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Bronica ETR-Si Medium Format

4.57 star rating
                      4.57 / 5 (30 Reviews)
MSRP : $1100.00

  • Camera TypeSLR (Single Lens Reflex)
    Interchangeable LensesInterchangeable Lenses
    Shutter Speed500 - 8 sec
    Interchangeable Film BackWith Interchangeable Film Back
    Depth2.72 in.
    Height3.43 in.
    Width2.72 in.
    Weight16 oz.
    Product ID20296487

Product Description

4.5x6cm format lens shutter single lens reflex camera, w/interchangeable lens, film back, finder and focusing screen systems.

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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BrianL a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2011

Strengths:    I have used the camera for all types of nonprofessional shooting and it has never failed me or skipped a beat. Th elenses are all late MC lenses and are the E series. Very sharp. I've got a 35mm back and using it as 35mm camera, I've gone up against the likes of Nikon, Leica, and Canon in slide competitions and never felt the lenses held me back.

With the speedgrip and AEII metered finder, it feels and handles just like a 35mm slr and is not heaver than a number of totl 35mm cameras and very close to my Olympus E520 DSLR. No a lightweight but, not as heavy as one might expect.

The leaf shutter in lens means if a shutter should freeze while out, all is not lost, just swap lenses. The AE finder is accurate and never failed to dial in quite close to my hand held meter.

Most of the lenses have the same filter size, a big plus as filters, especially polarizers can be quite expensive space takers adding weight in the field.

Weaknesses:    Only nitpickiing. To change lenses the shutter needs to be wound. I am old school and do not like to store shutters in that state. After all these years, it seems not to have degraded the shutter speed accuracy so not really concerned. The ETRSi that came out later addressed the lack of a mirror lockup in the ETR/ETRS bodies. I have not had any photos where the lack thereof has noticably affected the result but, I always preferred using the lockup feature of my 35mm slrs that had the feature.

The original motor drive is VERY heavy but, this was replaced by 2 later lighter models. Dictates tripod use or a very strong muscular physique. I've used it handheld but it adds oo much weight to want to walk around with it in the field.

The AEII finder has a continious AE measurement, no way to lock an exposure. This means it generally will yield acceptable results but limits its use when wanting to meter on a particular part of the subject matter. Hence, a handheld meter becomes a good friend. The later AEIII has a spot meter while the AEII dies not have this option. I am not sure if the AEIII can lok a reading.

Bottom Line:   
I got my ETRS system in about 1988 in a trade for a fairly extensive 35mm a nd 1.2 frame camera collection wanted by the photo dealer. It was about 6 months old and owned by a son of the owner of a local newspaper. Much of the system was still in original boxes and appeared not used. Since buying it I disposed of almost all my 35mm gear except my Leica CL. With the 35mm back, it covers both film sizes and means no double investment in camera systems and only need to know and understand 1 system.

It feels rock solid and with the modular system, seems to be configurable to just about what anyone could feel comfortable with. MC lenses have been panned by some when compared to the late formulations and competitors lenses but in my experience, the lenses are excellent. Admittedly, I have the later E formulated lenses and none of the earlier MC formulations though my lenses are marked MC.


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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Purchased At:   Ray's Photo - FT Mye

Similar Products Used:   Leica CL, Rolleiflex 3.5,

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hana wood a Casual

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2008

Bottom Line:   
great camera. just got it and intend on using it for portraits and landscapes.

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Duration Product Used:   0-1 years

Price Paid:    $206.00

Purchased At:   Mxv Photographic LTD

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by woody a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2005

Strengths:    Affordability, Quality, excellent standard lens, size (small for MF)

Weaknesses:    No built in meter

Bottom Line:   
Superb camera, the images are sharp and the whole system seems built to last. A very rugged camera that can be counted on to produce excellent results each time.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Skears Photographic

Similar Products Used:   Mamiya RB67

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by K25 a Expert from UK

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2003

Strengths:    Modularity - simplicity - photographer can control every aspect of exposure - lenses and leaf shutters - build quality - concept and execution - good design - weight - available accessories - TTL flash metering - ease of filmback loading - good system of interlocks - multiple exposure - mirror lock up - reliability

Weaknesses:    Irritations is a more accurate a term - no ISO reminder on film backs (need to use film box lid) - no set place for the dark slide when back is in use - mirror lock up sequence if several images with locked up mirror are to be made.

Bottom Line:   
An outstanding machine in all respects. Robust, Reliable, Simplicity. Uncomplicated image making. It allows the photographer to make images without the mechanism of image making becoming intrusive. Lenses are a dream to use and the images are sharp. The easiest MF camera I have used and also the best. Highly recommended if you want to learn about your own photographic skills and the sunject of photography, generally speaking.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   eBay and shops

Similar Products Used:   Sinar F2 4x5, Arca Swiss 4x5, De Vere 4x5, Plaubel Makina 67, Kowa 66, Nikon D100, Canon 1D, Nikon F2, F3, FA and FM

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Divie a Intermediate from New York

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2003

Strengths:    Flash sync, metered prism finder

Weaknesses:    lenses seem flimsy, 150mm lense seems unsharp, mirror shaking is bad.

Bottom Line:   
The whole system has a flimsy feeling. The lenses don't handle very good. They have a cheap feel to them.
I liked the metered prism finder. Film backs and polaroid are easy to use. flash sync at any speed is good. It's a decent value for the price but I expected more. The 150mm lense did not seem very sharp. Mirror shaking is a killer

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Similar Products Used:   Pentax 645NII

Type of photography:   People

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