Medium Format, Modular, and Underappreciated: The Zenza Bronica ETRSi

As the film photography world is hurdling forward, increasing in popularity seemingly day by day, the hunt for an affordable medium format camera is getting more and more difficult. This may be the last great option for 645 film photography. 

In this video, Karin Majoka does a breakdown of the Zenza Bronica ETRSi, the youngest of the Bronica ETR system. I don’t personally have any firsthand experience with the ETRSi, but I have friends with Zenza Bronica cameras, and they love them. This particular camera has my favorite and arguably “must-need” feature: interchangeable backs. The ability to change your film from one shot to the next is an underrated feature for a film camera. The older siblings of the ETRSi lack what I would consider is one of the most important additional considerations, mirror lock-up mode; however, it did manage to make it onto the ETRSi. 

If you’ve been on the prowl for a medium format camera, you’ll know that prices have been getting higher and higher, with many of the more popular options now crossing the threshold of being “too expensive” for many people. As far as I see it, this is where the Zenza Bronica ETR system steps in. It can still be had for much less than its Mamiya or Pentax counterparts while still boasting many of the same features. 

Do you have any experience with Zenza Bronica cameras or more specifically, the ETR system? What were your thoughts?


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