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    Bronica SQ-AI

    I've made a couple of posts about this already. I'm looking for an SQ-AI to use for outdoor landscape etc.
    I've found one for sale and there's a few photos of it. one shows the back of the body where the film back attaches.
    The area around where the two tags on the film back slot into the body are quite worn. I'm wondering if this is a worrying thing or just normal wear and the seller been honest about the condition.
    any thoughts?

    Outwardly the rest of the camera looks clean and well looked after.

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    Looks like normal wear and tear. They can get banged about a bit there but it should be ok. Its only where the film back hooks on.

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    Bronica SQ-AI

    When you say "worn", do you mean scratches around the holes? If so, then that's normal when the user isn't being precise when they put the backs on. If the whole is larger and misshaped, that's a different issue.

    Edit: now I see the photos. Hm. That seems excessive.
    Last edited by mweintraub; 08-19-2014 at 11:47 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    The slots in the back show quite a bit of wear. I wonder how well previous owners treated the camera! My 2 cents . . . look for another camera. My Bronica SQ has seen many years of use and the slots in the back are nowhere near as worn as the ones in your pics. In my opinion, it is about ghw previous owners treated the equipment.
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    I'd say compared with my SQ-A it appears to have been heavily used, but then, these cameras are likely 20 or more years old. Those spots where the back hooks in are definitely where the wear shows as people working in a hurry miss the holes switching backs. That in itself is no big deal. Presumably if you buy there is some warranty or return privileges if there are other problems?

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    Thanks for the replies.
    The other thing that I was wondering about is the orange ring on the lens. The others I've seen have been all black. Does the orange band mean anythin to anyone? it's listed as the 80mm f2.8 s (as apposed I assume to the later PS lenses)

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    If my memory holds, that means it's an S lens.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JammyB View Post
    Thanks for the replies.
    The other thing that I was wondering about is the orange ring on the lens. The others I've seen have been all black. Does the orange band mean anythin to anyone? it's listed as the 80mm f2.8 s (as apposed I assume to the later PS lenses)
    Yes that's an S lens. Optically, especially at the 80mm focal length, from what I've read I don't think there's noticeable difference. I only have PS series myself, but I'm vaguely remembering the S does NOT have 1/2 stop aperture detents, whereas the PS does. And of course, PS lenses will be at least a little bit newer (but could still go back to the 1980s).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DWThomas View Post
    Yes that's an S lens. Optically, especially at the 80mm focal length, from what I've read I don't think there's noticeable difference. I only have PS series myself, but I'm vaguely remembering the S does NOT have 1/2 stop aperture detents, whereas the PS does. And of course, PS lenses will be at least a little bit newer (but could still go back to the 1980s).
    You can still shoot at half stop apertures with S lenses, it's just that there aren't any detents to mark these when you turn the ring, which really isn't a big deal.

    I have three PS lenses (80mm, 135mm, and 180mm) and one S lens (105mm) and I've never complained about the performance of any of them. In fact, I think my 105mm S lens is my favourite of them all.
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    Looks fairly normal for that camera. I would also suggest picking up a used SQ-B from KEH.com. It's essentially the same camera but can be found in newer condition at a good price.

    One other tip: make a "ring" out of some 2" wide black elastic band, clip the ends together with a safety pin and slip it around the back. It will help prevent light leaks which are fairly common with these backs, especially in bright light.
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