Bronica GS-1

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Joe O'Brien, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. Joe O'Brien

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    I currently have a Bronnica SQ system and I've been very pleased with the quality of the gear. I've looked at the GS-1 out of curiosity and I've seen I could very nearly trade in my SQ system for a GS-1. I like the 6x6 negative, but I'd also like to try working with the 6x7. I do most of my work outdoors and without people, so the lack of compatibility with a flash system is alright by me. The GS-1 does have a 6x6 back, so I'm wondering if there is any reason not to trade in?
     
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    I have a GS-1, and no reason to be concerned that I can think of. Perhaps it's a little bigger/heavier? AFAIK, the GS-1 works with flash, even can do TTL with right setup- I've never used it with flash.

    It's a nice system, with great lenses, and quite reasonable.
     
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    The GS-1 is fabulous. Of the 6x7 SLRs, it's about the most compact and with the Speed Grip and AE Prism it handles like a big 35mm. The only thing I really dislike is the MFD, so I bought the 36mm extension tube for getting up close. The 6x6 back is nearly impossible to find, but there are enough 6x4.5 backs that they're relatively easy to fine.
     
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    I hope this is not considered a hijacking of a thread....

    I've been considering GS-1 as well. Only thing that concerns me is that unlike RZ or RB (Mamiya), the back does not rotate. Does this cause discomfort in everyday usage?
     
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    On a tripod it becomes a bit unwieldy, but hand-held it's not so bad.
     
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    Rotating back on the Mamiya 6x7 is nice for sure... Bellows provides a good MFD even without extension tubes though they're available too. Cheap kits these days as well, hard to believe they're thousands of $$$ new.
     
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    Also there's that fancy thing Bronica made, which allows a tripod-mounted camera to turn on its side but keep the lens on centerline. Can't remember what it's called...
     
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    Every time a thread like this comes up, I find myself espousing the merits of the GS-1 without the speed grip and prism. My system came with both, but I think that I enjoyed it even more when I swapped the fancy bits for an old-fashioned WLF. It really is a wonderful system, with or without the fancy bits. The Bronica lenses are oustanding. I really would reccommend picking up a second (or third) back. The only problem I ever experienced with my system was in Sao Paulo Brazil, with no hope of an emergency CLA, kicking myself all along for trusting my system so implicitly...

    Cheers
     
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    Handy though those finders and winders are, without them my 645 is really much lighter and less bulky. I find for verticals a small rectangular pocket mirror allows me to compose without contortions.
     
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    Here's a shot with the GS-1 and 200mm lens on Portra 160 VC. Probably should have used NC.
     

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    Joe, I too am a proud owner. Many have pointed no rotating back and small lens selection and to that I say how many do most people have that they actually use, 3 maybe 4. I can also turn my wrist faster than than it takes to rotate a back, and mounted on tripod, vertical is one hand lever away. Tamron did this one right, lens clarity is superb. I was lucky enough to find one with an 80mm 2.8 which I believe was only made near the end of production.
     
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    I'd like to hear more about this - I thought their 80mm was only f/3.5??
     
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    This is a great point Dave, I've got a 50mm and 80mm for my SQA and I can't imagine needing anything more than mabe a 150mm or 180mm telephoto. I don't think that I will find the slim lens selection a problem.
     
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    Bronica GF-1

    I also purchased one last week and waiting to test it out. I have the 150 lense for my portraits and NOT sure if I should buy the 65 for groups. I mainly use my Canon 5D MK2 for my weddings BUT I want to use this for my portraits. Cant wait to try it. Just a question off the subject: What lab do you recommend that will do a nice job in developing and proofs AND I know that the film will have to be HI res. scanned to make any adjustments with PS. rollsman
     
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    Hi, I would like to tag a long in the discussion since I am on the fence between GS-1 and RZ67. I know there has been a lot of discussion. My main question is this.
    Which is worse:
    1. Using GS-1 for portrait on a tripod (assume non-rotating prism), OR
    2. Using RZ67 handheld

    Also, i cannot find any picture comparing the size between the two. Does anybody have both and care to take a side by side picture?
    Cheers
     
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    This should be interesting. :D
     
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    Sorry Folks, My mistake, Tony is right it is 80mm 3.5.
     
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    I've used a GS-1 that was loaned to me and as much as I like the ETRS, had I tried the GS-1 at the time I opted for the ETRS, I'd have opted for it instead. Having the 6x7, 6x6 and 645 formats would have satisfied me even at the loss of the 35mm capability I use quite a bit with my ETRS. As for lenses, I have a decent selection but in the end only use 2 for most of my work.

    The beauty of the Bronica system for me is the shutter in lens vs shutter on body and the ability to build a camera that feels good and meets the want of the moment in versitility.
     
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    I owned a GS-1 for years, and tried a RB67 before.

    Using an RB67 handheld means in the first line, you have to carry it to the place where you want to use it. If you are always in a studio or if you live in your car and never walk, or if you have an assistant, it's a great camera, especially for macro shots I myself hated it because it is simply too big and too heavy.

    Using a GS-1 on a tripod is no problem as long as you use the prism finder. The waist level finder is useless if you want to take shots in portrait mode. It's a great camera, surprisingly small and lightweight, and it's reliable. In winter, take a spare battery with you and get the extra battery compartment. If you are into macro photography get the 150mm macro lens, extension rings are hard to find.
     
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    I only know a 110 mm Macro lens for the GS 1 did I miss something?

    Cheers Armin
     
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    The trick is to stand to the side and look down at a small mirror held at an angle so you can see the focusing screen. The image will be right side up and unreversed.
     
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    Oh come on, it isn't that heavy! I hand hold mine all the time, often with a 35mm SLR around my neck and a backpack full of bodies and lenses on my back. No pack animal or entourage of assistants is required, it weighs like 6-7 lbs. You guys act like it weighs 50 lbs.
     
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    Yes, sorry, you are right.
     
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    Depends on how much one can carry. I like to travel lightweight.
     
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    I sometimes like to travel with a camera that is small and lightweight too but in that case I'll take a 126 Instamatic which fits in my pocket. If I'm going to carry a medium format SLR then a 4lb GS-1 or 6lb RB67 doesn't really make much of a difference.

    Anyways, I didn't want to derail the thread, just dispell the myth that the RB67 weights that much more than a GS-1.