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Voigtlander Bessamatic CS

View of the central lock and the bayonet from the company Deckel. The designation of the bayonet is "DKL" or German unit bayonet. Some camera manufacturers used this bayonet - unfortunately with small mechanical changes, so that it is not easy to exchange lenses.

Voigtländer Bessamatic CS DKL Deutsches Einheitsbajonett

Voigtlander Bessamatic CS

The Skoparex 3.4 35mm was the strongest wide angle from Voigtländer for the Bessamatic.

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Voigtlander Bessamatic CS

Unfortunately I don't own a Dynarex 3.4 90 or Dynarex 4.8 100mm yet. So there is a small gap in my lens park since after the Septon2.0  50mm is followed directly by the focal length of 135mm. Super Dynarex 4.0 135mm. A really small but fine lens.

Voigtländer DKL Bessamatic CS Super Dynarex 4 135mm

Voigtlander Bessamatic CS

A close-up lens - Voigtländer called this "Focar" adapted to a Voigtländer Septon 2.0/50mm (a terrific lens!).

Voigtländer 135mm und Focar D

Voigtlander Bessamatic CS

The strongest wide angle - actually made for the DKL connection of the Retina Reflex III / S. With a small intervention on the bayonet, you can use these lenses on the Bessamatic models without restrictions. Learn more here.

Voigtländer Bessamatic CS mit angepasstem Kodak Retina Schneider Kreuznach Curtagon

Voigtlander Bessamatic CS

My absolute recommendation - you should afford this lens for your Bessamatic: Septon 2.0 50mm - a dream of a lens!

Voigtländer Bessamatic CS Septon 50mm

Voigtlander Bessamatic CS

My longest telephoto lens for the Bessamatic. Voigtlander Super Dynarex 4.0 200mm.

Voigtländer also offered a 5.6 350mm - unfortunately I've always been outbid at an auction house, so this lens doesn't live with me yet.

Voigtländer DKL Bessamatic CS  Super-Dynarex 4,0 200mm

Voigtlander Bessamatic CS

This picture was taken with a Voigtländer 4/135mm with a Focar D. I adapted this combination to a Sony A7III for this photo.

Voigtländer 135mm und Focar D


Voigtländer Bessamatic and lenses for the Kodak Retina Reflex


I like to shoot with my Voigtländer Bessamatic cameras. I also often adapt their lenses to my Sony A7III, especially the Septon 2/50mm.


Unfortunately Voigtländer only offered the 35mm focal length as their most powerful wide angle.

Not so Kodak for its Retina Reflex, here there was an Eurygon 2.8/30mm from Rodenstock or a Curtagon 4/28mm from Schneider-Kreuznach.


Both camera systems (and other manufacturers) used the Compur bayonet developed by the German company Deckel from Munich, the so-called "Deutsche Einheitsbajonett" - DKL.

Unfortunately it is not possible to use different lenses on different systems. The manufacturers have built in small changes on the camera side that do not allow an exchange of lenses between systems due to the design.


To be able to use Kodak Retina Relfex lenses on Voigtländer Bessamatic cameras, a small surgical operation on the bayonet is necessary, which you can see in the video. A small piece of metal has to be cut off the bayonet by milling.


My son Julian performed the's really quite simple - take heart and enjoy a variety of new lenses on your Voigtländer Bessamatic!!!!!


Here is the video in German:

Video Weitwinkel für die Bessamtic

Here you can see this video in english:

Here you can see where the notch needs to be milled. In my experience, it doesn't depend on the millimeter!

Bessamatic Kodak Retina Reflex DLK Bajonettvergleich
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