|Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 11:16 pm Post subject: Bronica Zenzanon-PS 50-100mm f/4-5.6 - User Experiences?
|Bought this lens for a pretty good price, given its rarity, some time back. I saw one on eBay at that time sell for near $900. I did not pay anywhere near that. But I did find my copy had some sort of focusing issue. I finally took the time, sat down with it, and I believe I have worked through it. A fairly straightforward issue with some limit screws coming loose. I still have to re-test it. Prior to all of this, I did go out and shoot with it some (which initially led me to discover the focusing issue, which was I couldn't get it to focus at infinity at the long end of the range). But I am excited to get back out there and test this thing once more as the flexibility in focal range can be really nice.
My own initial observations are that while it's large, and relatively slow, depending on the task at hand, it can be preferable to carrying more than one lens. And I really like the range since the 50mm and the 80mm are probably my most used lenses. I use it on my SQ-Ai cameras with a WLF or the metered prism. One thing I dislike it that it seems the long end is too slow (f/5.6) for the split prism, which always seems to blackout. Curious if others find this issue as well.
My understanding is that this optic was one of the last Bronica produced, somewhat just before their demise (or being purchased by Tamron). I intend on updating the post with some results once I get out and shoot a little. For now, I would love to hear if anyone else has any experience with this lens (and definitely if you experience the blackout on the split prism at 100mm).
Here are a couple photos of the lens.
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