just interested in people opinions of the bronica medium formats...i'm a student and hopefully going pro in the near future and was wondering what other photographers thought of them as there appear to be quite a few for sale at the moment in the
US $2000 range....
thanks for your time,
I do own and have used a Bronica ETRS system. I like the system a lot even though I don't use it currently. The 6X4.5 format readily prints on conventional paper dimensions. The only thing that has ever been problematic on my my camera body is the cable release connection. It was replaced under warranty.
They're good cameras. I have an older S2A system.
However, if you're thinking of going pro and you live near a large city where equipment rental is a possibility, you might do better with a Hasselblad or RB or RZ-67 system, so you can rent the exotic high-end lens or four extra backs or extra body when you need them. Hassy and RB/RZ will also offer a clearer path to digital. I don't know that any of the digital medium format backs are made with adapters for Bronica.
I bought my ETRS second-hand in 1990, and I've never had any kind of problem with it. I've carried and used it everywhere from Eritrea to northern Norway, inside pyramids and outside ships, up mountains and down to the Dead Sea.
It works. All the time.
What more could I ask for?
I have two SQA and one SQAi body and a collection of lenses, backs, extension tubes, a teleconverter and a bellows and I quite pleased with the performance of the whole system.
I've been using a SQA, together with an 80mm and a 50mm (both earlier "S" versions) for the last 2 weeks! I bought the complete outfit, together with a 120 back,a plain prism and correct lens hoods on THAT auction site (in the UK). The outfit is in lovely condition and I only paid £650 UK Pounds for the lot. I have just developed 3 rolls of black and white film - Ilford Delta 100. I AM IMPRESSED!! The quality of the lenses FAR exceeds what I was expecting. The camera handles well both on and off the tripod and is well built. I'm sure I'll find some "quirks" as I use it more, but at the moment I'm very pleased. As for going pro? I would be inclined to invest in a used Hasselblad if funds allow. I was looking for a MF set up to run alongside a 5x4 system, the SQA fitted the bill. But if I was turning pro then I would opt for the hasselblad. BUT - the camera won't make you a better photographer! If you find a good used Bronica then give it a try and see how you get on. If you decide on one then look for the SQAi.
I'm an owner of the Bronica GS 1 since 15 years and I like it very much it is a workhorse.
Jerry Uelsmann works also with one if he still works!
But there is only one company wich makes an adaptor for there digiback.
For thad reason you should buy an Hassi, Rollei, Mamya.
Interesting topic since I'm debating what to replace my Mamiya 645 with. I've had my eye on a GS1 and SQAi but have been wanting to ask someone a fairly dopey question and this looks like a good place! (I don't know anything about these cameras) Do these cameras have instant return mirrors? How does the leaf shutter work in relation to the viewfinder, mirror and exposure? I'm used to my Mamiya acting like a clunky SLR and want a camera with the same 'convienience' I think I want a bigger neg than 645 based on the 6x9 negs that I've been getting from using a Box Brownie :) I'd probably be considering a Mamiya 645 Pro (whatever the interchangeable back one is) but they are rare here and always advertised for premium prices (not sure if they actually sell for those though). The Bronica's are much more affordable. I could swing a Hassy with std and small tele lenses but the moment you want to go wide the prices sky rocket!