Bronica GS1

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by FM2N, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. FM2N

    FM2N Member

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    Hello All,
    Thinking of purchasing one of these and would love to hear any pros or cons.
    Thanks
     
  2. mgonzale

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    I've had one for a few years and I enjoy it. Without knowing what camera you are used to using, I'll say that it isn't so large that it has to always be on a tripod but it's a big step up from most 35mm bodies. I sometimes carry it handheld for casual shooting. The two lenses I have are the 100mm and 50mm and have been satisfying. I frequently use the mirror lockup feature and it is easy to use. Maybe one big feature you care about that I haven't dabbled in is the metered prism. Overall, I'd recommend the GS1.
     
  3. zenrhino

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    I absolutely love the one I have. The viewfinder snaps into focus, the lenses are really sharp (I have the 100mm and the 65mm) and with the speedwinder, it handles nicely. Plus, there's nothing like a Velvia 50 chrome in 6x7cm. The big downside for me is that there are no fast lenses and it's a dead system. Other than that, I love it to bits.
     
  4. Toffle

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    One thing you may notice is that the market for GS1 accessories is a lot smaller than the other Bronica formats/models, and hence, things can be a little harder to find and a little more expensive. That being said, it is a very sturdy camera and handles quite nicely. I have stripped the speed winder off mine and would like to switch the prism for a wlf sometime soon. (now, if I only had an enlarger that went above 6X6... shoulda thought of that before I bought the GS1 :rolleyes: )

    Cheers,
     
  5. whlogan

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    Nothing but positive from me.... great lenses, backs and service from KEH..... camera is a horse.... heavy but a worker.....weathered through a trip to Maine in 2006 and did superior work....
     
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    Me too - I love mine. It's a joy to use and the images are wonderful!
    Nothing beats the 6x7 size and it weighs a while lot less than the equally resilient RB.
    -Nanette
     
  7. FM2N

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    thanks. I have a line on one with 2 lenses and 3 backs, 645, 6x6, and 6x7 and a prism finder for under $500. I think I will bite.