Bessa 46

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The Voigtländer Bessa 46 is a folding 120 rollfilm camera made in Germany by Voigtländer, it was introduced in 1938 and takes 16 4.5×6cm in 120 or 620 film. The Bessa 46 is part of the Bessa series of cameras, this camera and the Bessa 66 are sometimes called "Baby-Bessa" or "Klein-Bessa", due to their compact design. [1] Both cameras fit comfortably in a coat pocket, and are just slightly larger than the 35mm Vito.

This camera had initially an optical viewfinder with (Inverted telescope or Fernohrsucher), this camera has an automatic film stop which has to be released and the film counter must be manually reset with a slide on the front plate. Later a version with sports-finder and simplified film transport was launched. The shutter release protrudes from the side of the front door and retracts when folding. Several lens and shutter combinations can be found, but a "Moment" or hinged yellow filter on front of the lens was used in prewar models.[2]


  • Country of origin: Germany
  • Manufacturer: Voigtländer
  • In production: 1938-1940
  • Film: 16 6×4.5cm exposures on 120 film
  • Lens: Voigtar 75mm f/3.5, Skopar 75mm f/3.5, or Heliar 75mm f/3.5
  • Viewfinder: Sports finder and optical-viewfinder in "Deluxe" models
  • Shutters observed:
    • Compur, speeds T-B, 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 300
    • Compur-Rapid, speeds T-B, 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 500
    • Prontor II speeds T-B, 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 175
  • Dimensions: 128 × 80 × 97mm (35mm folded); weight 480g


  1. McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). Page 953.
  2. Baby-Bessa details at the Voigtlander Archiv by Heinz Schöbel