Congratulations on your choice of the Zenza Bronica SQ-Am single lens reflex camera which has been developed to provide the user with high quality performance, simple handling convenience and extremely useful versatility plus automatic motorized film winding and shutter cocking operations suitable for the professional photographer.
Although the Zenza Bronica SQ-Am has been designed exclusively for motorized operations, it has, also, been developed as a complete modular "system" camera possessing complete interchangeability with the interchangeable lenses and accessories developed for the SQ and SQ-A models, on which the SQ-Am is also based, and, therefore, provides the user with a very high degree of motorization in daily operations, in addition to automatic film winding and shutter cocking actions. Although instructions following are based on a standard combination consisting of the SQ-Am main body with Zenzanon-S 80mm lens, Film Back SQ 120 and Waist
Level Finder S, the choice of the lens, film back and finder is left to the discretion
of the photographer, who should choose those items best suited to the type of assignments contemplated.
To obtain best results from the Zenza Bronica SQ-Am, may we suggest that you read this instruction manual through carefully, before you even touch the camera, as your pleasure in using the camera will be even greater if you thoroughly familiarize yourself with its working parts before loading your first roll of film.
Specifications of the ZENZA BRONICA SQ-Am
|Specifications of the ZENZA
Parts of the ZENZA BRONICA
|17. Interchanging Finders 23
18. Waist-Level Finder and
Interchanging Magnifiers 23
19. Focusing Adjustments 25
20. Distance Scale and
Depth of Field Scale 26
21. Infrared Photography 27
22. Flash Photography 27
23. Multiple Exposures 28
24. Mirror Lock-Up 29
25. Remote Control Operations 32
26. Use of External Power 33
27. Interchanging Focusing Screens 34
28. Attachment of Neck Strap 35
29. Facts about the Battery 36
30. Pointers on Shooting 37
31. Care of the ZENZA BRONICA
32. Depth of Field Tables 40
33. Specifications of Zenzanon-S
|1. Loading the Batteries
2. Battery checking
3. Exchanging Lenses
4. Functions on the Hand Grip
|5. Shutter Release Warning LED
6. Attachment and Removal of
7. Construction of Film Back
|.8. Film Loading
9. ASA/ISO Film Speed Dial
10. Film Type Indicator Frame
11. Auto-Winding and Shutter Cocking ..
12. Exposure Counter
13. Film Unloading
14. Setting the Shutter Speed Dial
15. Time(T) Exposure
16. Setting the Aperture
||6 x 6cm format auto-winding lens shutter single lens reflex camera, with interchangeable lens,
||film back, finder and focusing screen systems.
55.6 x 55.6mm
||120 roll film (12 exposures);
||220 roll film (24 exposures);
135 roll film in film cartridges; and Polaroid® Land Pack films.
(Exclusive film backs for each film type.)
Zenzanon-S 80mm F2.8; interchangeable type lens; six elements in four groups; multi-layer
||anti-reflection coated; 51° angle of view; F22 minimum aperture; and minimum 0.8m focusing
67mm diameter on 50mm to 250mm lenses; and 95mm diameter on 40mm and 500mm lenses.
||Exclusive four-claw Bronica SQ bayonet mount.
||Helical focusing system built into each lens.
||Fully automatic instant reopening lens diaphragm action; equal-distant aperture scale graduations.
Electronic control SEIKO #0 between-lens leaf shutter; shutter speeds 8
sec. to 1/500 sec.,
||without intermediate settings, plus T (time exposure); mechanical control 1/500 second.
Motorized automatic film winding action.
||Multiple exposure possible with multiple exposure lever on camera main body.
||Mirror lock-up possible with the mirror lock-up switch lever on the camera main body, with
||two settings -
S - Mirror returns automatically after shutter release action.
C - Mirror stays locked up for continuous mode operation.
Mode changes with mode selector switch on the handgrip, with three settings -
||OFF - All power is switched OFF and the shutter is locked.
Sm - Single mode operation (single frame exposed).
Cm - Continuous mode operation (consecutive frames exposed).
||Exclusive film backs for 120, 220 and 135 roll films and Polaroid& Pack film.
Daylight loading interchangeable type; with 'ASA/ISO film speed dial coupling to finder with
built-in exposure meters.
||Interchangeable finder system
||Interchangeable type. Standard type, supplied with camera, has split-image rangefinder spot
surrounded by microprism ring and full-area matte screen. Flash synchronization X-setting (for all speeds up to 1/500 second).
||Red-colored LED indicator lights up at the rear end of the shutter speed scale window when the
battery check button is depressed (for checking the electronic shutter 6-volt power source).
||Single 6-volt silver oxide or alkaline-manganese battery for the electronic shutter system;
Six AA-size alkaline-manganese or NiCd batteries for the motor drive system.
||Continuous shooting or single frame exposures at the rate of 3 frames per 2 seconds
proximately) is possible with the fastest shutter speed.
|Shutter speeds usable
|| All shutter speeds can be used with auto-winding (also possible with finders having built-in exposure meters).
|Number of frames
||Approximately 500 frames can be exposed when fresh alkaline-manganese batteries are used (at normal ambient temperature)
||Drive button, Over-load warning LED, Shutter release warning LED, Remote Control terminal,
External power terminal, Hot-Shoe
||144.5(wide) x 93(high) x 132mm(long) - SQ-Am main body only.
144.5(wide) x 109(high) x 179mm(long) - SQ-Am main body, with standard lens, Film Back
SQ 120 and Waist-level Finder S.
||960 grams (SQ-Am main body, without batteries)
1,925 grams (SQ-Am main body, with standard lens, Film Back SQ 120 and Waist-level Finder S but without batteries.)
The above specifications are subject to change with or without prior notice.
1. Loading the Batteries
A single 6 volt silver oxide battery or alkaline-manganese battery is required for the electronic control lens shutter. The electronically-controlled shutter system will not work without loading the battery. The shutter will be mechanically controlled when the battery is not loaded and will be released at 1/500 sec., regardless of the setting on the shutter speed dial.
Six 1.5 volt AA-size alkaline manganese or NiCd batteries
are required for the motor drive system.
However, the performance noted in the specifications will not be possible when manganese batteries are used because of their electrical characteristics.
*The batteries noted may be obtained at any photographic equipment or electrical appliance
A. Set the mode selector switch to OFF. Then, slide the battery chamber button in the
arrow indicated direction which will permit the cover to be taken off.
The battery chamber cover is closed by, first, inserting the bottom end and then pushing the top end until it locks.
B. Taking out the upper battery holder will expose a lower battery chamber which is for the 6 volt battery of the electronic shutter. Coincide the plus (+) and minus (-) marks on the battery with similar polarity indications in the battery chamber, when inserting the battery, and then push it in with your finger.
* The shutter will be mechanically-controlled at 1/500 sec. when the battery is loaded with polarity marks reversed.
C. The six AA- size batteries for the motor drive system must be loaded in the battery holder
taken out, with their polarity marks coincided to the indications on the holder. The battery holder in which the
batteries have been loaded must be inserted into the battery chamber in the arrow- direction indicated on the holder.
2. Battery Checking
A. Set the mode selector switch to Sm or Cm and then depress the battery check button. If a red-colored LED lights up at the rear end of the shutter speed scale window, the battery for the electronic shutter is loaded properly and there is sufficient power for operations. * If the LED does not light up, (1) Mode selector switch is on "OFF" position, (2) the battery is not loaded properly or (3) it is completely drained and should be exchanged.
B. The batteries for the motor drive system are checked by setting the mode selector switch to Sm or Cm and depressing the drive button to check whether there is motor drive operation or not.
3. Exchanging Lenses
The Zenza Bronica SQ-Am will not operate properly unless the lens is attached. Furthermore, it will not be possible to attach or remove the lens unless both main body and lens are in the "cocked" condition, with the cocking pin on the lens positioned between the red-colored band and green-colored dot and the cocking pin of the body set to the green dot. When the cocking pins are not located properly for attaching the lens, simply move the cocking pin of the lens to the green dot manually, with your finger, and press the drive button to cock the lens shutter when the cocking pin of the main body is not located at the green-colored dot.
||A. To attach the lens to the body, align the orange
dot on the camera main body and the red dot on the lens, and then insert the lens fully into its
mount. Rotate in the counterclockwise direction until it stops, with an audible click,
which will indicate that it is securely locked.
||B. To detach the lens, press the lens release button down and, at
the same time, rotate the lens in the clockwise direction until it makes a full stop, at which
point it will be possible to detach the lens.
4. Functions on the Hand-Grip
||A. The mode selector switch has three settings, or OFF, Sm
and Cm. When set to OFF, all power is switched OFF and auto winding, lens shutter operation
and the built-in exposure meter of attached finders will not function. When set to
Sm, there is single exposure operation and when set to Cm, there is continuous exposures while the
shutter release button is depressed.
||B. The drive button is used to set the loaded film to the first
frame to be exposed, after it is aligned to the start-mark, to advance the film for multiple
C. When there is abnormal overload on the motor during film
winding operations, etc., the motor will stop and the red colored overload warning LED
will light up. Therefore, move the mode selector switch to OFF, check for the cause of the
overload and rectify it. Then, set the mode selector switch to Sm or Cm and it will be possible to continue shooting.
OFF, check for the cause of the overload and rectify it.
Then, set the mode selector switch to Sm or Cm and it will be possible to continue
D. The accessory shoe is a hot shoe type which means that electronic flash units with proper terminals can be used without connecting cords. However, the contact cover on the hot shoe must be removed, first, when attaching electronic flash units.
E. Depress the shutter release button gently, with the ball of the finger.
When the shutter release button is stroked gently and smoothly, it will be possible to confirm the shutter speed setting in the viewfinder area of the AE Prism Finder S, when it is attached.
5. Shutter Release Warning LED
||In the following cases, the shutter will not be
released and a shutter release warning LED will light up, outside the screen area, in the top center
of the finder:
1 . Dark slide is inserted.
2. Lens is not attached properly. (Same with automatic extension tubes, too.) 3. Lens release button is depressed.
4. Film is not advanced. (Same when exposure counter is between "S" and "1
".) 5. Batteries for motor drive operation does not have sufficient power.
6. Attachment and Removal of Film Back
The film back is a film chamber that can be attached or detached freely, thus permitting free exchange of film types even during shooting sessions.
The film back is fully coupled to the camera main body, upon attachment. Therefore, the shutter will not be released, even when the shutter release button is depressed if the film back is attached with the film still not advanced properly, and the shutter release warning LED will light up instead. The drive button should be used, in this case, to advance the film one frame.
On the other hand, should the drive button be depressed when a film back is attached with film advanced properly and, therefore, in condition for photography, the film will not be advanced.
Thus, it is possible to choose the film type most suited to the shot, even midway in the roll. An ASA/ISO film speed dial is available on the film backs and can be used for setting the film speed of the film loaded in the film back, as there is automatic
coupling when finders with built-in exposure meters are attached on the camera body. This will, of course, be very convenient when using films of different sensitivities in the film backs.
* Make full use of the interchangeable film back.
1. Color and black-and-white, in different film speeds, can be shot, as required.
2. Continuous shooting is possible if sufficient preloaded film backs are available.
3. Don't waste unsuitable film used in a previous session but simply load up a new film back with the required film type.
4. A Single SQ-Am can be used by many in the studio or at home, by using additional film backs.
* Film backs are available optionally. Therefore, the type meeting the requirements of the photographer should be chosen.
A. To attach the film back to the camera main body, simply insert the latches at the upper end of the film back into the attachment openings at the upper end of the camera main body. Then, press the lower end of the film back against the body until it locks securely.
*The dark slide must be withdrawn from its slit, upon attachment of the film back to the main body, as otherwise the shutter cannot be released. Furthermore, there is danger of the film back accidentally becoming detached from the main body, should the dark slide be
left in its slit while the camera is being carried. Therefore, make it rule to withdraw the dark
slide promptly upon attaching the film back to the main body.
B. To remove the film back from the camera main body, insert the dark slide into the dark slide slit, as illustrated, with the O mark on the dark slide at the top end. Push it all the way in.
C. Depress the film back release button and the lower end of the film back can be removed, as illustrated. Simply shift the film back up slightly and pull it away.
* The dark slide cannot be withdrawn from the film back when the film back is detached from the camera main body.
7. Construction of Film Back
A. The film back consists of a film holder and a film back frame, with exclusive film backs
available for 120 and 220 roll films.
The film holder has an insert or frame for loading film, as well
as a built-in film winding mechanism. B. The film back frame has a base with a dark slide slit and a
back cover with an ASA/ISO film speed dial and a film type indicator frame. The film back
frame completely encloses the film holder and shields it from outside light, as well as connecting it to the camera main
body and also coupling with the finders with built-in exposure meter.
8. Film Loading
||A. To open the back cover, squeeze the left and right back
cover release buttons, in the arrow-indicated directions, at the same time and the back cover
B. The film holder can be taken out for film loading, upon opening the back cover.
||C. There are two spool holders on the film holder. The top one
is for the fresh film spool while the bottom one is for the empty take-up spool. The
left-side shaft of spool holder can be opened by pushing the fresh film spool outward in the arrow
indicated A direction. Therefore, insert the right end of the spool on to the right-side shaft,
which is fixed, and then close the left-side holder (shaft) which will engage the spool.
* The spool holders on the left side will be locked securely,
when the back cover is closed.
|D. After loading the fresh film spool properly, draw out the
leading end of the film and turn it across the film pressure plate (as illustrated). Run it down and
turn it over to the take-up spool. Insert the leading end into the slit of the take-up spool
and wind slightly until securely engaged.
* The inside black surface of the leader must face out when
running across the pressure plate, in this case.
|E. Lift up the hinged flap and rotate the manual film winder
on the right side of the film holder in the arrow-indicated direction. When the starting
point, or arrow mark, on the leader is aligned with the triangular start-mark on the top
left side of the film holder, stop rotation.
||F. Close the back cover, by pressing it firmly against the
base of the film back, as illustrated. The back cover will automatically close and lock.
The same operation will close the back cover when the film back is detached from the main
||G. Upon loading the film, set the mode selector switch to Sm
or Cm and depress the drive button, which will place the first frame into position for taking
The exposure counter will also change from "S" to "1" and the
shutter will also be cocked.
|H. When the film back is detached from the camera main
body for film loading, the manual film winder is used for advancing the film. The film will
stop when it is in place for the first exposure, with the exposure counter also changing to
"1 ". However, it will be possible to rotate the manual film winder and, therefore, it should
be rotated 2 or 3 times more, in order to take up any slack in the loaded film.
||* When loading 220 roll film in the Film Back SO 220, do
not mistake the dotted line before the arrow mark for the start-mark.
* See the instructions supplied with Film Back SO 135 for
proper use of the 135 roll film.
9. ASA/ISO Film Speed Dial
||To set the film sensitivity of the film loaded in the film back,
revolve the ASA/ISO film speed dial with a slight lifting action, as illustrated, and set the film speed scale to the index. There
are click-stops at 1/3rd increments, in this case. (The dial can be revolved in either direction)
* The ASA/ISO film speed dial is automatically coupled to the
finder with built-in exposure meter, when attached.
10. ISO Film Type Indicator Frame
||Upon loading the film, tear off the end flap from the empty
film package and insert it in the film type indicator frame. This will help you keep track of the
film loaded in the film back, even when two or more film backs are used with different
films. At the same time, set the film speed with the ASA/ISO film speed dial, as it will come
in handy when using the finder with built-in exposure meter.
11. Auto-Winding and Shutter Cocking
|A. When the mode selector switch is set to Sm, the film will be advanced one frame and the
shutter will be cocked, after which motor operation will be suspended, each time the shutter release button is depressed
and the picture taken. To take the next picture, therefore, the finger should be lifted from the
shutter release button and then used to stroke the shutter release button once more.
||B. When the mode selector switch is set to Cm, there will be
continuous photography (with continuous auto-winding and shutter cocking action), as long
as the shutter release button is depressed.
* The mirror lock-up switch lever should be set to N, except
when shooting with the mirror locked up. (See page 29 on Mirror Lock-Up.)
12. Exposure Counter
|| The exposure counter shows the
number of frames exposed or, in other words, is an additive type. Starting from
"S", the counter on Film Back SQ 120 shows numbers from 1 to 12, while Film Back SQ 220 shows numbers from 1 to 24.
The letters "S", "12" and "24" are orange-colored while all other numbers are white.
13. Film Unloading
||A. After the 12th exposure of the 120 roll film (24th exposure
of the 220 roll film), the film only will be advanced until the remaining film and leader paper
is wound up on the take-up spool.
Open the back cover when the motor suspends operations.
B. Remove the film holder and, while preventing the loose film
from unwinding, take out the take-up spool. Seal the exposed film and return it to its original
box until development.
* Load and unload film away from direct sunlight and/or
14. Setting the Shutter Speed Dial
||A. The shutter speed scale is viewed in its window over the shutter speed dial. The numbers
on the scale are shutter speed settings, with numbers 1 to 8S full numbers and numbers 2 to
500 fractions of a second. For examples, "8S" is 8 sec., "2S" is 2 sec. and "500" is 1/500 sec.,
but no intermediate setting between click stops are possible.
* The shutter is released at 1/500 sec., regardless of the setting when the battery is not
loaded or is completely drained.
B. The numbers on the scale are color-coded in orange and white. Orange-colored numbers
are full number settings of 1 second and longer while white colored numbers are setting
from 1/2 to 1/500 second. There is no B (bulb) setting. See the page 21 for time (T)
15. Time (T) Exposure
||Time exposures are made with the time exposure lever on the
lens, regardless of the setting on the shutter speed scale. However, the lever is locked to
prevent accidental movement and, therefore, must be unlocked for use.
Except when using the lever for time exposures, always shift it
so that the letter "A" is visible on the lens barrel and tightly lock its set screw to prevent
||A. Unscrew the set screw on the time exposure lever until further
revolution is not possible, which will permit the lever to be moved freely.
B. Slide the time exposure lever and expose a red-colored "T"
on the lens barrel. Depressing the shutter release button, in this condition, will open the
shutter. The shutter is closed by shifting the time exposure lever and exposing the letter
"A" once more. However, since the film will not be advanced to the next frame, in this case depress the drive button to advance the film.
16. Setting the Aperture
||A. The aperture ring is rotated, in either direction, to set the required f/number opposite the
white index dot. The aperture ring click-stops at the numbered settings. Intermediate settings
are also possible.
* Intermediate settings cannot be used when the finders with
built-in exposure meter are used.
B. All interchangeable lenses for the Zenza Bronica SQ-Am have fully automatic lens diaphragms which means that the
focusing screen is always viewed at the full aperture, with the brightest possible image. However, depressing the depth of
field preview lever will stop the lens diaphragm down to the preselected lens opening and permit the photographer to check the depth of field effect on the
* The aperture ring must not be adjusted while the depth of
field preview lever is being depressed.
17. Interchanging Finders
|A. The finder can be interchanged, with other optional
finders, to match shooting conditions to photographic conditions. To attach the finder,
align the front end of the finder with the front end of the finder frame on top of the camera
main body, as shown. Then, gently lower the finder and, when well-seated, slide forward
until it locks.
||B. To detach, simply depress the finder release button, while,
at the same time, sliding the finder backwards where it can be taken up.
18. Waist-Level Finder and Interchanging Magnifiers
||A. The focusing hood of the waist-level finder is opened by
pushing up on the focusing hood catch at the rear end of the folded waist-level finder.
* There is no standard finder for the Bronica SQ-Am, with the
user having a choice of several finders. Instructions are based on the waist-level finder because
of its popularity.
B. The magnifier is flipped into viewing position, by simply sliding the release lever in the
arrow-indicated direction. To store the magnifier, simply push it down until it catches.
* The magnifier can be exchanged for one matching the eyesight of the user.
|C. To close the focusing hood, first, push down the magnifier
(if it is in viewing position). Next, press in both side frames, as illustrated, and, at the same
time, press the front frame back towards the rear. The focusing hood will automatically be folded down.
||D. The standard magnifier supplied with the waist-level finder
has a power of -1 .5 diopters, which can be exchanged for others with powers of
-4.5, -3.5, -2.5, -0.5, +0.5 and +1 .5 diopters. These optional accessories should be purchased
to suit the user's eyesight, if necessary.
Simply rotate the magnifier frame in the counter-clockwise
direction to unscrew.
Attach in the reverse manner
19. Focusing Adjustments
|A. The lens is focused on the subject, by rotating the focusing
ring in either direction, while checking the effect on the microprism / split-image rangefinder spot in the center of the
focusing screen (standard type).
||B. The central split-image spot splits the image into two, with
the upper and lower halves separated horizontally when the lens is out of focus. When in focus,
however, the two halves will coincide with the displacement disappearing. The microprism
ring surrounding the central spot can also be used for checking the sharpness of the focused
image, since the image will glitter when the lens is not focused. The surrounding full-area matte
surface can also be used for checking image sharpness.
20. Distance Scale and Depth of Field Scale
||A. Distance scales on the Zenzanon-S lenses can be used for focusing at the required distance
or finding the distance actually focused. Simply rotate the focusing ring and set the required distance opposite the orange-colored index, which will
adjust the lens for the required distance.
||B. There is an apparent zone of sharpness, both in front and
back of the focused subject, which is known as the depth of field. The depth of field scale shows the zone of apparent
sharpness at any lens opening or distance and can be utilized for quickly and simply ascertaining the depth of field.
The depth of field scale is next to the distance scales and is made up of identical pairs of
apertures on both sides of the orange-colored distance index. These identical
pairs of apertures indicate the distance that will be in focus at these lens openings. For example, if
the 80mm lens is focused at a distance of 3m, it can be seen
from the depth of field scale that the zone will extend from 2 to 7 meters (6
ft. to 23 ft.), when a lens opening of F22 is used.
* See the depth of field table for the Zenzanon-S 80mm lens, on page 40.
21. Infrared Photography
||In infrared photography, some adjustment must be made in the
focus in order to retain sharpness on the film, because the invisible infrared rays are longer
in wave length than the visible rays used for focusing. For
infrared photography1. Use a R filter or equivalent
with an infrared (black-and
2. The red-colored line, next to the orange-colored distance index, is the infrared index.
3. After focusing in the normal manner, re-set the distance
indicated by the orange colored distance index to the infrared index, by shifting
the distance ring.
4. Follow instructions enclosed with the infrared film and
filter and, to be on the safe side, make several bracketing shots. In general, more exposure rather than less seems
to be a safe guide.
22. Flash Photography
||A. Always use flash cords with a standard PC type plug. When
detaching the flash cord, grip the plug firmly and pull it out straight, instead
of using a twisting action.
B. The lens shutter of the Zenzanon-S lens has a X-setting for flash
synchronization, which means that electronic flash units will synchronize at all shutter
speed settings, up to the fastest 1/500 second.
This means, of course, that flash fill-in for daylight shots can also
be made very easily.
23. Multiple Exposures
|A. To make multiple exposures, turn the multiple exposure lever
in the arrow-indicated direction before exposing the first shot. When the shutter release button
is depressed, in this condition, the shutter will be released any number of times without advancing the film.
||B. Upon completing the multiple-exposure picture, be sure to return the multiple exposure
lever back to its vertical position and depress the drive button to advance the film one frame.
If the drive button is not depressed, the next frame will also be a multiple-exposed one.
24. Mirror Lock-Up
|A. The mirror lock-up switch lever has three settings
- N (normal) - For shooting with
out mirror lock-up.
S (single frame) - For shooting
single frame with mirror
C (continuous) - For shooting continuously
with mirror lock-up.
* Always use the AE Prism Finder S in the manual mode, when shooting with the mirror
|B. For shooting with the mirror locked up, rotate the mirror
lock-up lever in the arrow indicated direction and coincide S or C to the index. The lens
shutter will close completely and the reflex mirror and film safety plate will swing up.
||C. The shutter will be released when the shutter release button
or electro-magnet release is depressed.
||D. When S is set to the index, with the mirror lock-up switch
lever, the lever will automatically return to N, with the next film advancing and shutter cocking action. And, following shots
will, of course, be normal.
E. When C is set to the index, with the mirror lock-up switch
lever, however, the lever will not return to N with the next film advancing and shutter cocking
action but will stay locked up any number of times.
D. When shooting is suspended,
after mirror lock-up, and the mirror lock-up switch lever is rotated from S or C to N, shutter release and motor operation
will take place but the film will not be advanced with the result that the next exposure
will be double-exposed. Double exposure can be prevented, in the above case, by the
* After completing the 12th exposure or 24th exposure, the
film only will be advanced automatically and the motor will suspend its operation.
Should new film be loaded and the drive button depressed, with the mirror lock-up switch lever
at C, the film will be placed into position for exposing the first frame with the mirror locked
up. The mirror lock-up switch lever must always be returned to N, before loading film.
|a) Cover the lens and then use the mirror lock-up switch lever
to return to N.
Then, continue photography in the normal manner.
|b) Utilize film back interchangeability and detach the film back before rotating the mirror lockup switch lever to N. Attach the
film back after motor operations take place and is suspended.
25. Remote Control Operations
||Remote control shutter release operations will
be possible by inserting a 2.5mm mini-plug into the remote control terminal
on the Zenza Bronica SQ-Am. Equipment which can be used, in this case, are remote control
extension cord, wireless remote control equipment, interval meter, etc., which are available
in most photographic equipment stores. However, always check operation of the equipment before actual use. Resistance of the extension cord
should not exceed 30 ohm, too.
*The mini-plug of the' remote control equipment must be attached or removed with the
mode selector switch at OFF, as otherwise the shutter will be released if the mode selector
switch is at Sm or Cm.
26. Use of External Power
Inserting the plug of an external power source into the external
power terminal automatically switches power supply to the motor drive system from the
internal battery power (six AA size batteries) to the external power. The battery holder must
be left inside the battery chamber even when taking power from an external source. The NiCd batteries cannot be recharged
inside the battery chamber but must be recharged externally and then used.
|| Optional accessories, such as external power source plug,
NiCd battery recharger, AC adapter, etc, are not supplied but equipment meeting the following specifications and conditions will be
1. External power plug: Plugs used for transistor radios and tape recorders
2. External power conditions: Voltage - DC 9
Volt; Current - 5 Ampere.
3. Cable conditions: The cable from the external power to
the SQ-Am should be as short and thick as possible, or -
Less than 2 meter length with cable of 0.3
sq.mm area, or
Less than 5 meter length with cable of 0.75
* Do not mistake the polarity (+ and -) marks, when using the
plug.* An optional External Battery Pack S (six UM-2 or C-type batteries) is also available as an
external power source for continuous shooting sessions.
27. Interchanging Focusing Screens
||A. The focusing screen can be exchanged, depending on the
type of photographic work being undertaken.
First, remove the finder attached to the camera main body.
Then, move the screen removal levers on both sides in the arrow-indicated directions, as illustrated. Then, using a pincer or similar tool, lift up the screen with the protrusion at the rear
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B. To install the focusing screen, nest the protrusion at the rear end of the screen in a
corresponding groove on the camera main body. Then, slide both screen removal levers
forward to secure the focusing screen.
* Seven types of focusing screens are available.
28. Attachment of the Neck Strap
|A. First, insert the U-shaped ring into the neck
strap eyelet, as illustrated.
||B. Next, place the plastic ring cover over the U-shaped ring, as
||C. Next, thread the neck strap through the plastic ring cover
(and the U-shaped ring) and pull it out, as illustrated.
|| D. After adjusting the length
of the neck strap, pass the leading end of the strap through the buckle, as illustrated, which will
fix it securely.
29. Facts about the Battery
"There should be no slack in the strap between the buckle
and the plastic ring cover, or in "A" section, which means that both straps must be of the same
length at this point.
The batteries supply power for the various electronic control
mechanisms and motor drive mechanisms incorporated in the Zenza Bronica SQ-Am. When
used incorrectly, there is possibility of the wrong exposure being set to the camera and/or
the camera not operating. Be sure to use and store the battery correctly for obtaining
optimum performance from it at all times.
• Take the battery out of the battery chamber, and set mode
selector switch to "OFF" position when storing the camera.
• Leaving the battery in the camera for a long time, without
using it, can lead to leakage problems and result in poor contact.
Discard a battery with leakage or corrosion and thoroughly
clean out the battery chamber, before inserting a new battery.
• Clean the contacts of the battery chamber and battery with a soft cloth. Don't use
sandpaper or emery cloth.
• For motor drive system, use fresh batteries with same brand
name. When replacing the batteries, replace all six batteries at the same time.
• Don't throw the battery into a fire, or hit it strongly, as there is danger of explosion.
• Either a silver oxide battery (No. 544/PX28) or an
alkaline manganese battery (A544/ 4LR44) for shutter control as well as "AA" size
alkaline manganese or NiCd batteries for motor drive are used with the Zenza Bronica SQ-Am. Both
have very good cold weather resistance. However, there is a tendency for performance to drop when the temperature falls
below 0°C (32°F). Therefore, make it a rule to use a new battery and/or keep replacement batteries on hand for
shooting outdoors in freezing weather. Keep the battery (and camera) under cover, next to the body, and load just before
beginning the session and/or, preferably, use the optional Remote Camera Battery Pack E
and External Battery Pack S.
30. Pointers on Shooting
• The shutter cannot be cocked when film is not loaded in the film back. The use of the
multiple exposure lever will, however, permit you to cock the shutter, in such instances. This feature is, of course, very
convenient for familiarizing yourself with the camera and for testing the shutter in flash
photography. (See "23 Multiple Exposures".)
• Battery power is not consumed when time exposures are
• The voltage will drop when the camera is used for long shooting sessions in freezing weather.
Insert new batteries or keep a spare on hand, for such occasions. Furthermore, keep such batteries in an inside
• The focusing screen is detachable, for exchanging with
other types. Do not place trimming masks or tapes on the bottom surface of the screen, as
this will lead to inaccurate focusing.
• If the mode selector switch is set to OFF when the AE
Prism Finder S is attached to camera main body, battery power will not be consumed
even the power source switch of the AE Prism Finder S is set to ON.
• In case the voltage of 6 volt battery for the shutter operation drops and the battery
checker LED does not light up, the shutter will be mechanically controlled at 1/500 sec. and
there will be no automatic film winding by the motor. In such case, if the battery is removed,
then the shutter will be released at 1/500 sec. and the film will be advanced automatically by
• It should be remembered, when taking pictures, that the
final print will not be a square format, especially in the economy size, but will be cut down
on both sides or at the top and bottom.
31. Care of the ZENZA BRONICA SQ-Am
• Restrict cleaning of the reflex mirror to blowing or brushing with the blower brush or a soft camel hair brush. Don't
touch the surface with your fingers or a cloth.
• Use lens cleaning tissue and liquid to clean the surface of
the lens. Do not use silicon coated cloth for this purpose, as it will prove detrimental to the
• Clean the plastic focusing screen in the same manner.
Don't touch the surface as you may leave fingerprints.
• Protect your camera from temperature changes which can
result in moisture condensation, frost, etc., inside the body, leading to rusting of metallic parts
• Protect your camera from impact and
• Upon attaching the film back, always pull out the dark
slide from its slit.
• Always protect the lens with its cover, when carrying the
• Clean the camera and lens very carefully after using it outdoors in wet weather or at the
• Wipe the camera carefully with a well-wrung damp cloth,
using fresh water, if the exterior is effected by salty air. Then, wipe it dry with a soft, dry
cloth. If necessary, send it out for a quick inspection at an authorized repair station.
• If the equipment is not being used for a long period, store
everything in tin-lined containers, with plenty of desiccant, such as silica gel.
Finally, store the equipment in a cool, dry and well-ventilated (but not windy) place.
• Do not thread too strongly, when using a
longer-than standard tripod screw, as you may damage the body.
||• Both camera main body and lens must be in the "cocked"
condition to attach or remove the lens. I n other words, when "cocked" the cocking pin of the
lens will be set between the red band and green dot, while the cocking pin of the body mount will be set to the green
When not set in the above manner, the cocking pin of the detached lens (also Automatic Extension Tube) can be set by
moving it manually to the green colored dot, while the cocking pin of the SQ-Am main body is
set by depressing the drive button.
• Always clean all exposed contact points before attachment, as otherwise there will be
faulty contact which will lead to improper operations.
• See that exposed contact points are not short-circuited with a metal object.
*When using the flash synch socket on the camera body, always cover the hot shoe with
its protective cover.
On the other hand, when using the hot shoe, cover the flash
socket with its cover. Otherwise, an electric shock may be received from the uncovered contact.
• Never insert/remove the mini plug
of the remote control equipment with the mode selector switch set at Sm or Cm.
• Do not use the external terminal with external power exceeding 10 volts.
*When a finder with a built-in exposure meter is attached for
photography and a film of different sensitivity is loaded in the film back, always remember
to readjust the ASA/ISO film speed dial for the new film.
33. Specifications of Zensanon-S Lenses
No. of group-element
|8 - I I
|8 - 10
|Angle of View
|Filter size (mm)
|Overall length (mm)
|Equivalent focal length in
35mm format camera (mm)
||Tele-Converter S 2X
|No. of group-element
||5 - 5
||6 - 7
||5 - 6
|Minimum focusing distance (M)
|Filter size (mm)
|Overall length (mm)
|Equivalent focal length in
35mm format camera (mm)
|Zenzanon-S Variogon 75-150mm F4.5 Zoom Lens Lens construction: 13 groups in 15 elements
Angles of view: 53°30' - 30°6'
Apertures: 4.5 -32
Diaphragm: Fully automatic
Minimum focus: 1.8m (0.25m in macro mode)
Filter size: Series 9a (diameter 93mm) Size: 100mm x 152mm
Weight: 1,800 grams (3.96 Ibs)
Accessory: Filter retainer, lens hood, lens case,
front lens cat) & rear lens caps
|Zenzanon-S Variogon 140-280mm F5.6 Zoom Lens Lens construction: 14 groups in 17 elements
Angles of view: 30°42' -16'12' Apertures: 5.6 '- 32
Diaphragm: Fully automatic
Minimum focus: 2.5m (0.76m in macro mode)
Filter size: Series 9a (diameter 93mm) Size: 94mmo x 221 mm Weight: 2,000 grams (4.4
Accessory: Filter retainer, lens hood, lens case, front lens cap & rear lens cap.
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