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    Bronica M/F gear???

    As far as overall quality and performance where do the Bronica M/F cameras fit into to fray when compared to Mamiya, Hassleblad, etc.

    I know this is a very general question but I know nothing about Bronica gear.
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    I think the overall the Bronica line is as good as any other M/F line. I have and have used nearly every camera they have made save the Bronica RF model without ever a failure or surprise and have also used the Hasselblad, Rollei, and Mamiya lines, also error free. Bronica is as good or better than all of then and somewhat cheaper into the bargain.
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    Of the 3???? models SQ, ETRS, GS-1 is one accepted as the "best"
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    In the SLR category, i rate them just below the Big Three (Rollei, Hasselblad and 6x7 Mamiyas).
    In a league with the 6x4.5 Mamiyas. Good, but not quite as good as the top three.

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    [QUOTE=Q.G.;1050151]In the SLR category, i rate them just below the Big Three (Rollei, Hasselblad and 6x7 Mamiyas).
    In a league with the 6x4.5 Mamiyas.

    Could you let us know your basis for this opinion? I am thinking of trading Bronica in on a Hasselblad, but . . . etc.
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    I didn't quite like the lenses, nor the build-quality and ergonomics.
    Not that the top three are such fine cameras in all respects, but all in all, better.
    My opinion.

    I have never tried the GS-1, so can't say anything about it.

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    I think the lenses on my GS-1 are the equal of my Zeiss lenses for my Hasselblad. They are different -- different bokeh, different rendering (esp in color). But when you take in to consideration the quality/price of a GS-1 setup, it really shines. For a 6x7, it's a fantastic camera.

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    I've used the GS-1 for nearly twenty-five years without problems and Zenzonon glass is second to none. Flash syncs at all shutter speeds. Bronica offers a very well designed, durable and user-friendly camera system.
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    I had the same question, so I bought a Hasselblad 500C w/ 80mm Planar, a Bronica SQ with 80, 50, 65 and 150, and a Bronica S2 just for the hell of it. I shoot many black and white, and I can't say that one is better than the other -- speaking of the SQ vs the 500C. (I haven't used the S2 enough to judge.) I actually prefer the ergonomics of the SQ with the shutter speeds on a dial on the side and the f/stops on the lens. I don't like the SQ backs as well as I like the Hasselblad backs, but neither can I say I've had any failures. What is very clear is that I can buy a lot more Bronica gear for the same money as a less amount of Hassy gear. I'd be pleased to have either. Picture wise, perhaps/perhaps the Planar produces a photo that seems to show a bit more depth, but I couldn't prove it. My Rollei TLR is great too.

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    Overall I prefer my GS-1 to my Rolleiflex SLX, but the two things I don't like about the Bronica is the f/3.5 max aperture on its standard lens (100mm) vs. f/2.8 on the Rollei 80mm Planar, and the longish MFD ( I have the 36mm extension tube). Optically, the lenses are about the same. I take the Bronica for maximum flexibility and the SLX for portability. Plus, the prices on the GS-1 are very nice.

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