Bronica SQ-A questions

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  1. jstraw

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    I got my SQ-A today and I have a couple of issues for the experts. When I first assembled the kit I had no problems with the dark slid but now it won't go in. It's as though there's some sort of lockout like a pin or something obstructing the gate. Anyone have any idea what's going on?

    Secondly, I got the grip but the two little nubs that rotate when you cock the lever are too short to engage with the mechanism on the camera body. Do I have some version that's for a different variant than the SQ-A or is something missing from the ends of the nubs that give them the reach they require?

    I'm kinda stuck with these two issues. I have an SQ-A manual and it addresses neither of them.
     
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    I seem to have straightened out the darl slide problem...not sure how...
     
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    Ok, I have the right grip, but searching for pictures showed me that there is a whole piece missing on the one I got from KEH. So much for the KEH lovefest. BGN? With this piece missing, this isn't even useful enough to be UG. I'll be calling them in the morning.
     
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    Probably had the darkslide upside down.
     
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    No, that wasn't it...the slot's a little funky and it'll only go in if I put the bottom corner in first. Straight in or top corner first won't go.
     
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    Hmm, with so many little problems I'd think about a CLA before too long to be sure nothing big and bad is waiting around the corner.
     
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    I agree.

    I live in a wasteland but amazingly...there's a place to have that done about three minutes from my house.
     
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    That's funny. If you have the dark slide the right way, it should go in straight or top corner first or bottom corner first without any problems. I know mine does.
     
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    Hope it's not the place on 24.

    Mike
     
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    It is. Have you had a bad experience, Mike? He recently serviced one of my LF lenses and I was happy with the work.
     
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    Michael, I always point new SQ users to the link below for some of its little issues. Hope it helps now or later. :smile:
    http://www.camerahobby.com/Photo-Bronica_Tips.htm
     
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    Is my 80mm 2.8 PS/B not supposed to have a "timer" setting on the lens for long exposures?
     
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    Nope, the B series had all the extras removed from the design to make it cheaper.
     
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    So, no long exposures, eh? I need the standard PS version?
     
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    You can do long exposures with the Bulb setting, you'll just be running the battery down a lot quicker. The T switch is there to prop the shutter open without the help of the timing electromagnets. Which the B series lacks.
     
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    Bulb setting? What bulb setting?
     
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    My mistake, my SQa only goes to 8 seconds, no B. I've been playing with my 4x5 so much I'm forgetting the SQas limitations.

    You have a B body and lens or an A body and a B lens?
    I found that I rarely used the T switch on mine, too much fiddling to make it work. Also if you wanted the T switch it's not too hard to land an 80mm S lens for a decent price on Ebay. A PS, the newer series, is an even better choice.
     
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    A body, B lens. I think a PS may be in my future. Thanks for the info.
     
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    Michael,

    Refer to page #13 re: "T" exposures.

    Best regards,

    Bob
     

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    Bob, I think we've established to my satisfaction that a PS/B can't do "T" exposures. Thanks.
     
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    Sorry I didn't get back sooner, was in Tupelo the last couple days.

    Yes, he worked on one of my LF shutters. Then I sent it to Carol.

    All is well now.

    Mike
     
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    How was Tupelo? Did you visit the King's birthplace?

    Who is Carol?
     
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    I think the reference is to Carol Flutot - here.
     
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    Thanks, yes Carol did a real nice job and the shutter purrs.

    All business in Tupelo, had an all day job invterview/s. Did get to look around for about 1/2 a day and then back home.

    Mike