Zenza Bronica S2 SLR Camera
The Bronica S2 camera is a high-quality, Japanese-made camera. Even though it has the nickname the poor mans Hasselblad it is in many ways more superior in its build, quality and sharpness. The Bronica S2 was first introduced in 1972. The Bronica S2 6×6 camera taking 120 and 220 medium format film. The Bronica S2 camera is functional, and easy to use though much heavier then it’s counterpart cameras, therefore I think my Bronica S2 pictured here in this blog, works much better as a studio camera on a tripod then it’s counterpart cameras, or even my Hasselblad V series 500CM.
The Zenza Bronica S2 lens is unique, and features a wide-angle lens, and the Bronica also has interchangeable view finders. The mount and mirror design are unique. It has an extra-long telescopic lens, too, which results in sharp pictures.
With the Bronica S2 camera, loading film is easy. For many years, the Bronica S2 camera was used by professionals for wedding photographs and portraits. In fact, Bronica S2 cameras are still widely used by professional photographers. It is more affordable than other cameras, another great feature of the Bronica S2 camera is its mechanical shutter and mirror. The lower part swings downward, and the upper part swings upward, this not only permits the use of deep-set lenses, but also means that the “mirror shock” of the mirror is in opposite directions, so a mirror lock-up is not needed. Zenza Bronica S2 accessories are easy to find. Used Bronica S2 cameras are still in high demand. Instructional manuals and repair manuals are readily available, if needed.
Zenza Bronica S2 SLR Manual
The Zenza Bronica S2 is the Ultimate 6cm x 6cm single lens reflex camera. with interchangeable film back magazine, it permits the change of film type in mid-roll (black-and-white to color or color to black-and-white, indoor to daylight etc…) and the shooting of several rolls of film without reloading. Either the 12 exposure 120, or the 24 exposure 220 roll film can be used on the S2.
- Shutter: Vertical running focal plane shutter. B, 1 to 1/1000, “X” (1/40), “T” (Time).
- Film Back: Removable by inserting dark slide. provided with newly-designed film holder and switch lever for 24 exposure 220 roll film.
- Standard Lens: Nikkor 75mm F2.8 lens.
- Diaphragm: Fully automatic diaphragm. Provided with depth-of-field preview button.
- Mirror: Flip-down, instant return, fully automatic mirror system
- Viewfinder Hood: Detachable type with magnifier. Interchangeable with Prism Viewfinder or Magnifying Hood.
- Focusing: Helicoid mount system. Entirely detachable.
- Flash Synchro: Automatic switch-over synchronization system. FP class bulb synchronization at all shutter speeds except “X”. M class bulb synchronization B, 1 – 1/125. F class bulb synchronization B, 1 – 1/15. Electronic Flash syncronization “X” (1/40). B, 1 – 1/15
- 24 Exposure Device: By the simple flip of a switch for 24 exposures.
- Camera Body: Made of 18-8 Stainless Steel.
Instant Return Automatic Mirror: The reflex mirror of the Zenza Bronica incorporates an original and exclusive mechanism. not found in any single lens reflex camera. Instead of moving upward, the Bronica instant return mirror slides down and forward. allowing the use of wide-angle and other deep mounted lenses. After exposure the mirror instantly and automatically returns to viewing position.
Interchangeable Film Back Magazine: You need not carry two cameras when you want to use black-and-white and color films at the same time. The interchangeable film back magazine of the S2 is removable from the camera body. After taking each picture, you can exchange one film back magazine for another preloaded magazine. Various types of film can be simultaneously used on one Bronica S2 camera. Due to the perfect automatic operation of the film back magazine with the camera body, the inadvertent double exposure is prevented and the film will be advanced only after exposure.
Exclusive Highly Efficient Shutter: The Zenza Bronica vertical focal pane shutter incorporates a special stabilizing device, insuring uniformly balanced exposure across the large 6×6 film area, even at high shutter speeds. B, 1 – 1/1000. “X” (1/40
24 Exposure Setting Device: When the 220 roll film 24 exposures can be obtained. This is an original device adopted by the Bronica easier than of other 6×6 cameras to use this particular type of film. By the simple flip of a lever, you can use the 12 exposure 120 roll film or the 24 exposure 200 roll film. (Further information is explained in Exposure settings Device below).
- Viewfinder Hood: Made of light, durable titanium, provided with 4 power magnifying glass.
- Synchro Terminal: Automatic switch-over synchronization which is coupled with the shutter speed. The flash terminal accepts a standard connecting cord (German type).
- Helicoid (Detachable Type): Specially designed for sturdy mounting of all lenses without vibrations, also permitting minimum focusing distances.
- Shutter Dial: The red, white, green and yellow colors of shutter dial numbers are color codes for flash synchro photography.
- Dark Slide: When the dark slide is in the camera, the shutter will work even if the shutter button is pressed.
- Manual Depth-Of-Field Preview Button: By pressing this depth-of-field preview button, the depth-of-field can be visually checked on the ground glass before exposing.
- Focusing Hood Retaining Lock: Interchangeable with Prism Viewfinder or magnifying Hood.
- Helicoid Release Button: When using bellows Attachment for close-up photographs, or long focal length interchangeable lenses (400mm and over) already fitted with a helicoid focusing device, the camera’s helicoid mount can be removed.
- Film Winding Crank: Folding type.
- Aperture Ring: Mounted on lens.
- Shutter Button: Provided with safety lock. Shutter release lock device can be used for “T” exposure.
- Film Counter: Automatic resetting type.
- Film Type Indicator Mask: Accepts end of film boxes. An indispensable device for the S2 camera when using interchangeable film back magazines.
- Switch Lever For 24 Exposure Film: Flip lever with automatic indicator for 12 or 24 exposures.
- Cable Release Socket: Sockets provided both on shutter release button and under camera body.
- Manual Film Winder: This winder advances film in the film back magazine for loading.
- Camera Strap Stud: Exclusive quick-snap design with safety lock, for fast, easy attachment or removal.
Removing The Film-minder Back:
Insert the dark slide into the film-minder/magazine back. Hold the camera in the left hand. With the right hand, hold the film-minder back with thumb on the protruding edge of the dark slide. Press the dark slide inward with the thumb. This will release the film-minder back from the camera. Remove the back by tilting and lifting it off the open hinge at the bottom. Note: The dark slide is only necessary for removing the film-minder back from the camera and should be withdrawn after back is attached to the camera.
How to Load film magazine on the Zenza Bronica S2
- Lift film indicator frame and press hood-lock to the right, and back will spring open.
- Press the two knobs together and lift film holder out.
- Insert empty take-up spool in top and fresh film spool on bottom. Spools are inserted by pressing out against spring pressure plates on left side.
- Draw leader paper down and across film pressure plate making sure that the leader paper is black side out.
- Insert paper end in take-up spool and wide one turn.
- Press to knobs together and insert film holder into film back making sure that the film holder studs snap firmly into place.If film holder is not yet in position, turn film winder slightly and push film holder again until it snaps into place (Be sure to turn manual film winder in direction of arrow.)
- Advance film with manual film wind on film back until film start mark matches red dot on holder.
- Close back making sure hood lock covers the red mark.
- The film indicator frame is designed to accept the end flap of the empty film box to indicate the type of film loaded in the film back.
- Only even numbers will show in the exposure counter window after the number “8” appears. Odd numbers are indicated by a line.
- After taking last (12th or 24th) exposure, wind forward until indicator in film counter window does not move.
- Open back cover and take out film holder by pressing the two knobs together.
How to User the Zenza Bronica S2
- To cock shutter and advance film, turn crank clockwise until it stops (Be sure to keep turning the crank until it stops, even if you hear a sound halfway. The sound means the shutter is wound, but the film is not advanced yet. Pressing the shutter button will result in a double exposure).
- Turn to desired aperture (“f-stop”): align to white dot. Intermediate apertures may be used between the”click” stops.
- To open focusing hood, slide hood lock to the right. To close, press down sides, then back and then the cover.
- Magnifier rises when cover is pressed towards back. Press magnifier down into place before closing hood.
- Focus by rotating helicoid while observing image on ground glass.
- Focusing scales for standard 75mm lens and 200mm telephoto lens are shown in white and scales for 135mm telephoto and 50mm wide-angle are in red. The four red dots to the right of infinity mark (∞) show the infinity points when using infra-red film.
- Depth-of-field scale for all lenses are also shown. Line between f8 and f4 represents f5.6.
- When the preview button is depressed, the diaphragm is closed down to the preselected aperture. The depth-of-field can be visually checked. (Critical focusing and viewing are done with full aperture.)
Having selected the shutter speed and diaphragm aperture, advance the film by turning the film winding knob clockwise to a firm stop. Focus the lens and you are now ready to make an exposure. To avoid camera movement, it is desirable to use a cable release when a slow shutter speed is used. Cable release sockets are provided both on the body release button and below the depth-of-field preview button.
When “T”(Time) exposure is desired, set the shutter speed dial at “B”, depress the body release button and turn the tip of the button counter-clockwise to lock it in place. This will hold the shutter open. To close the shutter, turn the tip of the button clockwise.
The body release button has a safety lock. When the camera is carried with the shutter cocked, it is best to set the safety lock. To set the safety lock, rotate the tip of the release button clockwise. When the red dot is in outside position, shutter is locked.
Making Double or Multiple Exposures:
Your Bronica has a buildt-in protection against inadvertent double exposures. However there are times where deliberate double exposures may be desired. Firstly after making one exposure, insert dark slide and remove the film-minder/Magazine. Secondly turn the winding crank until the shutter is wound. Replace the film-minder on the camera body and withdraw the dark slide. You can now make a second exposure.
Exposure Setting Device:
The 120 roll film allows 6×6 (2.1/4″ x 2.1/4″) exposures. Twenty-four exposures can be obtained on 220 roll film. Picture (A) shows lever position when using 220 roll film. Keep pressing switch lever lock button and move lever until indicator arrow points to “12” mark. After the 12th exposure the film advance crank will wind remaining film continuously onto take-up spool with no resistance. Picture (B) shows lever position when using 220 roll film. Switch lever lock button should be also pressed to move lever until arrow points to “24” mark. In this way the film winder crank will stop at every number exposure until 24 before becoming “free”, allowing the remaining film to be wound up on roll.
Flash: The Bronica flash terminal accepts a standard connecting cord (German Type P.C.)
Using Neck Strap:
The shoulder strap has coupling connectors at each end. Place these coupling connectors over the cameras strap studs on each side of the camera and press in, then adjust strap length. to remove, lift or raise the metal wings on camera stud and simultaneously lift off the coupling connector.
To Remove Lens: (A) Extend lens by turning helicoid to closest focus position. (B) Press bayonet lock with thumb, and twist to left. (counterclockwise), Remove lens by pulling straight out. To Mount Lens: (C) Line up red dots on lens and mount. Insert gently to full stop. Twist to right (clockwise) until bayonet lock snaps closed. The interchangeable lens system of the Zenza Bronica Model S2 can be used with earlier model bayonet type Bronica cameras, The screw thread (diameter 57mm, pitch 1mm) shown in picture (C) is new with Model S2 and permits extension tube set and certain very long telephoto lenses to be mounted.
The use of Nikkor optics represents an assurance of picture quality offered by no other 2 ¼ square SLR. Indeed, it is only natural for cameras so meticulously designed and engineered to be identified with the finest lenses available.
All Nikkor lenses for Bronica S2 are equipped with automatic-reopen diaphragms.
Selected by professional photographers for a variety of reasons: Practical in-between focal lengths, high lens speed, exceptional mechanical and optical performance and fine picture quality. Eight different lenses, five with automatic re-open diaphragms. All are supplied with lens hood and leather case. Komura/Bronica lenses are moderately prices.
With this broad array of fourteen high quality lenses to draw upon, the Bronica user need never be stumped for lack of the right lens, in any situation.
Using focusing hood:
The focusing hood of the Zenza Bronica Model S2 can easily be removed and inserted. It is possible to use the prism finder for eye-level focusing or the outdoors magnifying hood which is adjustable for individual eyes. [n.b., using a +/- diopter range on magnifier]
(1) Press upward the focusing hood retaining lock on the front of the camera body name plate and remove.
(2) When inserting the focusing hood match the two tips on the back side of the focusing hood frame and the two holes on the back side of the focusing hood.
Press down and lock the front side of the focusing hood.
Using Focusing Hood:
The focusing hood of the Zenza Bronica Model S2 can easily be removed and inserted. It is possible to use the prism finder for eye-level focusing or the outdoors magnifying hood which is adjustable for individual eyes.
(1) Press upward on the focusing hood retaining lock on the front of the camera name plate and remove.
(2) When inserting the focusing hood, match the two tips on the back side of the focusing hood frame and the holes on the back side of the focusing hood. Press down and lock the front side of the focusing hood.
Thank you for your Interest and hope you found this Zenza Bronica S2 SLR Manual helpful, and if you are a lucky new owner of this model and have found one in good condition, I hope you have just as much pleasure as I do taking pictures with this quality craftsmanship Bronica S2 Camera for many years to come.