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Bronica AE II E Finder Owners Manual

I have a Bronica ETR-si with AE II E Finder. When using with a Qflash TTL Adapter connected to a Metz 45 CL 4, what is the best setting for perfect exposures. A or M? and if i'm using 100iso film and want to overexpose the background is it true I adjust the iso setting to 50 iso?

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  • ballochboy Jan 21, 2009

    Fotobean

    I read somewhere that the (A) stood for Aperture meaning you set the cameras aperture, and it set the shutter speed is that what you mean?

    Could I just expose for the sunset using (A) setting (say @ f 16), get the shutter speed then increase the size of the set apperture by 1 stop (f 8). This would give me the overexposed sky (Background) due to more light getting to the film, but with my Metz set to TTL and using 100 ISO/ASA film, if I then set my Qflash TTL Adapter to 100 ISO/ASA then would my subject not be lit correctly?

    Phew, me brain goes like jelly.

  • dougbrowng
    dougbrowng Jan 30, 2019

    A means Automatic; the meter sets the shutter speed so you get the proper exposure for the preset aperture. With TTL the camera turns off the flash when the exposure is correct. Set the meter to M. Set shutter and aperture for the background exposure you want. The TTL will give you the the normal foreground exposure.

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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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