Bronica Medium Format Owners Thread

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So I'm happy to share my good news here first, my test rolls have come back and no issues with any of my new kit (except the first 65mm which has been replaced).

Here's my first test shot using the 80mm.

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And here's the original scanned 18mb TIFF downsized for the Forum of course.

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I can already see I need to work on the leveling to avoid skewed uprights/horizons but overall I'm happy with the first shot.
 

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So I'm happy to share my good news here first, my test rolls have come back and no issues with any of my new kit (except the first 65mm which has been replaced).

Here's my first test shot using the 80mm.

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And here's the original scanned 18mb TIFF downsized for the Forum of course.

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I can already see I need to work on the leveling to avoid skewed uprights/horizons but overall I'm happy with the first shot.
Looks very nice, Paul. Is that a waist level finder? I find those difficult to get on with, but things improved when I put my TLR on a monopod. It reduces the degrees of freedom a bit and makes the whole thing easier to control.
 
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Looks very nice, Paul. Is that a waist level finder? I find those difficult to get on with, but things improved when I put my TLR on a monopod. It reduces the degrees of freedom a bit and makes the whole thing easier to control.
Hi Chris, yes WLF but on a tripod so just me being sloppy. I just need a minute to get back used to the WLF don't ever remember it being an issue back in my film days.
 
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Been there done it, SQAi, Pentax 6x45, whilst I may look back and think should I again....... it is always NEVER, as a lover of photography, there were only "the good old days" because we had not yet had anything else, when Digital came out it was the best thing to happen to photography, I have re bought, my first cameras, Nikon F Photomic FTn, Nikkormat and re sold them wondering "Why did I bother"

Enjoy your kit, sincerely, I hope it gives you many many hours of enjoyment but I am looking forward
Each to their own. Sigh...
But how much fun do you have? I have three digital cameras and use two of them most weeks. I also have 52 film cameras and use most of them as well (but not every week!). The pictures resulting from all 55 cameras are different - none are 'better' but each is different - and allow me to express myself in different ways. Your Digital camera - regardless of model - cannot reproduce the pictures from my Bronica ETRs. I am not talking about resolution or "sharpness" but the feel and atmosphere of the resulting picture. My Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex does that differently again, thanks to the excellent Tessar lens. Digital is excellent at cold, precise pictures but film is better for art. Vinyl audio recordings surpass digital for much the same set of reasons.
It absolutely baffles me why people come into the film section and berate what we do in here. I never go into any of the digital threads and post how the images people produce and clinically perfect, follow the rules of composition, have no blown highlights or blocked shadows, can be zoomed in to 400% (seriously, why?)and are completely sterile and leave me feeling cold.

There are full time professionals making artistic choices to shoot entirely on film still because it is what allows them to express their vision yet people in their bubbles don’t see, to realise that.

I’m not anti digital at all. There’s some stunning work produced on ALL formats by a lot of people, it’s just not for me personally, but I don’t go and bitch about it on people’s threads, I just stay away from them.
 
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It absolutely baffles me why people come into the film section and berate what we do in here. I never go into any of the digital threads and post how the images people produce and clinically perfect, follow the rules of composition, have no blown highlights or blocked shadows, can be zoomed in to 400% (seriously, why?)and are completely sterile and leave me feeling cold.

There are full time professionals making artistic choices to shoot entirely on film still because it is what allows them to express their vision yet people in their bubbles don’t see, to realise that.

I’m not anti digital at all. There’s some stunning work produced on ALL formats by a lot of people, it’s just not for me personally, but I don’t go and bitch about it on people’s threads, I just stay away from them.
In fairness Gareth; if the thread appears on the front page then your not easily sure what part of the forum you are posting in.

I have posted in the 'professional area' by mistake in the past only to be 'bollocked' that I was in there!
 
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In fairness Gareth; if the thread appears on the front page then your not easily sure what part of the forum you are posting in.

I have posted in the 'professional area' by mistake in the past only to be 'bollocked' that I was in there!
Whilst I agree with that in theory, I’m talking about people deliberately posting in threads that are related to film about how terrible it is and why they don’t understand that people do it and how they’ve no desire to return to film and how much better digital is and that things move on, etc. It’s not by mistake and it’s not just this one occasion or individual either.
 
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Happened to notice a young chap by the Norwegian Church in Cardiff bay just after 2 today with a Bronica. No idea if they are a member on here or not as I didn't have time to chat as I was on my way back to work.

That's the first film camera I've seen in the wild for quite some time.
 
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Topsy,
Really nice images. Bridge Cottage is really moody. I assume you are using a Bronica, but there are many images on this Bronica forum shot with other cameras. The vertical format suggests something else. Comment?
 

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Topsy,
Really nice images. Bridge Cottage is really moody. I assume you are using a Bronica, but there are many images on this Bronica forum shot with other cameras. The vertical format suggests something else. Comment?
Crops, comment?
 
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Topsy,
Really nice images. Bridge Cottage is really moody. I assume you are using a Bronica, but there are many images on this Bronica forum shot with other cameras. The vertical format suggests something else. Comment?
Thanks.

Yes Bronica SQ-Ai with 65mm lens. The shots are square (at least they were when I posted them but because they are 12x12 inches they scroll off the screen and appear taller than wide. The lone tree is the same combination. Note to self post 10x10 inches in future.

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Just tried an 8 inch but the forum loaded it 12 inch?????????
 
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The forum accepts images up to 1024 pixels either way (I don't think inches make much sense as screen pixels vary so much in size...). I've found a 1024 pixel wide (landscape) image works well in most cases, but for either square or portrait images I usually select the 800 pixel option in flickr, as it sees more likely we'll see all of the image on one page. My display may be 2880 x 1800, but there are so many lost pixels in the forum software, headers, footers, menu bars etc that 800 pixels seems about the best. YMMV of course!
 
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Hi All,

I wondered whether anyone had any experience of replacing a broken mirror lock-up lever on an ETRSI - the plastic lever has come off (looks like it has been repaired before). I've ordered a replacement from eBay. There is a small screw underneath where the little lever sits - I wondered whether that screw is what holds the lever in place??

Any advice welcome! Can't find anything by googling.

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Hi All,

I wondered whether anyone had any experience of replacing a broken mirror lock-up lever on an ETRSI - the plastic lever has come off (looks like it has been repaired before). I've ordered a replacement from eBay. There is a small screw underneath where the little lever sits - I wondered whether that screw is what holds the lever in place??

Any advice welcome! Can't find anything by googling.

Cheers,
Tom
Mine broke on my SQ-Ai, the ring split (user error) but I managed to glue it. I tried to get a replacement but couldn't find one so bought the one for the ETRS it is the same fitting. The lever sits on a square pivot and the screw holds it in place, there's then a cover glued over the screw head (on the SQ-Ai), I never fitted the replacement because the glue is holding but I have it in case.
 
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Thanks Paul. I only engaged the mirror lock-up a couple of times but it seems like there was an awful lot of resistance for the mechanism they’ve designed. Not surprised they have a tendency to break. What was the user error that caused yours to break? Maybe I can avoid the same next time?
 
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Thanks Paul. I only engaged the mirror lock-up a couple of times but it seems like there was an awful lot of resistance for the mechanism they’ve designed. Not surprised they have a tendency to break. What was the user error that caused yours to break? Maybe I can avoid the same next time?
I think I tried to lock the mirror before cocking the shutter, can't remember really but I was certain it was something I did rather than a camera fault. It's not happened since.
 
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