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R2/3/4A discontinued?
Old 03-10-2015   #1
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R2/3/4A discontinued?

Not to spread any rumors here, but I noticed that on web sites of German photo dealers, R2/3/4A cameras have all but disappeared; also, on the official Voigtländer Germany site, only the R2/3/4M models are now listed. Something going on?
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Old 03-10-2015   #2
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Old news actually
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See https://www.cameraquest.com/inventor.htm. All seems well to me.
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kshapero beat me to it. I also still see the bodies and lenses available in that very large store in NY and I'd assume that many stores in Japan will still carry the brand. This said, a quick survey of some European retailers draws a blank.... Interestingly, they do stock lens adapters....
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That just means those shops still have unsold stock. The A models are out of production and will eventually disappear from them too.

From the linked thread:
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for those who did not notice,
the 2M, 3M, 4M series Voigtlander Bessa cameras were lowered $100 in price to help keep them in production

A series cameras are strictly stock on hand,
-- the factory has none left --

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Old news actually
I guess no one reads links in posts...

Cosina announced it on their website on 10th June, 2013 > [Notice of discontinuation] The Bessa A series has been discontinued.

Dealers may still have stock, but once gone that's it for the Bessa A series.

The CV LTM-M adapters have been discontinued for a while too.
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OK, so what Voigtlander products (other than lenses) are currently in production at Cosina?
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OK, so what Voigtlander products (other than lenses) are currently in production at Cosina?
The Bessa M series for one. More details on what's still in production at the link below.

http://www.cosina.co.jp/seihin/voigt/english/index.html
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The illustrious Super Wide Heliar 4.5/15 III...I thought I bought one from that large store in NY, only to find out later that it was the version II which I already owned. I've never seen the III anywhere. This said, I don't mind having two of them. One of my favorite lenses.
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The v.3 of the 15/4.5 has been announced, but not released.

Glad I have my R4A. Love it!

Hats off to Cosina for powering the "RF Renaissance"!!!
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Soon they're be rare and desirable again like their discontinued lenses
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The Bessa M series for one. More details on what's still in production at the link below.

http://www.cosina.co.jp/seihin/voigt/english/index.html
So these are still in production? Glad to hear it -- time for an update to the product line, I think, a la the Zeiss Ikon.
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Oh wow... I must have missed the original post of two years ago...
And I noticed the actual disapperance of RxA models from the shelves just now...

Thanks for clarifying. And a shame, also for the adapters... but good to hear that the RxM models are still in production...
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A shame about the loss of the LTM to M adapters, as Voigtlander made the best modern ones. The CV and Leica's own adapters are the only ones I use.

I learned this the hard way when some junk adapter sold by Adorama nearly ruined the frameline switching in my M7, and took almost a wrench to get off.
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