Originally Posted by forsakenrider
I would love to get my hands on the 135W.
Anyone have some shots from the 50 2.8? Im thinking of picking one up as its almost as wide as the 40 and a stop faster!
I manage to see two or three of the 135 W backs a year, but I am on eBay almost every day, as I buy and sell film equipment there.
I assure you that if you check eBay very often, as I do, you will eventually see one. I often do a general search on Yahoo for Bronica 135W or Bronica 135 W, and come across one occasionally.
Expect to pay dearly. This gives you the capacity to shoot X-Pan like panos w/ great lenses on your Bronica.
There is also a 135 W for the Bronica square 6X6 model. Same end pano format 24-56. That model is the SQ-A camera body. Then you can shoot square and 135 pano. I'd take either one. If I find a 135 W for the SQ-A, I'd snap it up and then find a nice SQ-A as they are also in great supply and low priced.
Bronica's biggest plus for me is the leaf shutter lenses... all of them. That keeps the body prices low, and opens up flash synch at all speeds.
I'd even step out on a limb here and say I've seen pics as good from the SQ-A Bronica lenses as any Hasselblad I have used.
BTW...I JUST LOOKED AT BRONICA SQ-A BACKS ON KEH AND THEY SHOW A 135-W BACK FOR $300. A LOT LESS TO TURN YOUR SQ-A INTO A PANO 135, THAN BUYING AN X-PAN. HEAVIER YES, ... BUT A LOT LESS MONEY...ALSO YES. PRIMARILY BECAUSE YOU CAN BUY A FULL SQ-A KIT FOR $400 TO $600, PUTTING YOU UNDER $1000 FOR THE KIT W/WIDE 135 BACK.