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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