Bronica ETRsi + 135W Film Back


The Bronica ETRsi is one solid medium format beast but how does it perform when coupled with a 35mm back? Not the normal 35mm back but the wide version…the 135W (very rare!) back!

What happens when a 120mm camera gets coupled with a wide 35mm back? Top that up with a metered prism and all I can say is that you’ll get endless fun with the set up.

Using the pano format back means you will (or rather…might) need to have frame lines on the focusing (if you bother about composition). You can find some of the focusing screens for 35mm backs on eBay or simply draw lines on the focusing screen with a marker pen. Of course it won’t look as neat as the 35mm screens, but hey, it works as well. :)

written by ndroo on 2011-08-19 #gear #35mm #review #panoramic #back #wide #lomography #bronica #user-review #135w #etrsi


  1. matti-one
    matti-one ·

    Wo ist denn der Unterschied zum simplen "Croppen" eines Standard Bildes 6x4,5 eines 120 Rollfilms? Den einzigen Vorteil sehe ich darin, die Filmpalette auf alle Kleinbildtypen zu erweitern.

  2. matti-one
    matti-one ·

    Is there any other difference to just crop the normal 120? The only benifit is for me to be able to use also 35mm stock.

  3. danaher
    danaher ·

    A Bronica back made for 220 film can be made into a panorama back by using 120 to 135 film spool adapters and loading 35mm film. A 6x6 Bronica SQ will give 24x54; a 6x7 Bronica GS-1 will give 24x69. --- I see no reason that the result will be any different than a 120 image cropped to 24mm height. .... I bought on eBay the Bokkeh 135 to 120 medium format film adapter…

  4. an1uk
    an1uk ·

    @danaher the only problem is this would expose the film vertically rather than horizontally, and these cameras are often not easy to work tipped sideways.

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