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Imagine the scene: one night in Tokyo, some Konica employees are drinking in a hostess bar. One of them looks through the bottom of his glass and has a brainwave. 'Hey!', he exclaims, 'Let’s make a camera with a clear lens cover!'
A lot of my early digital work was rooted in colour theory, and as a result (despite wanting to limit my film photography to black and white) I have shot through as many different colour films as I could find.
When it comes to medium format cameras we're spoilt for choice. This is not surprising considering that 120 film was the main format used by professionals and enthusiasts alike for a good chunk of the 20th century before 35mm film took over.
Let's start with the elephant in the room - this camera comes with some serious bling. It is in fact, a special gold-dipped version officially called the "Rolleiflex 2.8GX Expression 75 years edition".
Most people will never see, hold, or use the Bronica S2A's Nikon Nikkor-Q 25CM f/4 lens. In fact, Tony Hilton's authoritative Bronica S2A book "Bronica: The Early History and Definitive Collector's Guide" lists only five known copies.
If you want my Cliff notes on the Impossible/Polaroid Originals SX-70 Film - here they are:
It’s shit - but it’s the only shit we got.It’s useful today in a way the old stuff wasn’t back then.
Disclaimer: Unlike most film reviews that have comparison shots of the same subject, taken under different settings and exposure values, this review will feature a set of photos that show the film's capability to perform under different lighting conditions.