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Old 12-02-2012   #1
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Hasselblad SWC is cool

I have enjoyed using my SWC for the first time this weekend. I love the small size of the camera, and I find it very natural for me to use it. I don't know how the first two rolls will come out, but I am feeling very good about this camera.

I used the 220 back for 24 exposures and the 120 back for 12 exposures today. I did not bother with a neck strap and I did not use the ground glass back either.

I know that RFF has several SWC users. How do you feel about using your SWC cameras?
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I, too, am envious. I settled for a Bronica with the 40mm. A tank that thing is!
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Yeah, I settled for a Distagon 40.
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Frank,
I nearly bought an SWC here in Pensacola over twenty years ago. I did not have the money then for such a purchase.

The camera just feels solid, and the feeling of using. Lens such as the 38mm Biogon is priceless. I will experiment with it. I took portraits from a distance of three feet, and i took photos of the white beach too.


People are not alerted by the SWC. They find it "very interesting".
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The SWC is a camera I have not (yet) owned.


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I also have a ( light) Graflex XLSW with a 47mm Schneider lens. It is awkward to change aperture and speed without wearing glasses. The lens shows lots of curvature.

The SWC is very easy to operate.
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The SWC is a camera I have not (yet) owned.


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You will absolutely love this camera. It may be a Leica killer!
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me too, it rocks!







glad I did, great lens!

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It is a wonderful camera in the hand. I use mine with the thin leather neck-strap, but the strap is there merely to let me hang it from my shoulder while changing film. It is so easy and quick to use: set hyperfocal distance, set exposure, and you're in snapshot mode. Keeping the vertical lines vertical in the frame (when desired) is a knack that has to be learned. And you're right that people find it an interesting camera - even one of the security guards at our Parliament House asked me "Is that a Hasselblad?" and wanted to have a play with it.
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glad I did, great lens!

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Buying the Distagon makes sense if you have several lenses for your Hasselblad. I want to use the SWC as a small and light street photogrphy camera on the go.
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Oh, I'm happy too:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/phot...p?photo=191870

But I'd still pick up an SWC given the right circumstances.
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It is a wonderful camera in the hand. I use mine with the thin leather neck-strap, but the strap is there merely to let me hang it from my shoulder while changing film. It is so easy and quick to use: set hyperfocal distance, set exposure, and you're in snapshot mode. Keeping the vertical lines vertical in the frame (when desired) is a knack that has to be learned. And you're right that people find it an interesting camera - even one of the security guards at our Parliament House asked me "Is that a Hasselblad?" and wanted to have a play with it.
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Having a neckstrap for film changing makes sense. Maybe I should look for one.
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I went from a Super Wide C, to a SWC/M, to a 903SWC. It's the most utilized film camera I have; never leave home without it:

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Yeah, I settled for a Distagon 40.
I also "settled" for the Distagon 40mm C T* Black, and I'm glad I did.

The issue with the Superwide C's, is that the viewfinder is not -completely- accurate when doing precise near-far relationship photos. Friends of mine, who own Superwides, have complained to me, about spoiled photos due to this parallax-effect. Moving a foot or two at close distances, makes a huge difference. Perhaps that is why they make the groundglass accessories?

The 40mm Distagon and SLR viewing in the 500C/M has none of this effect, although it is alot to lug around, no doubt.

Hopefully this does not prove to be an issue for you. Sure, I would LOVE to have a black T* SWC/M. It's about all I don't have in Hasselblad at this point.
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Is there a review on the Distagon, and compared with the Biogon?
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I been through both the 40mm CF and ended up with the SWC/M.

I agree with what's been said :
For composition the 40mm is more accurate; I also prefer the top down viewing afforded by the WLF. But due to the weight and bulk I never carried it when travelling or up any mountains. So I sold it and a few years later found an early SWC/M CF at a great price.

The SWC makes for the perfect MF backpacking and travel camera.

These days, I'm lazy and find the 21mm on a M9 crops square to the same view as the SWC and in doing so provides the perspective shift so often desired.

However I do often dream of returning to the darkroom and printing perfect frames from the SWC complete with double V rebate
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I need to have my rolls developed. Then I will post images.
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... However I do often dream of returning to the darkroom and printing perfect frames from the SWC complete with double V rebate
Like this?

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Raid, here are some with the SWC


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Like this?

Exactly - there is a special aesthetic, something like but beyond the contact sheet, to printing more than the whole frame.

If I ever get to repeat my Darwin/Kakadu/Kimberly/Broome tour, I'm taking the SWC - I promise ( the red dust would envelope the M9 sensor as well, so film wins ).
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Jan, I clicked your Honest Eds image, but it says the page is private.
Just wanted to let you know that I'd click it as my favorite.
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Isn't this the camera that Lee Friedlander has used in recent years - I seem to recall that all of the pictures in his recent "Road Trip" exhibit were done with this camera.
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The small size of the SWC was nice on a trip to Japan. I could fit it and a Plaubel in a small bag.

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I find the SWC has the advantage of setting it on a flat surface for long exposures where tripods are not allowed.

Istanbul's Cistern, if you've ever been there you have an idea of how dark it is.





It is also good for those times when you want to experiment with double exposures.





Or with a mini tripod resting on a rental bike seat.



All with my 903 SWC, by the way the finder is very accurate.
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I have enjoyed using my SWC for the first time this weekend. I love the small size of the camera, and I find it very natural for me to use it. I don't know how the first two rolls will come out, but I am feeling very good about this camera.

I used the 220 back for 24 exposures and the 120 back for 12 exposures today. I did not bother with a neck strap and I did not use the ground glass back either.

I know that RFF has several SWC users. How do you feel about using your SWC cameras?
One of my favorite film cameras. I miss mine. Perhaps next year I'll see into obtaining another.

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I find the SWC has the advantage of setting it on a flat surface for long exposures where tripods are not allowed.

Istanbul's Cistern, if you've ever been there you have an idea of how dark it is.


It is also good for those times when you want to experiment with double exposures.



Or with a mini tripod resting on a rental bike seat.

All with my 903 SWC, by the way the finder is very accurate.


I am planning to use it with a table tripod when I travel.
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It's my favorite. I was wondering if you would accept its demands. Its simple to work, once you play with it for awhile. I love it for people shots more than anything. Get close.

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I had an old huge 40mm on my 503cw and sold it when I got my SWC/M. It is the coolest little camera. I love just holding it...I know that is weird.
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I love mine and have been shooting complete weddings with it... Please let's keep how fantastic they are quiet, I still need to buy a few more and prices have been climbing

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Mega Dittos! Use it well. Enjoy!
You are taking it to Italy. That is not a question.

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KEH has an OP/TECH medium format strap with Hasselblad hardware for $19.

http://www.keh.com/camera/Hasselblad...991298600?r=FE

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KEH has an OP/TECH medium format strap with Hasselblad hardware for $19.

http://www.keh.com/camera/Hasselblad...991298600?r=FE

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With shipping, it would be $29. Is this a good price for this item?

( I bought it)
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Mega Dittos! Use it well. Enjoy!
You are taking it to Italy. That is not a question.

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Oh yes. This is why I bought the SWC this time. I can see myself walking around small villages in Tuscany, carrying this camera.
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It's my favorite. I was wondering if you would accept its demands. Its simple to work, once you play with it for awhile. I love it for people shots more than anything. Get close.

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I know this now. You have to get close. Else, you get a wonderful, sweeping image, but it is not very interesting each time.
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