Week 54 – Bronica S2A

Introduced in 1969, the Bronica S2A is a large SLR for medium format (6×6) film. It was produced until 1977. It utilizes a cloth focal plane shutter with speeds up to 1/1000s. Film backs are removable and can utilize 120 or 220 roll film. A dark slide system allows them to be removed mid-roll, and it also locks the shutter to prevent firing if there is no film fitted.

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Multiple finders were available. My example is shown with the standard waist level version.

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This camera is a monster. It weighs in at 4lbs 2ozs as shown.

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(Nikon FM2 shown for size comparison.)

My Bronica is a recent acquisition and was part of the inspiration for the Sharing My Secrets series. I watched it on Craigslist for a while then made an offer. In the end I got it with case, extra film back, and an accessory TTL metered finder for a lot less than the eBay price of the camera alone. It was owned for 30 years by a photo lab owner, now retired, who travelled the world with it on his vacations. The story just makes it cooler.

I’ve already run a roll of Portra 400 through it. For the weekend I’ve loaded the holders with HP5+ and E100g.

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REFERENCES:
Camera Wiki
Manual
eBay

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