Lomopedia: Zenza Bronica S2


The Zenza Bronica S2 is one of the successors of the 6x6 focal plane shutter SLRs from Bronica. Read on to find out more about this nifty medium format SLR in this installment of Lomopedia.

Images via Howard Somerville on Flickr and Wikipedia Commons

Zenza Bronica cameras are known for their sharp images and box-type appearance. Bronica focal plane shutter SLRs use 120 film and sports a look that rivals that of the Hassleblad C camera. The Zenza Bronica S2 , introduced in 1965, is the successor of the Bronica S and is acknowledged for its switch to a removable helical focusing mount that could focus lengths from 40mm to 200mm. Additional features like being able to switch from 120 to 220 film also made the S2 a versatile medium format SLR.

The Bronica S2 has a shutter speed range of 1 second to 1/1000s and an option to do long exposures with the bulb mode. Another thing that sets the Bronica S2 apart from other 6×6 cameras during its time is the fact that it uses specific backs for different purposes. For example, the S2 has a designated peel-back Polaroid back and a dark slide for a safety feature. Basically, you need to remove the dark slide from the S2 before shooting to make sure that you don’t get blank shots on your film. Matched with a solid tripod and fine-grained film, the Bronica S2 can produce high-quality analogue photos beyond the capabilities of smaller film types.

Technical Specifications:

  • Type: 2 1/4 x 2/14 (6cm x 6cm) single lens reflex camera
  • Film: 120 roll film, 12 exposures and 220 roll film, 24 exposures
  • Finder: Fresnel lens and large magnifier
  • Viewfinder hood: interchangeable with pentaprism finder or magnifying hood
  • Focusing: Helicoid type, stroke 14mm, rotating angle of focusing ring 250 degrees
  • Distance Scale: for 75mm, 50mm, 135mm, and 200mm lenses
  • Mirror: flip down, instant return, automatic mirror system
  • Diaphragm: Fully automatic diaphragm – 75mm, 0mm, 135mm, 200mm and 400mm lenses
  • Depth-of-Field: Depth-of-field can be checked by pressing preview button
  • Shutter: Vertical-travel focal plane shutter
  • Shutter Speeds: B, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/500, 1/1000 and ‘X’ (1/40).
  • Film winding: winding crank or knob.
  • Dimensions: 100mm x 100mm x 140mm
  • Weight: 1.790 kg
Credits: iidiko & morsini

All information and photos used in this article were sourced from Camerapedia, Wikipedia Commons, and Howard Somervile on Flickr.

written by cheeo on 2014-06-04 in #reviews #lomopedia #medium-format #zenza-bronica-s2

One Comment

  1. electrozity8
    electrozity8 ·

    I absolutely love my S2a. It's a heavy brick, but the pictures it takes are amazing.

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