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Bronica SQ-Ai Camera

I was lucky enough to get my hands on this beast of a camera just over a year ago! Here is my review of it so far!

The Bronica SQ-Ai is simply, a beautiful camera! When you hold it and feel its weight, you know that you are handling a well-engineered piece of equipment! They just don’t make them like they used to!

My set up is the Bronica SQ-Ai body, with a 120 film back, 80mm 2.8 lens, and a waist level viewfinder.

The viewfinder is perhaps the most impressive, really big and bright. Its a joy to use. If you have used WLV’s (waist level viewfinders) before, the Off-Axis thing takes a while to get used to. I usually use this camera on a tripod when I can, which is a bit of a pain as if you are shooting at eye level, you have to be ‘above’ eye level, in order to look through the viewfinder. You can buy a Prism viewfinder to solve this issue, but I don’t have the money at the moment!

The camera is fully manual, without even a light meter, so an external meter is needed. I believe that one of the prism viewfinders has an in-built meter though. You can also add a speed grip which makes it more durable and ‘SLR’ like, which would be better for more documentary style shooting, as being set up how I have it, it definitely suited more for studio work!

All in all, it’s a beautiful camera, and gives beautiful pictures! The lens is super sharp!

If you get a chance to try one, def do!

written by dannyfresh

5 comments

  1. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    Wonderful camera... glorious gallery!!

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  2. alex34

    alex34

    Congratulations!

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  3. simonh82

    simonh82

    Great photos!

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  4. lilo

    lilo

    Fantastic photos!

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  5. ihave2pillows

    ihave2pillows

    Great pictures!~

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