I have been toying with the idea of trying Medium Format photography for a while now. I enjoy the 35 mm analogue experience but am curious as to what else I can gain from Medium Format.
The cameras are much larger and appear more rudimentary. The scale also appears to ensure you have to slow down, to compose more and not waste shots through speed or costs (a 120 roll will get me about 16 shots).
I did try a waist-level viewfinder camera when I visited the Photography Museum last year and am interested to see how this differs my photographic experiences and development.
I’ve also been avidly following the exploits of Natalie Smart who is achieving some great results with her Hasselblad 500c/m which has made me curious.
All of this had my interest but I didn’t do anything until the final push which was an article in a recent edition of Amateur Photographer which covered lots of insights about analogue cameras.
Typically I completed lots of research, read lots of articles and watched many videos before I came to a decision and decided to try and get my hands on a Bronica ETRS.
The rise in interest in analogue photography has driven the prices up and the bidding on eBay can be a bit frustrating – I lost out twice in the final seconds of an auction which was damn annoying.
Anyway, I have now been successful and took ownership of a Bronica ETRS which is in great condition, came with a leather case, extra film back, instructions and a light meter 🙂
It appears to be working well and the glass seems very clear. I need to give it a clean but I think it’s good to go.
I have taken it apart. Removed the resident spider from the mirror box, cleaned off many years of dirt and it’s good as new.
There’s a film already loaded and I have two films from Analogue Wonderland to test. Having the two film backs is great as it means I can chop and change when I want to.
I am not sure I will develop these roles myself as I want to ensure the camera is working so would rather have them professionally developed and scanned so I can check the quality.
The camera is quite a beast though – quite a significant weight and size difference from my normal 35 mm and Micro Four Thirds cameras. A tripod will be necessary when I use it I think!
I am looking forwarding to giving the Bronica a test run – what this space for photos!
I have to say thank you to Medium Format Shop for featuring the photo above. I had some criticism but overwhelming the support was great. At the latest count 586 people liked this photo on the Medium Format Shop profile and I’ve picked up a few new followers.
The photographic community is a diverse and friendly bunch (with a few exceptions!). Thanks for all the likes and hello to new followers and readers.