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    Which Bronica to buy?

    My C220 has gone to the great swap meet in the sky. My daughter is keen on working with a larger format (she is 9) but I don't have the budget to have her shoot lots of 4x5 or 8x10 film. Also time is a factor. When we have time to shoot together I spend a lot of time helping her with her 4x5 and I would rather have her learning composition and have more negatives for her to evaluate in the darkroom. Also my 5 year old want to get into the act more so she will get the AF camera my older daughter was using.

    This brings me to the idea of buying a MF camera to replace the C220. browsing Ebay it seems that Bronicas are the most versatile and most affordable. Most of what she likes to shoot is from a tripod so weight is not an issue (daddy usually carries the gear around). I guess I am looking for ideas about which Bronica might be the best for us. I see ERTSi and SQ?
    and maybe a couple of other models.

    We are working on a $600 budget. That would need to include body and lens, which seems to be doable from the amounts I see in the "buy it now" listings. We can always add a lens(es) and other goodies later.

    Also, any sites out there that would have technical info such as features of all the different used models and available lenses and accessories?

    As always, thanks for any and all responses.
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    At the age of 9, the SQ-series cameras might be easiest to handle. I've been using the S2A for a long time, but I picked up Bob Fowler's SQ-Ai, and I was really impressed at how light it was and easy to focus. He has a prism and a lever wind handle that made it feel more like a 35mm camera than a Pentax 6x7 or Pentacon 6, which look more like 35mm cameras. For $600 you should be able to get quite a decent setup at current prices.
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    I've seen shots with the Bronica 40mm lens. Nice. Its cheaper to get a 40mm Zenzanon/SQA/back combo than it is to get a 40mm Hasselblad

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    Also, any sites out there that would have technical info such as features of all the different used models and available lenses and accessories?
    More recent models see:
    http://www.tamron.com/bronica/slr_archives.asp

    For the classic Bronica line see:
    http://medfmt.8k.com/bronica.html


    I'll recommend the SQ, mainly because I have one.

    Dave

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    Also, for more than you ever wanted to know about Bronicas, go to

    http://medfmt.8k.com/bronica.html

    And check out the Bronica and Bronica Pro lists on Yahoo!Groups. Sales come up there occasionally.

    Dave Parker was selling an S2 setup recently. You might see if he still has it.
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    IMHO forget Ebay.

    Go to KEH.

    ETRSI WITH 75 F2.8 EII (62), 220 EI BACK, PRISM, SPEEDGRIP E, MEDIUM FORMAT SLR MANUAL FOCUS CAMERA OUTFIT
    Bargain N/A $249.00


    50 F2.8 MC (62) WITH CAPS MEDIUM FORMAT SLR MANUAL FOCUS WIDE ANGLE LENS
    Excellent N/A WAS
    $172.00
    NOW
    $149.00

    150 F4 MC (62) MEDIUM FORMAT SLR MANUAL FOCUS TELEPHOTO LENS
    Bargain N/A WAS
    $69.00
    NOW
    $59.00

    120 LATE BACK
    Bargain N/A WAS
    $39.00
    NOW
    $33.00

    That's about $500 if my math isn't too screwed up. It's not the newest lenses. But it's less then $600.

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    I let my daughter shoot a roll of film when she was 6 on my SQA for a show and tell project. She handled it really well with 80mm lens, no tripod, but I had preset exposure. Without prompting, horizons were level and pictures were great. I cannot find the scans now, not just because the standard of her images would show me up!

    The square format with WLF might be better than an ETRSi with prism and grip especially from tripod where fipping between portrait and landscape would be another job for Dad I suspect. The SQA has horizontal and vertical 6x4.5 crop lines etched in the screen. I would expect that she would find these helpful for composition. I do.

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    I had (before it was stolen) an SQ-Ai that I really loved. The square format was great to work with, and I loved not having to flip the camera for verticals.

    Post-theft, I found a deal I couldn't pass up on an ETRS with three lenses and three backs. It's lighter and slightly smaller than the SQ series, which is nice for smaller hands. The only thing I dislike is that verticals are a little awkward -- but no more so than hasseys.

    My Bronicas have stood up well to lots of use, and (I'll admit it) some not-so-gentle handling. For the price, you can't beat 'em.

    - CJ

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    I am selling my Bronica SQ-Am with 80mm lens, 120 back, and a metered prism. PM me if you're interested. I really liked working with this camera a lot, but I need to fund my new LF addiction.
    -Grant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheryl Jacobs
    ...and I loved not having to flip the camera for verticals...
    - CJ
    Mamiya RB or RZ revolving back...

    But, not for children (weight at first place, and for separately winding film and cocking shutter)...

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