Bronica GS-1 system - anything I should know?

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  1. BobNewYork

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    I just picked up a two body GS-1 system through eBay from a really nice guy on the left coast. Has the rotary prism and the AE prism and six lenses - 50mm, 65mm, 100mm, 110mm macro, 150mm and 250mm. I'd had an SQ system for years but lost it. This is the replacement. Looks awesome - clean, good optics etc. Anything I should know before I break it?:tongue:
     
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    Its heavy as hell, hope you have a good grip for it cause vertical position can be a pain. Otherwise it makes top notch negs and positive :wink:
     
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    Thanks Mr. H - yes I think I'll have big arms to go with my puny legs! I have a quick winder for each of the bodies so that should help.
     
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    It's the biggest bloody 35mm camera I've ever seen!!!
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    Six lenses.... you are going to be busy.... :smile: The PG lenses are amazing... It's a great camera, and from what I can see, very reliable.... The grips and prisms are great, but I've been stripping mine down a bit... for portability/flexibility. Too bad I don't have a WLF. I really think I'd enjoy that with this camera.

    Congratulations on a great purchase.

    Cheers,
     
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    Oops - just realized I posted in the wrong forum. I know, I'm an a*s - just ask the missus - she'll tell you:D
     
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    Bob, I envy you - you have described my perfect kit! I too have this wonderful camera (65mm & 100mm only) and although it's heavy, I like the "solid" feel when I handhold it.

    Well done - you'll love it.
     
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    Thanks Cobber !

    I got this to replace an SQ which I enjoyed for many years but I lost it in a fire last year. I'm actually wondering how much I'll use all the lenses. I had the 150mm and 50mm with the SQ and that met pretty much most of my needs.

    As for the weight - I certainly see what you mean. In fact I'm off to the gym to pump iron now in preparation. Figure once I can bench press a Volkswagen I'll be in good shape to shoot 6x7 !!!

    Bob H
     
  10. You will enjoy it as much as I enjoy my Hassey!

    Start shooting! :smile:

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    Ah! the advantage of a Mamiya RB67..you just rotate the back, and the framing is adjusted in the viewfinder.
     
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    Yes - I was aware of that. It was just that this outfit was just sitting there in virtual reality, (Ebay!!) and I was like a kid in a, well.......medium format camera store:D

    Bob H
     
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    ...and looking thru the viewfinder is a wow, compared to 35mm esp digital cameras.
     
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    Just an update... this week I picked up a new(ish) WLF for $65 CDN at Commercial Camera Repair in Toronto. (Gordon was as charming as ever. :D ) The GS-1 feels so different with the WLF.

    Cheers,