I’ve mentioned numerous times on this blog that I’ve previously owned and extensively shot with a Voigtlander R2A, a camera that I had previously kept when I sold my Leica M6. In the end though, I sold the R2A to my mate Ben just after I bought the Leica M7, but whilst I am more than more than happy with the M7, there has always been a little nagging feeling that I should have kept the R2A as a metered back up. Yet despite having this nagging feeling, I’ve never been that motivated to buy another R2A… The Voigtlander R3A on the other hand … Well in the end that was a camera I just couldn’t resist having a go with.
Over the course of my Voigtlander R2A & R3A review, I shall (as usual) go to some pains to describe the various features that these two very similar cameras share, but before I get into that, it seems logical to describe their differences… Or more accurately, their difference…
The Voigtlander R2A & R3A Viewfinder & Rangfinder
The Voigtlander R2A has a .68x magnification viewfinder, which is not far off the magnification of the standard 0.72 magnification of most Leicas, including my M7. But unlike the M7 et al, the Voigtlanders have – via a three way switch on the top – a manually selected frame line. The R2A also only has 4 sets of frame lines: 35, 50, 75 & 90mm (35 & 90 show together). This is compared to the 6 in the standard Leica M7 which adds 28 & 135mm to the frame line party.