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Bronica SQA

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by Jbsumo, Jul 8, 2005.

  1. Jbsumo

    Jbsumo New Member

    I was looking for a bit of advice regarding a Bronica SQA im think of buying. This would be my first trip into medium format and I would not like anything lower than 6x6 format.

    Is this a good camera to use? Easy and Quick to function?

    Is the camera good for hand holding? I use a Canon EOS 3 with grip and find using this with a 200 f2.8 no problems.

    Is it still a good camera? I know that you can still find sum new but I would be buying second hand and would like to no if Bronica is a good make to buy and if accesories are easy to get hold of?

    If anyone can help with sun advice I would be most grateful
  2. javert

    javert Member

    Well I have just brought a SQA and am finding my way around, it seems to be easy to get on with, just remember that its manual and there seems to be a lot to do, exposure reading, set apeture, set speed, focus things seem to be a lot slower than with the modern all singing and dancing cameras. Still a couple of films in to be D&P I'll find out next week fingers crossed
  3. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    Bronnie was always a popular brand amongst students, so there are plenty available on the used market - probably even more so with the rush to digital. You might even be able to cut a deal with a dealer who has plenty sitting on the shelves.

    As for accessories, the more popular ones should be similar to looking for cameras I would imagine. It may be worth considering that because Bronica pulled out of the medium format SLR market entirely about a year ago that some repairs (mainly electronic related) may become uneconomic in seven to eight years or so when parts begin to run short.
  4. snapperlondon

    snapperlondon Well-Known Member

    I have both the Bronica SQ-B and SQA-i (along with 50mm, 80mm and 180mm lenses, a speedgrip and a metered prism). Both cameras give fantastic results (although the metered prism doesn't work with the SQ-B). Obviously I'd have loved a Hasselblad and selection of lenses, but as an impoverished student that was just a dream!

    Bronicas may not be as tough as Hasselblads, but then they are also a third of the price! If treated with a little care they will give many years of reliable service (I've had mine for 5 years and they are still in prefect working condition, showing no sign of needing a service). My college used them (along with Hasselblads and Mamiyas) and they stood-up to student use and abuse very well! Buying secondhand, there is less of a price difference, but you can still get a good Bronica body, back and lens for less than a Hasselblad body!

    As for image quality, there certainly isn't £2000 difference! Apart from the tell-tale Hasselblad rebate markings I would bet that most 'mere mortals' would be hard pushed to spot the difference, in print or under a loupe!

    Obviously if you have plenty of money then go for a Hasselblad, it will hold its price better, but if you are on a budget then get the Bronica, I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results!

    For hand-held photography I find the speedgrip very useful (as I have quite small hands), but take your camera along to the dealer and try one out, not everyone likes them! You should be able to get a good secondhand speedgrip for £75-100!

  5. tzunder

    tzunder Active Member

    I bought a Bronica SQA on ebay a month back and so far it's looking good. I got a 80mm lens with it and have just bought a 150mm lens.

    It seems quite straight forward after some earlier user problems (like I didn't know what I was doing)..
  6. Blad_the_paler

    Blad_the_paler Well-Known Member

    Hey I had a Bronica SQAm for years and it was faultless. Now use Blads cozz the lenses obliterate Bronica's. :D
  7. tzunder

    tzunder Active Member

    To update. I have sold the SQA. I found that it was just too bulky and slow for me. I have moved to a Fuji GA645zi, a compact MF camera in 645 format. I would like a Bronica RF645 but...
  8. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    Be quick then Tom. Sadly the RF645 has been discontinued. :(
  9. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    My information is that it was actually discontinued at the same time as all the other Bronnies, but not announced due to higher stocks.

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