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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 feel envious.

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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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You will absolutely love this camera. It may be a Leica killer!
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Yeah, I settled for a Distagon 40.
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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me too, it rocks!







glad I did, great lens!

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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.
Hi Chris,
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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Post some samples, Raid!
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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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