Testing out the Bronica

As a treat for my birthday this year, I decided to get myself a Bronica ETRSi. I’d been thinking about a different aspect-ratio medium format camera for some time (and almost bought one a few months back), so my birthday seemed a good time to take the plunge. The camera I got is in nice condition and came with the 75mm Zenzanon f/2.8 lens, the speed-grip, and the AEII prism finder. The camera is very heavy in comparison with any others I own and, especially when the lens hood is fitted, looks like I’m carrying a movie camera around with me!

The camera came fitted with the standard, plain ground-glass focussing screen. While this is in pristine condition, I found that it was very difficult to finesse my focusing – especially when using wider apertures at closer distances. However, I managed to find a split-prism finder that someone had advertised as faulty and scratched, so I took the plunge and took a chance on it. The new focusing screen works fine and, while it’s certainly seen some action and gained a number of battle scars in its time, it’s still nice and bright and the focussing is much, much easier with the split prism.

I took a few family shots last week and decided to finsh off my test roll this lunchtime so headed out to the nearby village of Ridgeway for a short walk and to shoot the remaining six frames.  While the camera is very weighty, the speed-grip makes it pretty comfortable to handle in both landscape and portrait orientations, and I had no problems controlling it.

I dropped the film off on my way back to work and was very fortunate when the lab were able to process it before they closed this afternoon, so a big thanks and shout-out to the great people at Peak Imaging.

Here are three of the shots that I’ve scanned and uploaded.

FILM - Little landscapes

FILM - Church gate

FILM - Resting places

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Kodak Tri-X (expired).

Taken on 4 July 2019


Times change

I really like the way this quaint village scene came out (it’s in Eyam). It has a nice contrast and crispness about it. It has a somewhat nostalgic air, or a least it does until you notice the modern cars in the background and the fact that the phone box has now been modified to house a defibrillator instead of a payphone. Hopefully no-one will attempt to make a call with it! 🙂

FILM - Times change

Yashica Mat 124 G & Kodak Tri-X.

Taken on 2 February 2019

Winter walkers

My initial plan for this photo was just of an empty scene with the track curving around to White Edge Lodge in the middle-right of the frame but, upon seeing this couple and their dog approaching, I held the composition until they were close and had a separation between them. They probably wondered what I was doing, standing still with a weird-looking old-fashioned camera as they walked by, although both responded to my greeting of “good morning” in a friendly way. 🙂

FILM - Winter walkers

Yashica Mat 124 G & Kodak Tri-X.

Taken on 20 January 2019

Completely in love

I’ve taken shots of the love-locks on this particular bridge a number of times before. It’s not festooned with them or anything – there are maybe a couple of dozen or so – so it’ll probably be a while before the bridge is in danger of collapse and the authorities turn up with bolt-cutters.

FILM - Completeness

Olympus OM-1, Zuiko 28mm f/3.5 & Kodak Tri-X

Taken on 23 March 2018