jerry brodrick

film photographer

Hasselblads, Fujis and Bronicas…

All fabulous MF cameras to shoot film.
My Hassy is a 500C with a standard screen and requires plenty of light for focusing, well at least for my poor old eyes! I also have an EL/M body, sadly it has a problem and I can, currently, not mount a lens on it. Needs a repair, but, I’m not sure whether it’s worth spending money on it or just keeping it as a book-end/ doorstop or ornament.

The Fuji GX680 is just awesome. Again a very tricky camera to focus, but the results are stellar. The lens I use most is a 210 f/5.6. Fabulous for portraits. The front standard movements, although limited, are so useful for blurring parts of the picture and focusing on selected areas ie eyes.

Bronica ETRS, has the smallest negative of the three at 6x4.5cm. Again a lovely camera, beautifully made and the lenses are gorgeous. The 75mm f/2.8 gives stunning oof (Bokeh in the current jargon) and is probably my favourite.

Here are some pics shot last week with alll three cameras:
Model: Laura {lovely to work with) 
Assistants: Nadia (in the studio) and Damien (a very talented photographer: www.damiendentler.com )

Hasselblad 500C
Zeiss Sonnar 150mm f/4
Kodak Tri-X, developed in X-Tol 1+1 for 9 mins.

Fuji GX 680
Fujinon 210 f/5.6
Fomapan 100, developed in X-tol 1+1 for 8 mins.

Bronica ETRS,
75mm f/2.8
Fomapan 400, developed in D-76

Bronica ETRS
75mm f/2.8 and 150mm f/4
Portra 400
Assistance from Damien, with a large silver reflector and also holding the Nikon SB80DX Speedlite in the right place at the right time! Top job mate, thanks :)

What else can I say? They’re all great cameras in their own right! As always, the glass is the most important aspect with any camera purchase. Spend less on the body and more on the lenses.

As a footnote, the only editing on these photos was to remove some dust, add some contrast and a bit of dodging and burning in Photoshop. No colour correction, no skin retouching etc etc. Pretty much all I could do when printing in the darkroom, which I will be doing with some of the black and white shots.

Hope this has been of some interest to you :)
A bientot!

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