I haven’t forgotten to post results, I’ve just had a few setbacks.
I loved shooting the Bronica S2. The waist-level finder is big and bright, making focus easy. The aperture ring is large and easy to adjust. The sound of the shutter and mirror is fabulous.
There was a slight issue with a sticky aperture. It stops down for the exposure but doesn’t always reopen for focusing. A simple jiggle of the ring causes it to release with a click.
I shot my first roll of Portra before the initial post, and it was fabulous.
My second roll was HP5 which I developed at home in Caffenol. I made a mistake, however, and lost the images.
Roll #3 is still in the camera, loaded into the second film back. It doesn’t seem to be advancing correctly, so I’m not sure what it will produce. I’ll be sure to post the results when I get them.
A note for those who receive the blog via email: Flickr seems to have changed something, causing the images to disappear. Click on the post title to see them all here.
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.
Multiple finders were available. My example is shown with the standard waist level version.
This camera is a monster. It weighs in at 4lbs 2ozs as shown.
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.