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    I know about the focusing issue (even had started a thread about this here on APUG) and I've solved mine after getting the camera but I can't find any technical details about the Kiev screen, aside it's dimensions (56x56 - not sure they are correct though). I've read something on photo.net about adapting such a screen on the S2a, but the author only mentioned it required a little hacking, whatever that means (the thread was started back in 2000)

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    Weighing in a little late here. I really like the S2A. I got one very cheap on eBay a couple of years ago, sort of a Frankenbronny -- black back, chrome body, grey leather WLF (from an S2, probably), and a Zenzanon 80/2.4. I paid a little over $125. But it's rugged and handles well, and just looks totally cool. I love the chrome trim work, and the way the normal lens seats so deeply in the body. The lenses are great, whether they're the Nikkors, Zenzanons or Komuras -- I have a 50 Komura that is excellent.

    I do realize these are quite complicated cameras, but there are repairers out there -- Koh's Camera in New York is a specialist, I believe. If you find one in good shape, I wouldn't hesitate.

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    Bronica cameras that were made prior to the S2a had a bad reputation for reliablity. The 40mm,500mm, 75mm, 135mm and 200mm Nikkors were quite nice. I have a problem remembering if there was a 105mm Nikkor. Actually, I have a problem remembering what I had for lunch.
    Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)

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    There is a Nikkor 105mm/3.5 leaf shutter lens for the S2, S2a, EC and EC-TL, a tessar type like the 135mm.
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    One of the problems with the Bronica S cameras is that they are complicated.
    They do alot things at once and so there are alot of things to go wrong.

    The bronica S, S2, and S2A's mirror slides on a track down and forward. Blinds cover the mirror on the bottom and the focus screen on the top. The roller-blind shutter fires. Then the blinds and mirror return to the original position automatically. Alot of these things are driven on strings. The spring required to do all of this work required alot of tension and thus the gears were prone to wear.

    I really liked the S that I had but it didnt last. On the S you focus using the knob on the side. The S2 and S2a changed from a rack-and-pinion focus to a helical focus. That means that you have to use the (Rather large) ring around the lens to focus. This is quite a pain but is improved alot if you can find one of the lever attachments.

    The S series cameras are also considerably more bulky than a hasselblad.

    I havent used an SQ myself but they are highly rated by most.

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    The focusing lever is a real necessity, in my opinion, on the S2 and later cameras with the helical.

    For really quick focus, I like the Type 2 bellows, which also has full view camera movements for macro. It makes the camera bulkier, but I find it easier to follow focus with the rack and pinion mechanism on the bellows.

    I tried an SQ-A once, and it focuses much more easily than the S2a. The camera is lighter, and with the lever-wind grip and a prism it feels like a 35mm SLR.
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    My first medium format camera was a Bronica and it was THE WORST PIECE OF JUNK I have ever owned. Get a Hassey, you get what you pay for!!!!

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    I have an S myself. The problems I had, I'm guessing, were from bad backs (I had overlapping frames.) Fortunately backs can be had for as little as $15 over here.
    I have the Nikkor 75mm lens and it is fantastically sharp. Makes the whole setup worth it.
    Those who know, shoot film

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    Quote Originally Posted by IloveTLRs View Post
    I have an S myself. The problems I had, I'm guessing, were from bad backs (I had overlapping frames.) Fortunately backs can be had for as little as $15 over here.
    I have the Nikkor 75mm lens and it is fantastically sharp. Makes the whole setup worth it.
    I have one S back and several S2 backs. They look similar on the outside, but are mechanically very different. The S2 backs are much better, and they take 220 film as well.

    All lenses I have for the S2A, Zenzanon or Nikkor, are very good. I have recently upgraded my Nikkor-O 50mm 2.8 to the multicoated version, Nikkor-OC, hoping that this will cure some of the flare problems I've had with this lens.

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    the bronica S2 is truly a wonderful camera! my first real MF camera and a life companion <3 it will give some amazing slides with those lovely Nikkors : D

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