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Old 11th May 2020, 03:07 PM
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Last time I had a problem with my SQA not working was when I left the darkslide in after changing backs. After a few minutes of faffing about with the controls and replacing the lens etc the embarrassing reason suddenly struck like a wet fish in the face when I started to replace the original back to see if the issue was with the replacement... So yes, everything needs to be properly connected (or in this case, disconnected!). It may be that the problem with the camera not firing until you re-seat the lens may be due to the pins not mating properly as these cameras and lenses are getting a bit old now and may be in need of a clean and lube.

P.S. The camera may not want to wind and fire if there is no film in the camera (as Tom advises above, there are a number of interlocks on the camera to make life safer - and annoying when they stop you from doing things you want to do). Pull the darkslide out and it should fire and wind on for testing. If that fails, take the back right off and try again. Likewise, you can't change the lens if the camera is not wound-on (do not try to force it - it will NOT go back on again!). There is a manual for the SQA on the forum here: http://www.film-and-darkroom-user.or...ead.php?t=6219

Thank you Bob, will watch out for that!

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If you are interested in extra lenses, have a look at Second Hand Darkroom where they have a good selection of used Bronica SQ lenses starting from 40mm upwards. The prices are not that horrendous either - when compare to a SQ Body starting around £650! Prices are increasing relatively quickly now.

Hi John

Will have a look there when I have saved up some pennies! My Bronica wasn’t too terrible price wise, I got it from WY Cameras, it arrives tomorrow 😁 I have seen some horrendous prices on some sites!

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Ffordes often has good realistic prices although always worth double checking.
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Old 11th May 2020, 06:52 PM
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They have very little stock at present. SDS stock is quite comprehensive. The 40mm wide angle is prices around £265 for the PS version
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Collecting lenses is going to clearly take some time!😁


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No bad thing- with a completely new system it's probably worth spending time with just one lens to get a feel for the basic operation of the camera itself. The great thing about fim cameras is how much they have in common; with luck you'll take to it in no time.
I love the square format, mostly in a Mamiya. The majority of my photographs are split between the 55 and 80 lenses. The 135 is used a lot less and, the 250 is only a very occasional choice- don't worry too much about the choices available for the Bronica, choice seems more than ample to me.
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All the Rollieflex and similar owners only have or had one lens and they made some pretty good photographs! Seem to remember someone said that the best zoom lenses are your feet. The 6x6 neg can stand a lot of cropping to get in close.

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They have very little stock at present. SDS stock is quite comprehensive. The 40mm wide angle is prices around £265 for the PS version
SDS is currently closed until 1st June, on furlough, and not even astock list of anything at all, Hope they survive this Covid 19 close down
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Agreed Tony.
For some years my only MF camera was a much missed Yashiamat (fixed lens) and I often travel with a Voigtlander 667. Always in 6x6 mode, and again fixed lens. There is something liberating about not thinking about 'which lens'
I have a couple of images posted on FADU which are pretty harsh crops from 6x6, and still look better than 35mm
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They have very little stock at present. SDS stock is quite comprehensive. The 40mm wide angle is prices around £265 for the PS version
SDS is currently closed until 1st June, on furlough, and not even astock list of anything at all, Hope they survive this Covid 19 close down, I would agree that when starting out with square format better to get to know the system and the format, then decide what lenses you might need, get it wromg and it becomes expensive, for the ETR 645 I have a 50 mm that gets used a lot,a 150 that again gets a lot of use, of coutse the 75, and a 200 that rarely gets used. the 200 cost me more than all the others
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