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    Bronica GS-1

    I currently have a Bronnica SQ system and I've been very pleased with the quality of the gear. I've looked at the GS-1 out of curiosity and I've seen I could very nearly trade in my SQ system for a GS-1. I like the 6x6 negative, but I'd also like to try working with the 6x7. I do most of my work outdoors and without people, so the lack of compatibility with a flash system is alright by me. The GS-1 does have a 6x6 back, so I'm wondering if there is any reason not to trade in?

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    I have a GS-1, and no reason to be concerned that I can think of. Perhaps it's a little bigger/heavier? AFAIK, the GS-1 works with flash, even can do TTL with right setup- I've never used it with flash.

    It's a nice system, with great lenses, and quite reasonable.

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    The GS-1 is fabulous. Of the 6x7 SLRs, it's about the most compact and with the Speed Grip and AE Prism it handles like a big 35mm. The only thing I really dislike is the MFD, so I bought the 36mm extension tube for getting up close. The 6x6 back is nearly impossible to find, but there are enough 6x4.5 backs that they're relatively easy to fine.
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    I hope this is not considered a hijacking of a thread....

    I've been considering GS-1 as well. Only thing that concerns me is that unlike RZ or RB (Mamiya), the back does not rotate. Does this cause discomfort in everyday usage?
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    On a tripod it becomes a bit unwieldy, but hand-held it's not so bad.

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    Rotating back on the Mamiya 6x7 is nice for sure... Bellows provides a good MFD even without extension tubes though they're available too. Cheap kits these days as well, hard to believe they're thousands of $$$ new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony-S View Post
    On a tripod it becomes a bit unwieldy, but hand-held it's not so bad.
    Also there's that fancy thing Bronica made, which allows a tripod-mounted camera to turn on its side but keep the lens on centerline. Can't remember what it's called...
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Every time a thread like this comes up, I find myself espousing the merits of the GS-1 without the speed grip and prism. My system came with both, but I think that I enjoyed it even more when I swapped the fancy bits for an old-fashioned WLF. It really is a wonderful system, with or without the fancy bits. The Bronica lenses are oustanding. I really would reccommend picking up a second (or third) back. The only problem I ever experienced with my system was in Sao Paulo Brazil, with no hope of an emergency CLA, kicking myself all along for trusting my system so implicitly...

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    Handy though those finders and winders are, without them my 645 is really much lighter and less bulky. I find for verticals a small rectangular pocket mirror allows me to compose without contortions.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Here's a shot with the GS-1 and 200mm lens on Portra 160 VC. Probably should have used NC.
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