Bronica or Zenza Bronica (ゼンザブロニカ?) was a Japanese brand of professional 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. 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.
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 6×4.5, 6×6 and 6x7cm roll film over smaller film and digital sensor formats.
The SQ series was a modular 6x6cm square format SLR camera system with leaf shutter. The SQ-A was introduced January 1982. The SQ-A was a refinement of the SQ (which was introduced October 1980) …The Bronica SQ series cameras take square photographs on 120 and/or 220 film. Other SQ models (the SQ-Am, SQ-Ai and SQ-B) were released after the SQ-A with some minor differing features. (from Wikipedia)
Mamiya started making the RB67 in 1970 – my model is the RB67 ProS, a georgeous, heavy chunky Medium Format SLR that appears to take really lovely 6 x 7 photographs. The ‘RB’ refers to the ability to rotate the film back of this camera easily from landscape to portrait aspect.
In 1970, Mamiya introduced the RB67 6×7 cm professional single lens reflex (SLR). The RB67, a large, heavy, medium-format camera with built-in closeup bellows was innovative and successful. Previous medium-format professional cameras used the square 6×6cm format which did not require the camera to be rotated for photographs in portrait orientation, problematical with large and heavy cameras when tripod-mounted. The RB67 had a rotating back which enabled photographs to be taken in either landscape or portrait orientation without rotating the camera, at the expense of additional weight and bulk. The RB67 soon became widely used by professional studio photographers.
The Polaroid 600 SE is the “flagship” professional camera of Polaroid’s range of cameras, based on the Mamiya Press camera and indeed it uses Mamiya lenses that produce very crisp images. It is fully manual, very solidly constructed and rather large, so a sturdy tripod certainly comes in handy. It takes beautiful pictures. It comes with a 127mm lens as standard but takes 2 other optional lenses, a “portrait” (150mm) and a “wide-angle” (75mm) lens. It caters for removable/exchangeable film backs and with a Mamiya adapter, 120 film backs can be used (I am fortunate to have a 6 x 9 Mamiya 120 back) You can read my more comprehensive review of this camera at polanoid.net
This 35mm film rangefinder camera has a 40mm 1:1.7 lens, very fast, quite effective in low light situations without flash. Smaller than the Yashica GTN I also own, this camera feels very solid but compact in my hands, it is a beautiful camera to hold and shoot with and the photographic results are extremely pleasing to the eyes.
This image of my GX shows the original Yashica metal lens shade (that was an optional extra I presume) the previous owner told me it took him forever to track that particular accessory down.