Bronica 120J Back SQ-A

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by cherryrig, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. cherryrig

    cherryrig Member

    Messages:
    95
    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Location:
    Gloucester,
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    I've been thinking just to spice things up a bit should I get a 6x4.5 back, square is fun but just to have a change a little once in a while.

    Does anyone on here own a Bronica SQ-A 120J back to say what they think of it. Also because of the "cropped" would it make sense to make a DIY mask to drop on top of the screen? Just an idea

    Cheers
     
  2. glbeas

    glbeas Member

    Messages:
    3,307
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2002
    Location:
    Roswell, Ga.
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I had a couple for a while. Put a roll of film in then then never used them. Only reason to would be to get more frames on a roll. You definitely want to mark the screen for them.
     
  3. r-brian

    r-brian Member

    Messages:
    617
    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2003
    Location:
    Albuquerque,
    I have a 120J back but honestly don't use it that often. Mainly use it if I shoot color print film, that way I get nice 4x5 prints back. I did make a mask out of a colored Wratten filter that I drop on the ground glass. Works fine. It is nice to have the option of shooting square or rectangle without cropping the square image. I just naturally composed to what I see in the viewfinder, so find it easier to have the 2 backs. Plus you get the extra 3 shots on a roll from the 6x4.5 back.
     
  4. Colin Corneau

    Colin Corneau Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,871
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2007
    Location:
    Brandon, MB
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    I have the 220 back for my SQ-Ai for 645. It's a good option to have, although usually I use MF to shoot square.

    If you like that format/ratio, it definitely makes a difference having a larger neg...although TMax films are amazingly fine grained in 35mm.