Three Voigtlander Bessa film rangefinder cameras, one VM lens and many accessories discontinued

Cosina Japan officially announced the discontinuation of the Voigtlander Bessa R2-MR3-M and R4-M film rangefinder cameras and their 15mm f/4.5 ASPH II lens. Here is the full list of discontinued products:

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  • sperdynamite

    WHat?! No more Bessa’s in production at all? That stinks.

  • daniel evan rodriguez

    But will the A (battery dependent, auto exposure) versions still be in production, if they haven’t been discontinued already?

    • Les

      Products are only listed as discontinued when stock runs out. That can happen years after the last unit has been made. For instance, do you think that Nikon is still running a production line for the F6? They probably haven’t built any in 10 years, but it’s still a current model because they haven’t sold-out.

      • JCM3

        According to CameraQuest all their film cameras have now been discontinued (the A models were discontinued about a year ago). Interestingly…

        “The last R3M’s and R4M’s have yet to be produced – Voigtlander will probably fill all existing orders by the end of 2015.”

  • fjfjjj

    Manufacturing efforts probably being redirected to making the 25mm Zeiss Otus and lord knows what else.

  • Kivi Shaps

    Sad day, these are great cameras for the money. Now is film dead?

    • MB

      Yep, film is dead … so lets buy some film and have some fun while our old film cameras work …

    • KiAAA

      Leica still makes 3 film cameras, including the M-A released in 2014. “It’ alive!”

  • Mistral75

    4 news in 7 days, including two notices of Leica store openings, a third-party give-away and Cosina discontinuing a bunch of old products.

    And nothing re. Leica SL, not even the pieces of information widely spread on other websites…

    Admin, your NDA sucks! 🙂

    • Sorry, no comment…

      • Timothy Rule

        Well, time to ditch “Rumors” from the name then…

        • Many sites reports rumors and they don’t have “rumors” in their name, there are also rumors websites that haven’t reported – valid rumor in a long time. It’s all relative and constantly changing.

          • Mistral75

            Admin, I see you a great future as a politician 😉

          • LOL 🙂

    • FountainHead

      I don’t see Admin’s business advantage in blacking out the upcoming camera/lenses just to play with them for a few days. I think Admin would be better served financially by reporting what everybody knows.

      • It’s a funny thing, when I started this website back in 2008, I was getting so much hate mail about the rumors part. Every online forum had a negative discussion about LeicaRumors. Some people wrote multiple blog posts on how much they hate me… 7 years later, it seems that things have changed and readers do want Leica Rumors. BTW, I never stopped reporting rumors if you look closely at my post from the past few months.

  • Gus

    So many “cheap” and GREAT film cameras available from Ebay etc.
    With ebay’s easy 45 day return policy/protection, along with this supply dynamic, how can you go wrong & therefore why buy new?

    • KiAAA

      At some point those old cameras will be too old to be serviceable. But that may be at least several decades from now.

      • Gus

        Doubtful – As a working technician in the field of servicing cameras & lenses, non-electronic cameras only require simple maintenance items (oil, grease, solvent & know-how) to bring them back to life. Parts requirements are rare, even with 80 year old units, you can produce your own curtains or bellows…

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