GOOD / This is a USED camera, lens and back. Overall these are in excellent shape, there are some minor signs of use and age. There appears to be some light leaks when shooting, however we do not know what needs serviced or repaired. Selling AS-IS.
When an SLR film camera is needed, there are many choices to make. With a Bronica medium format camera, a user gets a focal plane shutter that operates vertically. The non-rotating shutter dial on the Bronica S2 is a B, 1 to 1/1000. This SLR film camera uses 220 roll film at 24 exposures, or 120 roll film with 12 exposures. With a leak protection curtain that is built in, the Bronica S2 makes it easy to take pictures, without worrying about extra light getting into the film. With both a bayonet and screw mount, this Bronica medium format camera allows for a variety of mounting options. The 6x6 format of the Bronica S2 allows users to capture shots slightly different than normal. The camera has a winding crank for film advancement, and an automatic film counter, making it easy to see how many pictures are left on the film. Weighing in at nearly four pounds, the camera takes gorgeous, crisp film images.
Bronica introduced a number of medium format SLRs with focal plane shutter, which used Nikkor lenses from Nikon, until this line was discontinued with the introduction of the SQ. Bronica or Zenza Bronica was a Japanese brand of medium format roll-film cameras, including rangefinder and single-lens reflex models.
Bronica cameras first appeared in 1958, when the company's founder, Zenzaburo Yoshino, introduced a camera of his own design, the Bronica Z rollfilm camera, at the Philadelphia Camera Show. The name "Zenza Bronica" is reputedly derived from Zenzaburo Brownie Camera. The Bronica Z and successor Bronicas, using large-coverage, high-quality Nikkor lenses, became instant successes.
Bronica later introduced lenses of its own manufacture with its later camera designs. Zenza Bronica Ltd. was eventually acquired by the lens manufacturer Tamron. Zenzaburo Yoshino died in 1988. Tamron discontinued the brand's single-lens reflex models (SQ, ETR and GS) in October 2004. Bronica's last model, the RF645 rangefinder camera, was discontinued in October 2005.
Bronicas were workhorse cameras for wedding and portrait photographers for many years. Secondhand Bronica cameras are still widely used by professional and serious amateur photographers, in no small part due to superior image quality of 6x4.5, 6x6 and 6x7cm roll film over smaller film and digital sensor formats. Bronica SLR cameras employed a modular design: The major components of the camera—lens, body, film back and viewfinder—were separate and interchangeable.