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    Bronica ETRS for $200, or a Kowa Super 66?

    Hi. Someone locally is selling a Bronica ETRS 645, 120 Back, Dark Slide, Waist Level Finder, 75mm f/2/8 Zenzanon lens, Lens cap and Lens Hood for $200. The camera looks in very good condition and I am told it has given the owner no problems. I have a Kowa Super 66 but find it bulky and awkward to use; the Bronica seems like a better camera to me. Should I give this offer some serious consideration or should I let it pass?

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    Check what keh is selling them for now. You might get the newer model for that. The price is the only issue I can think of.

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    I've just checked the prices at KEH, and no way are you going to beat the $200 price point of the local offering. If everything is in good shape, it's a bargain. But be sure that you can check it out in person. KEH has a no questions asked return policy if the item is not to your satisfaction, and that is worth something.
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    $200 is a good price. Just keep an eye out for a prism of any kind, almost a must have on ETRS costing another $50.

    As an added item, a speed grip is not really needed but nice to have, another $50.

    BTW sell your Kowa for what this Bronica will cost you... almost a trade deal, both good cameras.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obtong View Post
    Hi. Someone locally is selling a Bronica ETRS 645, 120 Back, Dark Slide, Waist Level Finder, 75mm f/2/8 Zenzanon lens, Lens cap and Lens Hood for $200. The camera looks in very good condition and I am told it has given the owner no problems. I have a Kowa Super 66 but find it bulky and awkward to use; the Bronica seems like a better camera to me. Should I give this offer some serious consideration or should I let it pass?

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    The ETRS + 75mm. Then you can buy my lovely condition 150mm PE series lens to go with it. (hint hint) I no longer own a Bronica Camera, so I am stuck with a lens that I can no longer use.

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    Well post the price?.. maybe a pic and a description? Once he gets his hands on the ETRS, he'll buy everything you have to offer.
    Anyone can make a Digital print, but only a photographer can make a photograph.

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    I may be able to negotiate the price a little lower, which is making the offer all the more tempting. However, with this being a 6x4.5, and not having had any experience with a 6x4.5 with a WLF, I am wondering if I will find the inability to make a vertical picture limiting With the Kowa 66 this was never an issue/concern.

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    Get the handgrip for it aswell: it works great !

    Peter

    Addition: an and prism and some lenses and you have a wonderfull set......
    Last edited by archphoto; 04-19-2009 at 04:16 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Addition

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    Try lowering the price by $50 so you can get a prism. It seems crazy to buy cameras of this caliber so cheap, almost a give away. The lens alone once cost 4X that amount.

    BTW The prism is much brighter, easier to focus and makes portrait shots a snap.
    Anyone can make a Digital print, but only a photographer can make a photograph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul ron View Post
    Try lowering the price by $50 so you can get a prism. It seems crazy to buy cameras of this caliber so cheap, almost a give away. The lens alone once cost 4X that amount.

    BTW The prism is much brighter, easier to focus and makes portrait shots a snap.
    Just a little note on differing perspectives, I enjoyed my GS-1 with the prism, but I couldn't wait to switch a WLF onto my kit. (but now I have the option of either)

    Sounds like a pretty good deal. See what you can work out with the seller. Fro what it's worth, the Bronica lenses are very (very) good.

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