Lomopedia: Zenza Bronica S2


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 Hasselblad C camera.

Bronica S2 © Wikimedia Commons

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 40 mm to 200 mm. 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 6x6 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.

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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 14 mm, rotating angle of focusing ring 250 degrees
Distance Scale: for 75 mm, 50 mm, 135 mm, and 200 mm lenses
Mirror: flip down, instant return, an automatic mirror system
Diaphragm: Fully automatic diaphragm - 75 mm, 100 mm, 135 mm, 200 mm and 400 mm lenses
Depth-of-Field: Depth-of-field can be checked by pressing the 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: 100 mm × 100 mm × 140 mm
Weight: 1.790 kg

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 #gear #medium-format #review #lomopedia #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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