. Like the previous limited edition R-series cameras, the R4A features aperture-priority autoexposure, while the R4M features full manual operation, including a mechanical shutter that will continue to work even if the battery (which powers the meter) is dead. The R4M is available in the classic black of the R2 and R3-series, while the R4A is available in matte black.