Okay, so there is a fantastic overview of the Zenza Bronica S2A over on Filmwasters, in which I also include a mini review. But that doesn't mean I can't babble on a bit more about the camera and its friends here, because that is what this blog is all about!
Before Bronicas, I was using my Kowa Six and Kowa Super 66. While in Japan, I had the chance to use Skorj's S2A. At first I was a bit dubious as I was used to my Kowa Six and 66, but after using it a couple times, I fell in love with it. When I got home, I sold the 66 and lenses and bought a Zenza Bronica S2.
this excellent book by Tony Hilton):
Nikkor/Nikon: 30mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 85mm, 105mm, 135mm, 180mm, 200mm, 250mm, 300mm, 350mm, 400mm, 500mm, 600mm, 800mm, 1000mm, 1200mm
Zenzanon: 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 80mm, 100mm, 150mm, 200mm, 300mm
Komura: 45mm, 50mm, 100mm, 150mm, 200mm, 300mm, 400mm, 500mm
Carl Zeiss Jena: 80mm
For more detailed information about the lenses, grab a copy of the book. Well worth it if you are interested in Bronicas. I will just talk about the lenses I have (mostly wide), and compare them. I have the base Nikkor 75mm, Nikkor 40mm, Komura 45mm, and Komura 50mm, as well as a prototype Carl Zeiss Jena 80mm that needs some reconditioning.
A Bronica lens is a bit different in that the focus mechanism is not part of the lens.
The standard Nikkor 75mm:
Also, a quick note on the Polaroid back. I actually liked the Kowa 66 Polaroid back much more than the Bronica Polaroid back. The Kowa would center the frame inside the Polaroid, while the Bronica exposes the frame on the lower part of the Polaroid, over the edge of the print, so you actually lose part of the shot...
To wrap this up, a super quick tutorial on loading 120 film into the Bronica S2A and C. It's kind of ass-backwards. I suppose it is probably the same method a Hasselblad uses, but I've never used a Hasselblad, so the first time without instructions was a headscratcher for me.
The film holder pops out of the back of the camera...
here and the Model C here.
Okay, I guess I've run out of things to talk about. Not sure what my next post will be about...so until then!