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Old 10-02-2009   #1
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Post Bronica Photos... Any format is fine. I just want to see some Bronica photos

Hi Everyone,

I need some help pushing me over the edge to buy a Bronica outfit. Please post some photos from your Bronica, PLEASE! Any format or model is fine by me.

I bought a S2A a little while ago and discovered I like medium format photography. Now, I want a complete outfit, so please post some photos. I am looking at a SAqi and SB with a 40mm, 50mm, 80mm and 150mm lenses. Also, included in package are two film back, a Polaroid back and case.

Here are my contributions to start things off.

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Old 10-02-2009   #2
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You do know that the Polaroid back is a paperweight?

Search this forum for photos by wclavey. He has a Bronica, 3 Nikkor lenses, backs, prism, etc. He also has a pair of Mamiya TLRs and lenses. I use a Pentax 6x7, 45-105-150 lenses and a Hasselblad with an 80mm Planar. I'm not convinced that you could tell the negatives apart on a light table. Except for the 6x7 part. Grinning.

Enjoy the Bronica.
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From my Bronica ETRSI, 75/2.8. Bronica S coming soon



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Bronica C + 75mm Nikkor or 50mm Nikkor









Any of the early era Nikkors are great lenses, though the 50mm is spectacular IMHO. Very close focusing, sparkling clear with lovely out of focus quality.
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Of course - pictures from a Bronica are immediately distinguished from those of other cameras by the experienced and discerning eye!
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You do know that the Polaroid back is a paperweight?
Aren't there still instant films available from Fuji?
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No electronics in the B
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No electronics in the B

I love Bronica and have had S, S2, S2a, ETR, SQ, SQ-A and B models.

Have always been pleased with the result. Just want to make sure you know that the B model has no options for metering. None of the electronic addons will work on the B. It was designed as a mechanical (simpler) version of the A and A1 series. From a resale standpoint, you'd be ahead to buy an A/A1. The only reason I bought a B was that I got it in mint condition LNIB for $275 about ten years ago, with waistlevel and 80mm lens.
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Some great images in this thead ... MF rules!
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Of course - pictures from a Bronica are immediately distinguished from those of other cameras by the experienced and discerning eye!
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Dave: thanks for a bit of sanity here.

But just for sh*ts and giggles, here is one shot with a SQA. In fact, almost all of my South Apopka series http://bobmichaels.org/SouthApopkaIntro.htm was shot with a SQA

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Aren't there still instant films available from Fuji?
Yes. Does anyone know if the Fuji products work in a Polaroid-Bronica back?
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Bob,

Great series of photos. Just wonderful.

Please keep the photos coming.

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Bronica C + 75mm Nikkor or 50mm Nikkor
Any of the early era Nikkors are great lenses, though the 50mm is spectacular IMHO. Very close focusing, sparkling clear with lovely out of focus quality.
Gee you can say that again! Stunning pics.
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Hi Everyone,

Thanks for posting. Sadly, I had to walk away from the SQB and lenses I had my eye. I had a friend, who is a camera dealer, tag along with me to give the camera final look over. He indicated that the bodies and lenses were in good shape, BUT that they all needed to be CLA'ed. Estimated CLA cost 45000 yen or 500$ USD. I had to pass.

I want to thank everyone for posting photos. The photos have got me thinking my hefty Bronica S2 is a fine camera and all I need it are two more lenses, especially the 50mm.

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Old 10-05-2009   #18
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I have a 75mm and a 135mm along with the 50mm, but I almost never take the 50mm lens off the camera. My version is the f3.5 (Nikkor-H) which is large diameter but fits very flat to the camera - almost a pancake lens if that is the right term. There is an f2.8 version (Nikkor-O) that is not as large diameter-wise but length-wise is longer. I am tempted by the extra speed of that lens but not by the price.
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I am just trying to revive this thread. I sold my Bronica S2 because I was given a Pentax 67 with two lenses. Though the Pentax produced some great photos I did not like it. It was simply to heavy for eye-level focusing. So it languished on the shelf until I found beautiful Bronica SQ-A with a 80mm f2.8 and 40mm f4. I am overjoyed to be using it. It light in comparison to the Pentax and I love the waist-level viewfinder.

Below photos taken with Bronica S2 and Nikkor 75mm f2.8
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Some more photos. Please post yours. Photos taken with Bronica SQ-A and 80mm and 45mm.
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Some more from the Bronica EC


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With the 50mm Zenzanon


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Some close up with tube


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Mike (and all other contributors here), some very fine photos. After having sold my Hasselblad C/M 500 some time ago, I might be interested in the Bronica 6x6 system some time soon ... Everything a little cheaper and I like what I have seen from the results of the Nikkor lenses.
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maddoc,

You cannot go wrong. I like the SQ-A over the S2 simply because of weight. The S2 is heavy. The one thing that shock me was the older Bronica 6X6 cameras have a top speed of 1/1000. The later SQ cameras have a top speed of 1/500.

If you can find an SQ-B try it. It is a scaled down version of the SQ-A and SQ-Ai. The SQ cameras use the Bronica lenses and older S series cameras use the Nikkor lens along with Kormura lenses. Both Nikkor and Komura are very good.

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You do know, of course.....

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Hi Everyone,

I need some help pushing me over the edge to buy a Bronica outfit. Please post some photos from your Bronica, PLEASE! Any format or model is fine by me.

I bought a S2A a little while ago and discovered I like medium format photography. Now, I want a complete outfit, so please post some photos. I am looking at a SAqi and SB with a 40mm, 50mm, 80mm and 150mm lenses. Also, included in package are two film back, a Polaroid back and case.

Here are my contributions to start things off.


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The SB is simply a SQa that is fully mechanical. No electronics. No metering, etc. I can use the components from the SQ but none of the electronics will function. I had an SB because it was inexpensive, but soon became tired of pure mechanical operation. All the accessories you will find for it are usually for the SQ, so you are simply foregoing the automation. The body is identical as I recall, and there are no lens differences.

I had used most of the models of the ETR line up to including the ETRSi and found Bronicas to be marvelous cameras. The ETR(s) are the smallest SLR 645 cameras of most manufacturers.

All Bronicas are Leaf Shutter in the lens, so flash sync is widely covered.

I also occurs to me that if you tire of 6X6 sqare, but become enamored of Bronica Glass which is marvelous, you may find yourself longing for the Bronica GS1 for 6X7 in a lighter, leaf shutter choice over the Mamiya RZ or RB.

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The SB is simply a SQa that is fully mechanical. No electronics. No metering, etc. ..........................
Did you mean the SQai? My SQa has no electronics other than the electronically controlled shutter in the lens, similar to the SQb.
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Yea...But... doesn't your SQA have?????
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Yea...But... doesn't your SQA have?????

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Did you mean the SQai? My SQa has no electronics other than the electronically controlled shutter in the lens, similar to the SQb.
Electrical contacts in the top near the focus screen for a metered prism??? I thought the A could use a meter prism

The "B" has no electrical contacts for metering or other peripherals.

I could be wrong... I thought I was once, but it turned out I was right, so I was wrong about thinking I was wrong. Rules of the game... two wrongs do not equal one wrong??? Is that right
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You cannot go wrong. I like the SQ-A over the S2 simply because of weight. The S2 is heavy. The one thing that shock me was the older Bronica 6X6 cameras have a top speed of 1/1000. The later SQ cameras have a top speed of 1/500.

If you can find an SQ-B try it. It is a scaled down version of the SQ-A and SQ-Ai. The SQ cameras use the Bronica lenses and older S series cameras use the Nikkor lens along with Kormura lenses. Both Nikkor and Komura are very good.

Anyway, goota go.
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You are correct there are electrical contacts on top, so a metered finder can be attached.

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Electrical contacts in the top near the focus screen for a metered prism??? I thought the A could use a meter prism ...........................
You are correct and I was wrong. I pulled the prism off my SQA and saw the contacts you are talking about. All these years and I never noticed them. I have two prisms, neither a meter prism.
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Bob,

The meter prism are expensive in Japan. I see them from time to time. They usually run about 20,000 yen or 260 USD$. That is more than I paid for the my SQ-A and 80mm f2.8!

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Photos from every witch's favourite shop. Bronica S2 with Nikkor 50/3.5; Delta 3200 Pro (yeah, it's dark in this shop). Most shots at about f/5.6 and 1/60 to 1/125. No lens hood, so flare from the windows in some cases.





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One more thing...

A nice thing about the old focal plane Bronicas (S, S2, S2a, and through the EC series) is that the excellent Nikkor optics cannot, to my knowledge, be bodged onto modern digitals with any kind of adapter. Their lack of built-in helicals means you'd need some sort of whopping great adapter with a helical in it (unless you mount bellows, maybe?) that would be impractical, expensive, and heavy. Therefore in the lens market you're not up against hordes of DSLR and micro four thirds users (and concomitant inflated prices) the way you are with M42 lenses, old Leica glass, etc.
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