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Bronica sq First time user hints

Hi I've never taken a shot with a bronica sq with 80mm lens, I have basic knowledge of exposure etc and would love a couple of hints to get to know some simple techniques. Thanks very much.

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The lens does not have a shutter - that's in the camera body. The lens contains the aperture or f stop adjustment. It is done by injecting or retracting blades in the light stream of the lens barrel between the front and rear optics. Check the aperture blades to see if they move easily and open equally by varying the f-stop ring on the lens while looking through it. If not moving all the blades the same amount or it does not continue to restrict the opening as you increase the f-stop value, there's something wrong with the lens.

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Sounds like a problem with the single/multi "switch".
Film should not wind on in "multi" setting.
Back to the dealer - if he is reputable, he will get it fixed.

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Since I never use a TTL flash with my Bronica's, I'll give you my suggestion for a great solution. Using your TTL Metz flash, (make sure you've connected the TTL cord for Bronica ETRsi) take 8 shots at different apertures on A (Automatic), then take 8 shots at different apertures on M (Manual). I realize this will waste one 120 roll of film, but one negative will stand out as your perfect exposure. Yes, whenever you reduce the ISO in half, your basically overexposing the film by one f/stop. Just remember that this overexposes everything your shooting from foreground to background. With flash, this may cause your highlights to wash out, but any good lab could print for the highlights and make the background go darker. I used to shoot Vericolor at ISO 125 instead of it's rated ISO of 160. 
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There could be a number of issues with this problem. Make sure the contacts at the rear of the lens and those on the body that connect with those on the lens are clean and straight. If so, the problem may be in the shutter within the lens. There is a magnet inside the shutter that sometimes becomes contaminated and fails to hold the shutter blades open for the selected shutter speed. The face of the magnet may need to be cleaned. There are also timing switches that sometimes go bad or need adjusting. These internal problems need to be taken care of by a competent technician since the lens needs to be completely disassembled. I have also seen these shutters go bad and need to be replaced. Let's hope that's not the problem because it will be difficult to get a new shutter for the lens--but not imposible. God luck.

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