A medium format 6x6cm film SLR system that offered high quality performance, handling convenience and versatility required for professional photography. It consisted of 5 models of the SQ series:
The SQ series cameras were developed as complete modular system cameras, with a very high degree of interchangeability in lenses, finders, focusing screens, film backs, plus a full range of other valuable accessories which permitted their use in many other day-to-day assignments, requiring a fast-handling camera with complete exposure automation. They offered the handling speed of the 35mm camera, but with the advantage of the 6x6cm frame size.
A wide range of lenses from the 35mm fisheye to the 500mm medium telephoto, plus macro and zoom lenses, were available in the system. The very compact lens designs incorporated a Seiko #0 between-lens shutter, with the electronic control mechanism in the main camera body, which also provided full flash synchronization at all shutter speeds up to 1/500 sec.
The ZENZANON lenses for the Bronica SQ system can be divided into two series:
A number of S and PS-series models were also designed and produced by Schneider-KREUZNACH in Germany.
Regardless of generation and manufacturer, all ZENZANON lenses for the Bronica SQ system cameras were noted for their high image depiction characteristics and superior color balance.
In 1995, lens manufacturer Tamron acquired the Bronica camera business. A new SQ-B camera and three new PS lenses were soon introduced, however, with the advent of digital photography, medium format sales declined at a rapid pace, and for Bronica, that slip was faster since their core customer base - portrait and wedding photographers - adapted well to digital SLR equipment. On October 1, 2004, Tamron announced the worldwide discontinuation of Bronica SLR cameras and accessories as of October 31, 2004.
|Zenza Bronica Fisheye ZENZANON-PS 35mm F/3.5||Pro||1996 ●|
|Ultra-wide angle prime lenses|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-PS 40mm F/4 • ⌀95||Pro||●|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-S 40mm F/4 • ⌀95||Pro||1980 ●|
|Wide-angle prime lenses|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-PS 50mm F/3.5 • ⌀77||Pro||●|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-S 50mm F/3.5 • ⌀67||Pro||1980 ●|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-PS 65mm F/4 • ⌀67||Pro||●|
|Standard prime lenses|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-PS 80mm F/2.8 • ⌀67||Pro||●|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-S 80mm F/2.8 • ⌀67||Pro||1980 ●|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-S 105mm F/3.5 • ⌀67||Pro||1980 ●|
|Short telephoto prime lenses|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-PS 135mm F/4 • ⌀67||Pro||1992 ●|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-PS 150mm F/4 • ⌀67||Pro||●|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-S 150mm F/3.5 • ⌀67||Pro||1980 ●|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-PS 180mm F/4.5 • ⌀67||Pro||1994 ●|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-PS 200mm F/4.5 • ⌀67||Pro||●|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-S 200mm F/4.5 • ⌀67||Pro||1980 ●|
|Medium telephoto prime lenses|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-PS 250mm F/5.6 • ⌀67||Pro||●|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-S 250mm F/5.6 • ⌀67||Pro||1980 ●|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-PS 500mm F/8 • ⌀122||Pro||●|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-S 500mm F/8 • ⌀95||Pro||1980 ●|
|Bronica Macro ZENZANON-PS 110mm F/4.5 • ⌀72 • 1:1 @ 0.37m||Pro||1998 ●|
|Zenza Bronica Macro ZENZANON-PS 110mm F/4 • ⌀67 • 1:4 @ 0.66m||Pro||●|
|Standard zoom lenses|
|Bronica ZENZANON-PS 50-100mm F/4-5.6 Aspherical • ⌀95||Pro||2002 ●|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-S Variogon 75-150mm F/4.5 • S.9a||Pro||●|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-PS Variogon 75-150mm F/4.5 • S.9a||Pro||●|
|Telephoto zoom lenses|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-S Variogon 140-280mm F/5.6 • S.9a||Pro||●|
|Zenza Bronica ZENZANON-PS Variogon 140-280mm F/5.6 • S.9a||Pro||●|
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