Last month a group of folks had a small artsy get-together in a park. I brought along a Bronica ETRSi and a Minolta 35mm camera with a 16mm fisheye lens on it.
I hadn’t shot the Bronica in a while, and the outdoor light would make shutter times faster. This Bronica only has a top speed of 1/500th…….but it was a cloudy cold day, so even shooting wide open at f/2.8 on the 75mm lens, my shutter times were slow. I was using some older 400 speed film, shooting at 100.
What I found out is that without a split image focusing screen, its not easy to focus this camera. The image just gets sharper as you focus, with a little circle in the middle of the screen where it looks more starkly in or out of focus. If there were a split image focusing screen for this, I’d buy it. At the widest aperture, it wasn’t easy to focus.
Here are the 35mm Minolta fisheye shots. I was shooting color film, but it was old high speed film, which on some, was so grainy, I decided to save them as black & white.
I need another bright sunny day for this Bronica. And less expired film.