Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bronica ETRSi Test Roll

I wanted to shoot more film this year, so I decided to find a new medium format camera. After some research, I chose a Bronica ETRSi. It shoots 120 film and what sold me on it was the fact that you can change out film as often as you like in the middle of the roll. Oh, and it also has an attachment to shoot Polaroid peel apart film. Score!

I found a great listing on Etsy where the entire lot was purchased from the estate of a pro photographer and was being sold as a set. This camera is pimped out! It has so many extras included, I actually feel pretty spoiled: Zenza Bronica ETRSi Body, Zenza Bronica AE-II Prism Finder E /w Instructions, Zenza Bronica speed grip, Zenza Bronica Zenzanon EII Lens 75mm f 2.8, Zenza Bronica Zenzanon MC Lens 50mm f 2.8, Zenza Bronica Zenzanon MC Lens 105mm f 3.5, Zenza Bronica 120 film back, Zenza Bronica 220 film back, Polaroid Land Pack film back E /w Instructions, Zenza Bronica 120 film cartridge with leather case, Zenza Bronica 220 film cartridge with leather case, Zenza Bronica Focusing screen E with box, (installed in camera), Zenza Bronica 2 Eye correction lens, one on camera, other in box. Take a look at my new baby!

My test roll of film was Ilford PANF50, which has beautiful tones. I sent the film out to my new buddies at Old School Photo Lab for processing and I tried out my new Canon 9000F Mark II Scanner. I need to play around with the dust removal settings, but I thought they came out pretty darn good. I'm excited to go back to some of my old negatives and scan them. I might even bring Throwback Thursdays back to the blog!

The Bronica is a tank of a camera and makes this awesome KUH-CHUNK! sound when you press the shutter. (Not so great when you want to use it at an acoustic concert, but otherwise very satisfying.) I had a little slip up at the beginning of the roll with the mirror lock up, so I lost a few frames, but otherwise, I'm totally smitten with this camera. I've added a close up filter to the 75mm lens and plan on playing with that next.

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