Lomopedia: Zenza Bronica S2

1

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 #zenza-bronica-s2 #medium-format

One Comment

  1. electrozity8
    electrozity8 ·

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

More Interesting Articles

  • Blazing Trails: An Interview with iblazr COO Oleg Malenkov

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-07-13 in #people #lifestyle
    Blazing Trails: An Interview with iblazr COO Oleg Malenkov

    Get acquainted with iblazr, a team of visionaries and pragmatists who transform bright ideas into great products. Nothing better illustrates this than iblazr, their one-of-a-kind multi functional flash with 4 LEDs. Read on to find out more about this amazing product and the story behind it.

  • 18 Awesome Belair X 6-12 Squares

    written by shhquiet on 2015-03-13 in #gear #news
    18 Awesome Belair X 6-12 Squares

    Having a Belair X 6-12 feels like owning more than just one camera. It's a medium-format camera, but paired with its special accessories you can shoot 35mm or instant photos with it, too! The versatility of its 3 photo formats also offers more options to suit your shooting needs. Here, we present to you some of the most gorgeous Belair X 6-12 photos in classic 6x6 format. Enjoy!

    11
  • Shooting Squares with the LC-A 120

    written by pripri2000 on 2015-04-22 in #gear #news
    Shooting Squares with the LC-A 120

    Capture the world and all its contours in vibrant, wide-angled photographs any time, any where! The LC-A 120 is an adventure of its own with lots of exciting functions to experiment with, like seamless long exposures or full ISO control. It's also super-fast and ultra-compact - perfect for your everyday. If you're worried about the Medium Format film, don't be! You are free to use any 120 Film you want and there are plenty to choose from. In fact, that's what makes this camera so versatile! Scroll through this gallery for a little taste of the glorious shots this nifty invention is capable of.

    1
  • Shop News

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Lovely Squares Courtesy of the Lomography Color Negative 400 (120)

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-08-02 in #gear #news
    Lovely Squares Courtesy of the Lomography Color Negative 400 (120)

    Have a look at these bright and beautiful medium format photographs from the community shot with the Lomography Color Negative 400 for 120 cameras. While you're at it, find out how you can earn piggies and have your own CN 400 (120) snaps be featured on the Online Shop!

  • Expired Earl Grey: Does It Taste Nice?

    written by Xiang Cong Tham on 2015-02-22 in #gear #reviews
    Expired Earl Grey: Does It Taste Nice?

    A lot of lomographers have experienced using and even writing about the greatness of the Lomography Earl Grey black and white 35mm ISO 100 film. However, no one has written about using an expired Earl Grey film yet. How does it fare when it is used expired? Read on to find out more.

    2
  • Robin Rimbaud Shoots with the LC-A 120

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-10-05 in #people #lomoamigos
    Robin Rimbaud Shoots with the LC-A 120

    Robin Rimbaud is a UK based artist, record producer, and composer who works under the name "Scanner" in reference to his use of mobile phone signals and police scanners in his early performances. He has worked on soundtracks for films, sound installations, radio, dance and theater. Robin also has a passion for medium format photography, owns a Holga camera and has a unique photographic style. Get to know him in this interview, where he talks about his personal work as well as his experience with the Lomo LC-A 120.

  • Shop News

    Explore the New Jupiter 3+

    Explore the New Jupiter 3+

    A resurrection from the zenith of Russian premium optics, get the same elegance and classic compact design as its predecessor. — available in small quantities on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Shooting in Soho with the Lomo'Instant Splitzer

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-04-17 in #gear #tipster
    Shooting in Soho with the Lomo'Instant Splitzer

    A recent lunchtime break turned into a big analogue adventure when I took the Lomo'Instant camera out with the Splitzer and captured a gloriously sunny day in the heart of Soho, London. I learned a couple of great tips about shooting with this new accessory. Read on to find out more.

    1
  • A Chat with the Founder of STENOFLEX, Eric Marais

    written by jacobs on 2015-03-04 in #people #lifestyle
    A Chat with the Founder of STENOFLEX, Eric Marais

    Eric Marais is the founder of the portable dark-room experience, STENOFLEX. We recently had the chance to ask him some questions and he was kind enough to answer us! Read on to find out more about his company, his interest in photography and what's next for STENOFLEX!

    1
  • Petzval LomoAmigo: The Comeback of Diane Sagnier!

    written by lomographyfrance on 2015-04-15 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval LomoAmigo: The Comeback of Diane Sagnier!

    Perhaps you already know this young and beautiful woman? Yes, you’re right: she was one of our previous LomoAmigos! This time around, Diane Sagnier tried the Petzval Art Lens with her analog Nikon camera. Let’s find out more about her work in this exclusive interview!

  • Shop News

    Standard Photo Development Services

    Standard Photo Development Services

    Done shooting and want your films to be processed? We can process your colour and black & white 35mm, 120 or 110 films! Development, prints and scans are also included. (Service availability depends on your markets)

  • Scenes from Istanbul: Stephen Dowling and the LC-A 120

    written by Lomography London on 2015-12-03 in #world #lomoamigos
    Scenes from Istanbul: Stephen Dowling and the LC-A 120

    Stephen Dowling is no stranger to the LC-A 120 camera; he has brought it on trips to Brighton, Malta and most recently, on a holiday in Istanbul. In this feature, Stephen talks about his experience shooting with this medium format camera around the markets and mosques of one of Turkey's most colourful and vibrant cities.

    1
  • A Talk With Bitbanger Labs: The Guys Behind the Pixelstick

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-07-01 in #people
    A Talk With Bitbanger Labs: The Guys Behind the Pixelstick

    Duncan Frazier and Stephen McGuigan are focused on creating niche technology that inspires. Founders of Bitbanger Labs, a Brooklyn-based outlet for their ideas, the two friends developed a revolutionary light painting device — Pixelstick. We talked to them to find out more about their work and about this unique and beautiful way to take photos!

  • A Summer Of Festivals – Discover Electric Castle

    written by dop on 2015-07-18 in #world #lifestyle #locations
    A Summer Of Festivals – Discover Electric Castle

    There are quite a lot of festivals to choose from every summer and for sure everyone has his favorite. This June @danika, @hinny and @tomas_bates joined me for one of my favorites: Electric Castle Festival. Armed with loads of films & cameras, good mood and a lot of patience for the road to the heart of Romania, we set off to discover Electric Castle. Read on to find out what this off the radar festival has to offer!