This camera with a very long lifetime is the predecessor of the Bessa II.
Improved version of the Bessa 1935 without brilliant finder, but with a coupled rangefinder.
All models have a 1/400 Compur-Rapid shutter but can be fitted with four different lenses :
- Skopar 3.5/10.5 cm
- Heliar 3.5/10.5 cm
- Helomar 3.5/10.5 cm
- Color-Heliar 3.5/10.5 cm
As several Bessas it uses 6x9 and 4.5x6 exposures on 120 film and shutter release on front door.
60,000 Bessa RF were made.