I owned an S2a for a short while. I bought it to compare it to my EC's to see which I liked better. I preferred the EC but that is probably because I was used to it. I know some about early Bronica cameras but I am not an expert on them.
The shutter speed dial is a little strange looking. I noticed that on mine but I know of no attachment.
There were no 645 backs for early Bronica's that I am aware of.
I googled the PDF of the instructions to see what you were talking about intermediate shutter speeds. It didn't make sense to me either. I have noticed with some Japanese camera gear the instructions don't always translate well.
Lift the wings and pull up on the connector and it should come off. Remember that these cameras are pretty old.
There is only one helicoid so you have no worries there. Buy any lens you want.
You can check the accuracy of the shutter with a shutter speed tester. Most S2a's bought off Ebay are probably in need of a CLA.
I'm a firm believer in quality tripods rated for at least the weight of your camera. I never had a problem with mirror slap. I don't remember ever shooting at 1/15 or slower but it shouldn't be a problem.
Yes, the matte side of the focussing screen should be facing down towards the mirror and the fresnel (shiny side) pointing up.
There was recently a book published on the early Bronica's you may be interested in.
Good luck to you and I hope I was able to help.
Μπορώ να σε βοηθήσω σε ότι θέλεις απλά στείλε μήνυμα.
Είμαι συλλέκτης και τεχνικός Bronica.
It's all Greek to me!:confused:
Originally Posted by theo120mm
Sorry that I replied in Greek to the OP but you know .... GREEKS :laugh:
Originally Posted by lxdude
Alan, thank you. You really helped me.
Originally Posted by Alan Gales
Probably my tripod is not sturdy enough.
Hello again to the members of the community!
Playing with my camera I found something interesting. The helicoid unit seems to have a screw mount. I measured it and it's about 58mm. I searched the net for "M58 mount" and seems that there is no such thing.
Does anyone knows more about it? Sounds really interesting as many lenses with a proper adapter could be adapted.
I haven't done this myself with my Bronica S2 or EC-TL, but I have read of people who find appropriate caps that screw into those threads, mill out holes in them, and mount this or that lens as they wish. Check out this discussion, for example:
It's used for connecting the meter attachment. iirc 57mm, there was a nikkor leaf shutter lens that was screwed in and I think a few misc lenses were screwed in as well.
Originally Posted by geostog
the 105mm nikkor leaf has its own helicoid - the lens is incompatible with the normal helicoid.
the thread that you have discovered is the 57mm x 1 thread. it is primarily, but not exclusively for the mounting of the standard macro rings. users for years have successfully mounted all sorts of non-bronica lens to this camera because of this 57mm x 1 thread. none of the standard bronica lens - including the old nikon rangerfinder lens that could be fitted on, use this thread. the bayonet mount on the inside of the shutter speed ring is for the old flash-sidebar attachment. they occasionally turn up on eee-bay.
hope this helps
Thank you for your replies.
@el wacho: What do you mean mounting macro rings? Also, searching the net I found no such size caps or anything related to that.
@Trask: The idea seems interesting but I fear the execution might be tricky