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Q. I purchased a Voigtländer Bessamatic SLR about 40 years ago
in Germany. Recently I foolishly left my camera bag in my car on a hot
summer day and damaged the viewfinder. Since I have a considerable investment
in lenses and accessories, I need to 1) get the viewfinder repaired
or 2) get a replacement Voigtländer SLR or 3) find another camera
which will accept the bayonet-mount lenses. Because the old German company
has gone out of business, I am at a loss as to where I can turn.
Ward W. Danekas
Franklin Grove, IL
I recently found out that Stephen Gandy is the exclusive U.S.A. importer
of Voigtländer products. I believe he can also direct you to repair
facilities. You can contact him on the web at: http://CameraQuest.com/inventor.htm.
When I checked his site, I did not see any mailing address or telephone
number for him, but there were a number of new and used products listed
that might fit your requirements. I hope this helps you get your accessories
into gainful use again.
Owners Manual Search
Q. I have enjoyed each issue of Shutterbug and always look forward to
the next issue. I have a question about where to obtain an Owners Manual
for a used light meter I recently purchased. The reference librarians
at our local library were not able to find out where to obtain an Owners
Manual and I do not have Internet access. It is a Knight light meter
by Allied Radio, model number KG-275A. The meter appears to be both
an incident-light meter and reflected-light meter, having a white plastic
slide with half-bubble on top. Do you have any suggestions where I can
obtain an Owners Manual for this light meter?
are a couple of places I refer most readers to for old photo manuals.
But, I don't know if they carry instructions for brands of products
that are not typical, such as your Allied Radio meter. I have included
the website addresses, too, as you might be able to access them from
a computer in your library, as I did a few years ago when my computer
was out at the shop being repaired. Try: John S. Craig, PO Box 1637,
Torrington, CT 06790, (860) 496-9791, www.craigcamera.com/ib_a.htm;
or Finger Lakes Photo Books, PO Box 1002, Elbridge, NY 13060, (315)
491-1188, www.photobooksonline.com. There is another website for camera
manuals: www.manualsrus.com. We are pleased to hear you like the content
of our publication.
Sharpness Sweet Spot
Q. I have a 4x5 Graphic with two lenses, a 135mm Schneider Xenar f/4.7
and a 240mm Schneider Tele. All of the equipment has been in storage
for almost 40 years. I have taken both lenses and shutters to a camera
repair shop and had the shutters cleaned and timed. They provided me
with a data sheet with the correct shutter speeds listed. I intend to
use the camera to do landscape photography. Since film (positive) and
processing are so expensive, where can I inquire to find data related
to f/stop sharpness? I realize I could do a test using various f/stops
to check for accuracy, but I would like to avoid this testing due to
the expense. I am aware that stopping down is normal and required to
stop residual aberration, which can never be corrected 100 percent.
Stopping down to f/32 is not always the best f/stop for the sharpest
slide. Please advise me how to find out the data I need for sharpness.
Russell B. Meyer
Las Vegas, NV