We all love the simplistic use and cool designs of our favourite Lomo cameras. But sometimes you just want to step it up a notch...
…and thats why today i want to show you this camera, the Bronica SQ-A.
This camera is a beast. it shoots 120 film and is a kit camera. What do i mean by kit camera? Basically it comes in parts and you stick them together.
Let me explain. You start with your camera body. Its a big black block with a shutter speed dial on it ranging from 8s to 1/500s. You then pick a lens to attach to the front. I have a 50mm wide angle lens, an 80mm standard lens and a 150mm telephoto lens. The 80mm is amazingly sharp and goes all the way up to f2.8, that means you can get very narrow depth of field indeed!
Next you pick a viewfinder to go on top. The one on the image above is a waist level finder (i.e. you flip it up and look down onto your image). You can also get more “digital” style ones which you look through the back of and include such features as exposure metering and exposure compensation.
Next, you choose the film back. The film back is one of my favorite features of these types of camera. Instead of loading film into the camera, you load it into a back. The back then slots onto the rear of the camera and you remove a sheet of metal called a darkslide so your film is ready to be exposed. The best thing is that even with film in you can remove the back from the camera and put another one on. This means you can have any number of backs with any number of different films loaded in. Say, you’re shooting a landscape in black and white and decided that you’ll stay for the sunset and shoot some color; instead of having to rush through the roll to get it finished, just pull off the back and load some color film into a new one to attach!
Here are some samples pictures I have taken using this camera:
So if you ever get chance to use this kind of camera jump at it! Other system cameras include Hasselblads, Mamiyas and Pentaxes — all of which have their own special features. But don’t forget your roots — keep pulling that Diana F+ out!