Wanted: Bronica S2/ S2A with Type II Bellows

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  1. Fragomeni

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    Hi all. I'm testing the waters on a Bronica S2 or S2A with Type II Bellows (tilt/shift/rise/fall). I'm primarily a LF photographer so I have an intrinsic need for movements. On top of that I do a lot with making my own lenses so a focal plane shutter is a must. The Bronica S2 or S2A with the Type II bellows seems to be the answer to my needs in a smaller camera. If you have this set up available for purchase please PM me with your asking price.

    Thank you!
     
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    I do have an extensive Bronica kit in the classifieds, but you should be aware that the Type II bellows is mostly useful for tabletop and macro work or with LF lenses longer than about 135mm. You won't have movements for, say, architectural photography or landscapes with wide-to-normal lenses, because the bellows is too compressed to move, and the Bronica lenses protrude into the camera housing, and the lens barrel bumps against the lens mount, if you try to apply movements.

    If you want a medium format view camera, you would do better to find one designed for the purpose.
     
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    Thanks for the response David. The bellows are more for use with homemade lenses then for use with landscape or architecture. When using it for landscape or architecture I'd probably have longer lenses attached anyway. At the moment I have a Horseman 980 which does just about everything I need except it doesn't have the focal plane shutter which I need when using the lenses I make. With the Bronica, if you're using lenses longer then 135mm as you mentioned will you have movements that could be applied to landscape and architecture or is it still very limited? Thanks for your help with this by the way.
     
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    The flange-focal distance on a Bronica is around 101mm, so you start to have some room for movements with a LF lens of around 120mm, and then at around 135mm you've got a reasonable amount of flexibility.
     
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    Thanks David. Also, I'm not seeing your for sale ad. I've looked in the For Sale section as well as under 'Posts by David...' under your name. I must be having a blind day. Can you provide a link? Thanks.
     
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