Bronica: Fixing Focus Issues
My Bronica SQ saga began with a major light leak and its subsequent solution. I was overjoyed by the fact that I had a beautiful working 6×6 camera. Of the several medium format cameras I’ve had over the years, including a Mamiya 645, the Mamiya C3, a Holga, a Kodak Brownie Bulls-Eye and the venerable Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, I’d have to say that the used Bronica SQ, that I picked up at Precision Camera in Austin for a mere $250 or so, is definitely in my top three. Ok, it’s actually my second favorite topped only by the RZ.
But I wouldn’t characterize my experience with the Bronica as being a complete success up to this point. I mean, I’ve made some nice pictures with it, but I’ve struggled with focusing. In this video, I talk about finally acquiring a waist-level finder for this camera and how it, and a little tweak to my technique, have made all the difference.
As you can see from the examples in the video (some included here), being able to SEE when I’m trying to find focus, and closing the aperture down a stop or two, changes everything!
Want to watch my adventures with the Bronica? Check out this playlist for the whole story.