Support our Sponsors, they keep FADU free:   AG Photographic   Keyphoto   The Imaging Warehouse   Process Supplies   RH Designs   RK Photo   Second-hand Darkroom Supplies   Silverprint Ltd

Notices

Go Back   Film and Darkroom User > Equipment > Cameras - medium format

  ***   Click here for the FADU 2015/2014 Yearbooks   ***

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 1st January 2022, 06:22 PM
John King John King is offline
Friend
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: County Durham
Posts: 2,843
Default New camera (to me)

I mentioned in another section about Christmas Presents that I was getting my own this year and it arrived on Wednesday. An almost mint - and I mean mint Bronica SQ-A with waste level finder & 80mm/2.8PS lens . I won't say how much it cost but it was lower than anything else I have seen for a long time. It came complete with a genuine Bronica two part case which probably explains why it is in such good condition. It also has a proper Bronica neck strap

The only real blemish I can find is where the two claws attach the back onto the body. And that happens on all bodies when they get used.

Tomorrow the weather is still quite mild but the promise of sun between 9am and 3pm will give me the chance to get out and try it for real.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 1st January 2022, 08:16 PM
MartyNL's Avatar
MartyNL MartyNL is offline
Friend
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: based in The Netherlands
Posts: 3,024
Default

Sounds like you've scored on a great piece of kit, John. Have fun!
__________________
MartyNL

ďReaching a creative state of mind thru positive action
is considered preferable to waiting for inspiration.Ē
- Minor White, 1950
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 1st January 2022, 11:54 PM
Dave Hodson's Avatar
Dave Hodson Dave Hodson is offline
Friend
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 61
Default

Congratulations John -that's a camera I've always wanted. Still looking however.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 2nd January 2022, 07:15 AM
Paulographic Paulographic is offline
Friend
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Mid Pennines
Posts: 810
Default

I've built up a fairly large SQ outfit over the years and found it a great piece of kit to use for all sorts of photography (in a studio in my case), simple and straightforward in operation.
I find locating the two little slots at top when attaching a back to be fiddly at times especially with a prism finder in place, I invariably remove the finder to see them better.
Another niggle is the dark slide which must be fully pushed in otherwise if only slightly out and not visibly so the shutter will still fire.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 2nd January 2022, 10:19 AM
alexmuir alexmuir is offline
Friend
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Glasgow, Scotland.
Posts: 2,458
Default

I sold a few SQ backs last year. I had bought quite a few when I got the first camera, but realised that you donít actually need more than one or two, unless youíre working professionally.
One thing to watch when buying them is the light seals. There are quite a few foam strips inside the back, and they arenít all easy to get at. I believe that Jon Goodman sold a kit at one time, but I donít think it is currently available. Iíve replaced them successfully myself from bulk materials, but a proper kit would make things much easier.
Alex


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 13th January 2022, 09:15 AM
snusmumriken snusmumriken is offline
Friend
 
Join Date: Oct 2021
Location: UK
Posts: 112
Default

A waste level finder: is that for plumbing the depths?
__________________
Jonathan

http://www.allmyeye.co.uk
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 13th January 2022, 09:21 AM
Paulographic Paulographic is offline
Friend
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Mid Pennines
Posts: 810
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by snusmumriken View Post
A waste level finder: is that for plumbing the depths?
I think it warns you when you're exposing incorrectly so as to avoid wasting film.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 13th January 2022, 11:06 AM
John King John King is offline
Friend
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: County Durham
Posts: 2,843
Default In use

I have been a bit slow off the starting blocks to get to use the SQa. Not all my fault it, was the waiting for film to arrive in the post. Anyway I have used a FP3+ and a Foma 100. Apart from wasting a couple of frames the negatives were all well exposed which also proved my elderly MInolta Autometer 3 meter is still accurate.

I did find the lens does seem to be prone to flare if pointed anywhere near the sun, but that may be down to the filter - it is only a single coated version even though I used quite a deep lens hood. I now have an MC filter so we will see.

The waist level finder is a dream to use with the size of the screen. It doesn't matter to me if the composition is back to front,if I don't like the composition when I print it, I can always reverse the negative.

What took me aback a bit was the colour of the developer after developing the Foma film which I had never used before. It was poured away (ID11 diluted 1to1) and it was bright green, the same shade as a Granny Smith Apple! I assume it was the anti halation layer. No problems but a bit of a surprise.

Last edited by John King; 13th January 2022 at 11:10 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 13th January 2022, 11:46 AM
Paulographic Paulographic is offline
Friend
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Mid Pennines
Posts: 810
Default

I use the Minolta Autometer and find it accurate despite it never tallying with my Westons. With the Bronica I now mainly use the metering finders which are equally accurate.
Never had a problem with the image being reversed except the first time I panned with it.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 13th January 2022, 05:46 PM
John King John King is offline
Friend
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: County Durham
Posts: 2,843
Default Minolta Autometer 3

I have had it for 3 or 4 years and not used it for a while. It came from Mr Cad in London and I didn't pay a lot for it. I think he was having an 'off day'! I think it cost me something like £70 for it complete. It came with the incident light dome and the 5 degree spot attachment all in the original cases. I have seen the spot attachment for sale separately for around £50

The only thing I find awkward with it are the buttons on the front which are too easily changed and it only takes a light touch to change the ISO setting for Exp values whatever when you are not taking notice

Also there is no way of turning it off except to wait the 10 seconds or so for it to close down itself. Then in my bag it can easily turn on again, but still it is a damn good meter.

It matches my Nikon F100 quite closely and about a stop out with my Weston V. Even that old girl still has a lot of life in it.

Last edited by John King; 13th January 2022 at 05:50 PM.
Reply With Quote
Reply
Support our Sponsors, they keep FADU free:   AG Photographic   Keyphoto   The Imaging Warehouse   Process Supplies   RH Designs   RK Photo   Second-hand Darkroom Supplies   Silverprint Ltd

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Candid Camera Camera Shop. Nat Polton Photography in general 1 17th September 2020 04:56 PM
Camera bag for 4x5 field camera. Trevor Crone Cameras - Large Format 14 9th September 2010 05:50 PM


All times are GMT. The time now is 05:51 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.