Bronica Classic Medium Format Cameras

Bronica cameras

Bronica S2A, S2, S, C, EC, EC-TL, Z, D or Deluxe
Bronica D or Deluxe (Z) Bronica S
Bronica C Bronica S2
Bronica EC or EC/TL Bronica S2A
Bronica ETR/S/Si Bronica Special Accessories
Bronica Film Backs Bronica Dark Slides
Bronica Lenses (specs) Bronica Lenses List (75+)
Bronica Underwater! Bronica goes to War!
Fisheye Adapters Auxiliary WA/Tele
Used Prices/Sources Telephoto Converters
Current Tamron/Bronica Models
Michael Beard's Bronica SLR Systems User Guide (ETRSi/SQ-Ai/GS-1 2/96)
Tamron/Bronica Site (Javascript - IE4.0+ or Navigator 3.0+ required!)
GS-1 (6x7cm) Bronica and Batteries Guide
SQ (6x6cm) SQ Compatibility Chart
ETRSi (6x4.5cm) ETR Systems Compatibility Guide
Bronica Manuals Available Online
Online Bronica Z manual! - Special Thanks to Dave Brown
Online Bronica D Manual! - Special Thanks to Michael Beard
Online Bronica S Manual - Special Thanks to Michael Beard
Online Bronica S2 - C Manual Special Thanks to Bob Lai!
Online Bronica S2 Sales Brochure BR-302 Special Thanks to Bill Barton!
Online Bronica S2A Manual Special Thanks to Mike Bond!
BRONICA EC-TL Manual Special Thanks to Michael Buchstaller!!
Online S2/S2A Polaroid Film Pack Manual Special Thanks to Robert Lai
Online Bronica Product Guide Dated 5/74 - AD180B5M
Identify Cameras, film backs, dark slides, special accessories..
Miscellaneous Useful Local Links
Bronica Classic Camera FAQ Bronica Site Search Engine
Bronica Users Who's Who Online Bronica User Survey
Bronica Related Projects Underway Theft Amelioration
Photography Sites with Many Links Check Your Bronica Serial Numbers
Medium Format Related Articles Medium Format Camera Sites
Bronica Related Articles From Japan Camera Repair Tips and User Tests

New for Spring 2000!
EC TTL Metering Prism Manual (.PDF)
Thanks to Ron Bennett -!!
Why Bronica S2a.. and S2.. and C
Thanks to Sam Sherman for this Review!
In Search of Crisp Images...
& Adventures in Tuning Focus
Thanks again to Sam Sherman!
Primotar 150mm f/3.5
Prime Lens #78 for classic Bronica Mounts
Bronica Model P - Does It Exist?
New Medium Format Cameras (flatness..)
A review of the NYC Photo Expo Plus by Sam Sherman
Bronica Model C Manual Courtesy of Sam Sherman!
Bronica Nikkor Lens Resolution Tests
Thanks again to Sam Sherman!
Bronica SQAM, SQA, S lens parts/service dropped issues...
(along with Bronica ETR early models support losses)
(Bronica/Tamron's 10 Year Limit on Camera Service Support?)
Bronica C Magazine Reviews
Thanks again to Sam Sherman!

New for Fall 1999!
Zeiss Lenses Adapted to Bronica Cameras
Sam Sherman shares his experiences in adapting a Zeiss 180mm Sonnar!
Bronica Film Back Insert Variations by Sam Sherman
Testing and Optimizing Crisp and AccurateBronica Focusing Tips and
Sharp Focusing Tips by Sam Sherman
Stephen Gandy's Bronica EC Page
Bronica - The Early History and Definitive Collector's Guide by Tony Hilton
Reviewed by Sam Sherman
Bronica Back Foam Sealer Replacement (Don Teat)
Bronica S2a Film Back Variations by Sam Sherman
Bronica Bellows Type 2 Review by Mahlon Haunschild
Fisheye to 120 Rollfilm Project by Greg Erker
(using 17mm f/4 Pentax for 35mm on adapted Franka body)
30mm Kiev Fisheye to Bronica Auto-Diaphragm S2/EC Mounts
Thanks to Ken Ruth of Bald Mountain - See Sam Sherman's Posting
In Praise of the Bronica C by Sam Sherman
How To Use Leaf Shutter 105mm Nikkor Lens Posting
Bronica Lens Hacking Body Caps 57x1mm for Sale

New for Summer 1999!
My Adventures in Hacking, Slashing and Adapting Odd Lenses
by Sam Sherman -
Bronica Focus Problem - How To Fix It!
by Sam Sherman -
Zenza Bronica Collector
Film Spool Differences and Film Back Mis-spacing
Bronica S2a in Movie Austin Powers...

Bronica Online Dealer Pricing Guide May 1999

Announcing New Bronica Email Discussion List!

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This list is open to anyone who wants to talk
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U.S. sources for Mr. Tony Hilton's Bronica Book
Mr. Ian Parker (of Hove Publishers) notes that Jimmy Koh's in New York - (516)826-9556
They will have copies available in early-mid April 1999 (price is $29 US).
You may also order via Mr. Ian Parker in the U.K. at directly.
Cost is #16 (16 U.K. Pounds or circa $24 US) by Visa or Mastercard - including postage.

New for March 1999
Low Cost 30mm Kiev Fisheye for Bronica
Need a medium format 30mm fisheye for $200+ US?
A happy user reports on his project!

New for February 1999
Zenzanon 150mm f3.5 MC
Lens #76 - MC version is a bit smaller than normal version
Special thanks to Jvrg Ritthammer for this Update!

New for December 1998
Bronica S2 Hi-Resolution Images (Thanks to Oleg Volk!)

New for November 1998
Bronica S Page (Stephen Gandy Classic Camera Profiles)
Bronica Perspective Control Shift Lens Adapter
Preserves Infinity Focusing with Wide Angle Lenses
Offers Panoramic Photography Options - Cost $5!
100mm f/2 Komura Lens for Bronica (lens #75)
Fast Medium Format Lenses and Bronica Nikkors
Medium Format Zoom Lenses for Bronica
Converting 2 1/4 Slide Projector Zoom lenses for 6x6cm

New for October 1998

Danny Gonzalez' Medium Format Camera Reviews Index
Overview Part I | Overview Part II
Overview of 6x4.5 | Overview of 6x6 | Overview of 6x7
Pentax 645 | Pentax 645N AF
Hasselblad Overview | Rollei Overview | Bronica Overview
Posted locally courtesy of Danny Gonzalez

170-320mm f/4 Zoomar For Bronica S/S2/EC (Stephen Gandy)
BRONICA EC-TL Manual Online (.jpg)
Special Thanks to Michael Buchstaller!!
Romancing the Rare Earths - A History of the Enhancing Filter
by Howard G. Ross (special thanks to John W. Horton)
Anamorphic Lenses for Panoramic Photography
Low cost 6x9 and 6x12 effects from 6x6 cameras??
Bronica D Review Page (Special thanks to Stephen Gandy!)
Medium Format Macrophotography
Lens #74 - 400mm f5.5 Meyer Optik Telemegor

May 18th - Classic Bronica Collector's Book Now Out!!!
Tony Hilton's book on Classic Bronica's, titled
Bronica - The early History and Definitive Collector's Guide is now out...
Michael Beard reports he has ''started reading it and it has some interesting facts in it...''
Available from Amphoto in USA, by Hove Publishers - History of Bronica by Tony Hilton

New for September 1998
Myron A. Seiden's Lenses for Classic Bronicas (Rev. 3)
Adapt Oddball Lenses for Better TeleShots by Howard G. Ross
Bronica Lens Hacking Article from May 1970 Modern Photography
Special Thanks to Howard G. Ross and John W. Horton
500mm f/7 Komura (manual)
Nikon to Bronica Adapter
100mm f2.8 Sankyo Kohki lens (EBAY)

New for August 1998
Shinsaku Hiura's Nikkor for Medium Format
(Bronica EC, Makina 67..)
Bronica Historian Mr. Michael Beard's Repair Site Pages
Short History of Yoshino Zenzaburo, Books on Bronnies,
New Products, Sample Service Charges, Other Bronica Fans..

New for July 1998
Mr. Howard G. Ross' early (Bronica..) lens hacking article:
Adapt Oddball Lenses for Better Tele Shots
Special thanks to John W. Horton! [Draft 7/98]
7 Minty S2a Photos - Thanks to Bob
Bronica Related Posts on Med. Fmt. Digest
New Yashica 120 MF Camera
New MF/LF Magazine (British)
Bronica Prism Diopter Lens Substitution Post
Camera Bag Alternatives (coolers etc.)
Greg Erker's Bronica 57mmx1 to 58mm x.75
Macro Reversing Ring Adapter Project (circa $15)

Use reversed 35mm lenses for macro on S2/EC/C..
Ari Pesonen's Bronica to Rollei Med Fmt Mount Conversion

New for June 1998
Bronica Model D Manual courtesy of Michael Beard
Text posted June 12 - photos to follow...
Bronica ETR/S/Si and Zenzanon Lenses Page
Special Thanks to Tom White for Info!
Warning: Anti-Paparazzi Anti-Photographer Act (feinstein)
Med Fmt Loupes from Toys, Enlarger Lens, or Normal Lens
Bronica EC Microscope Adapter Photo
Bronica EC Tilt/Shift Bellows Photos
New Bronica Lens - 30mm Nikkor Fisheye (Thanks Tony Hilton!)

New for May 1998
Lenses for classic Zenza Bronica Cameras by Myron Allan Seiden
An extensive review of Bronica lenses and related information! A must-read!
*** new Bronica lens Zenzanon MC 80mm f2.8 lens by Karl Zeiss Jena DDR***
EBAY Online Auction of Bronica Items/Prices
New Prism, Magnifying Hood, and Extension Tube photos (thanks, Bob!)
New Bronica 40mm, 105mm, 135mm, 200mm lens photos (thanks, Bob!)
Polaroid Back for Bronica Photos (Ebay for-sale thru 5/14)
Vivitar 2x Teleconverter for S2/EC
Komura 500 f/7 lens and focusing mount photo
Nikkor 600mm f5.6 Tele-lens for Bronica Mount
126 Film to be discontinued AD2000

New for April 1998
History of the Medium Format SLR
Medium Format Camera Library
Medium Format Related Local Articles
Medium Format and General Photography Links
Shutter Speed Tester (under $5)
Ground Glass Screen Repair Notes
Series Filter Sizes (VIII+IX used on Bronica Lenses)
Nikkor ''P'' 75mm Lens (fifth normal lens!)
Special Thanks to Michael Buchstaller for info!

New for March 1998
Kodak Free Film Offer E100S/SW Ektachrome 120 (800#)
Kodak Warning! - Xrays from new Airport Xray Machines
Bronica EC-II review article summary (Thanks to Mick Doe)
Bronica ECTL Accessories Listing (Thanks to Mick Doe)
200mm f3.5 Zenzanon, 300mm f5.6 Nikkor - Lenses #71-#72
Bronica Z Manual (Thanks to David Brown)
85mm f1.8 Auto-Nikkor lens (lens #70)
Bob Shell of Shutterbug on S2A...
Bronica D Notes - Brit. Amateur Photogr. (thanks to Mick Doe)
Bronica S Review - Brit. Amateur Photogr. (thanks again to Mick Doe)
Michael Beard's Bronica S Manual (text and 200kb+ photos)
Bronica Series VIII Lens Hood (Darryl Schaeffer)
New Third Party Medium Format Japanese Lens Maker..

New for February 1998
Carl Zeiss Jena made some Zenzanon lenses post
Two more Normal 75/80mm lenses identified
Bronica S Bellows (photo thanks to Greg Erker)
Has lens board rise but no fall, side to side tilts
Classic Camera Film Sizes, Sources, and Film Adapters
(films from 101 to 125, 126 to 828, and adapters)
Panoramic Photographs from Classic Cameras
Using Polaroid Camera Lenses on MF and 4x5 Cameras
Pinhole Body Caps
Lens Fault Hierarchy (dust, scratches, fungus..)
Photographic Filters (markups, protective..)
Lens and Prism Recoating FAQ
Lens Cleaning Techniques
Batteries for Photographers (sources, HG..)
InfraRed Films for 120 and larger (posting and link)
Fresnel Lenses for MF/LF (sources..)
Superslide Cutter (KEH $29) related superslide article
Superslide Cutter Manual Photo courtesy R. Bender
Death Spiral of Serious Photography (local article)

New and Updated in January 1998
Twenty new adapter mount Lenses for Bronica
1000mm f6.3 Nikkor for Deluxe
90mm f2.8 1:1 macro and 300mm f/4 Kilar Lenses
Bronica's First Polaroid Back (1964)
Novoflex Bellows for Bronica
Adapter Mount Lens Discussion
Fast bayonet mount filter adapters?
Ultraviolet Photography using Older Bronica Lenses
Thinner Tmax film eliminates problems
Found - Dark Slide Source and Review
Bronica Mini-prism mounts on Waist Level Finder
Nikkor 105 Leaf Shutter Operation
Camera and Lens Buying Tests
Secret Prototype CdS Bronica Meter (1966)
Prism A and B
Bronica Bellows Blurb
Those Awful Final 1970s Bronica Ads
Those Great Early 1960/70s Bronica Ads
Bronica Deluxe Ads (1959)
Bronica Deluxe Features
Bronica S Ads (1961)
Price Analysis 1975 vs 1997
Bronica EC-TL Review Article
Bronica Aquaflex Underwater Housing
New Bronica Ad Prices/sources
Bronica FAQ ver. 1.7 updates
Bronica Net Postings (sundry at end)
Bronica Users added.. Are you listed?
Tamron Site Updates
Photography Related Articles
Medium Format Slide Projectors (new/used)
Ultrawide Angle Lens Options, Prices..
Lens Mount Converters FAQ ver. 1.2
Sources of 127 Film
Replacing Deteriorated Camera Foam
Camera Gasket Repairs
Bellows Repair Tricks
Top 10 Myths of Photography
Astronomy 1987 - Under $10 Telescopes - Lens Hacking
Miscellaneous Notable Links
What Camera Rating Terms Really Mean! (hysterical)
How to Shoot a Nikon F/4 lens at F/2.8 (an oops ad!)

From Popular Photography Dec. 1995
Cheapskate's Guide to Medium Format
Where does this leave the 6x6-er on a budget?
Look for a clean Bronica S2 or S2A
(tank-like, all mechanical)...Jason Schneider

(n.b. JS is the Camera Collector's Collector ;-)
Photo and Caption from Pop. Photo. Article
What about a Classic 6x6:
Older models like this Bronica S2A
can be serviceable bargains

(note: Bronica shown is not an S2A ;-)
but we share his sentiments)

Bronica Camera Items - For Sale - Wanted to Buy Pages
Review Ads By Category
Ads by Individuals Ads by Dealers Wanted to Buy Ads
Bronica Manuals For Sale - EC-TL, EC, S2A, S2, S, C, Film Backs, Ext. Tubes..
Place a Free Ad Here!
Place an Individual Ad Place a Camera Dealer Ad Place a Wanted to Buy Ad

Articles and Contributions from Classic Bronica Users
Deja Vu - Bronica's Stable Prices - 1982 vs. 1987 vs. 1997
Michael Gillett's Bronica Lenses Depth of Field Calculator
Michael Beard's Bronica Serial Number Identification
Bronica Threaded Lens Mount Adapters
Bronica Lenses Field of View
Bronica Macrophotography Accessories (photos)
Mk2, Ext. Tubes, Lens Reversing Rings
Contributed by Greg Erker - Thanks Greg! (175kb)
Bronica S2A Viewfinder Accessories (photos)
TTL meter (7kb), Magnyhood (16kb), Prisms (22 kb)
Contributed by Greg Erker - Thanks Again Greg!
Bronica S Bellows - Photo Courtesy of Greg Erker
Has lens board rise but no fall, side to side tilts
Bronica S2 sales Brochure (jpegs below)
Camera Elements Blowup (10k) Nikkor Lenses (38k)
View from 4 sides (87k) Bellows and Ext Tubes (37k)
p.1 cover (Eagle) (167k), p.2 S2/C specs (138k)
p.3 Parts ID (120k) p.4 Meters, Backs, Hoods (157k)
p.5 Lenses, Bellows.. (156k) p.6 Accessories Lists (173k)
Our Thanks to Bill Barton (Va.) for Sharing This Information!
(In)famous Shutter Sound Bronica S2A vs. Kowa 6 (.wav)

Bronica Classic Camera Notes and Net-Wisdom Index

Medium Format Digest:

  • Medium Format Digest Links (archives, search engine..)

    Bronica Quality:

  • Bronica Quality Note
  • Hassy Owner Galled by Bronica Lens Quality
  • Bronica mechanics vs. Hasselblad
  • Picking Bronica over Kiev Reasons

    Bronica Camera Features:

  • EC features
  • Bronica Model ID comment - gears on earlier vs. later S2a

    Mirrors, vibration, sharpness tests, mirror foam fix, easier focusing hints

  • Mirror Flips - S2 vs. EC
  • Tricks to minimize shutter vibration effects on sharpness
  • Query about unsharp images - camera or operator?
  • Suggested tests for sharpness problem troubleshooting
  • Unfixable Mirror focusing Problem - and how-to-fix-it
  • Mirror dampening foam fix for focusing problems comment
  • Helping Older Eyes Focus - Beattie screens, faster lenses..

    Bronica Macrophotography:

  • Macrophotography and Bellows notes
  • Macrophotography using an Enlarger Lens
  • What lenses to use on the deluxe bellows with rise/shifts?
  • EC TTL benefits for Macrophotography (EC, ECTL)

    Film Tips:

  • S2a lightweight film problem (Ilford..) - mirror vacuum (EC fixed)
  • Film - avoid thick films like Tmax..

    Bronica Lenses:

  • Bronica Lens Design Unique (no retrofocus needed..)
  • Nikkor 150 sharpest lens?
  • S2a lacks 2 features but lenses as good as Hasselblad..
  • Q and A about lenses, repairs, reliability..
  • Bronica Lenses - Interchangeability, quality
  • Komura Lenses - quality, focal lengths
  • Bronica Lens Saturation and Contrast in MF vs 35mm
  • Opinion on Bronica Lenses vs. Zeiss
  • Medium Format has less Depth of Field than 35mm
  • Medium Format Lens Test - Bronica vs. Hassy, Kowa, Rollei..

    Camera Storage Tips:

  • Camera Storage Idea - Tupperware against Humidity
  • Camera Storage - Shutter Exercise Idea

    For Sale - Projectors and Manuals:

  • Bronica S2/C Manual and price list copies for sale
  • Surplus 6x6 slide projector at C and H Sales

    Repair Resources:

  • Repair Resources in USA


  • Mamiya Polaroid Back converted for S2
  • Gelatin Filters in rain? Use brand that goes inside lens..
  • Dark Bronica Prism Finders - 70s technology limits
  • Homebrew Bronica Lenses Article
  • Mike Bond's Bronica Body Cap Adapter for Barrel Lenses
  • $15 Body Cap Adapter mounts 35mm Nikon MacroLens (photos)
  • 57mm Thread Mount Adapter for Leaf Shutter Xsynch Lenses
  • Tom Fuller's 500mm Super Tele: 12 cents/mm using Process lens
  • Telescope and Microscope eyepiece mounting adapter options
  • Using 8mm/16mm movie lenses in eyepiece projection mounts
  • Perspective Control Bellows trick provides infinity focus
  • Surplus Repro Lens becomes Bronica's missing flat field lens
  • Converting tele-lens in T-mounts to Bronica mount adapters
  • Macrophotography with variable length zoom extension tubes
  • Using discarded Disc/110 camera lenses in macrophotography
  • Tips and rules on using generic lenses with Bronica adapters

  • Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999
    From: Lance Bledsoe

    This list is open to anyone who wants to talk about Bronica cameras -- all makes and models!

    Until further notice, just about anything goes this list. Occasional posts of "Wanted" and "For Sale" posts are welcomed, as long as things don't get out of hand. Discussion on peripheral topics is just fine as long as others don't mind.

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    October 29, 1999 Update!!

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