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Old 12-08-2012   #81
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I am looking everywhere on my SWC for the serial number.
Take off the film magazine and look at the back end of the body.
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Take off the film magazine and look at the back end of the body.
... and there was light!

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I haven't been able to adapt to the wide angle!
Get as close as you can to people without touching noses! This will get you great looking images.
If it is not something that you like, then selling it here will get you a good price.
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My SWC has TT as first two "digits", being 1966.
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My SWC has TT as first two "digits", being 1966.
That's pre T* lens coatings. That is, indeed, the classic SWC that I first went agog over prior to entering High School. :-)

I'm real pleased that I managed to pick the right one from Ebay. The gentleman I purchased it from wrote me a personal email this morning and said hello ... We participated in the online SubClub forum together a dozen or so years ago, he immediately recognized my name. It's so nice to do business on this stuff with people you know you can trust!

It will be nice to have another one of these cameras again. They're special.
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If it is not something that you like, then selling it here will get you a good price.
Thanks, Raid. I'll try this approach.
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Thanks, Raid. I'll try this approach.
It works well. Set the minimum distance on the lens and just walk closer and closer to the person.
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Your image may have been taken at ground level. Cool.
I used a similar technique yesterday at the beach with my SWC.
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I'm hopelessly in love with mine. After a steep learning curve, I feel myself improving the more I use this beautiful imaging machine. My setup is typically the SWC with a dual-axis bubble level in the hot shoe in lieu of a viewfinder, a cable release, and some Acros 100. I like this setup for long architecture shots. It also feels great lashed to your hand with the thin Hasselblad leather strap.

Recently, I've been shooting it at parties with a diffused Sunpak auto flash. Just set the aperture at f/16, prefocus, and let the flash do the rest.

Some recent work after the porn shot:



An Elegant Weapon by TheRobbStory, on Flickr


National Portrait Gallery by TheRobbStory, on Flickr


Supreme Council, 33°, Southern Jursidiction by TheRobbStory, on Flickr


National Museum of the American Indian by TheRobbStory, on Flickr

White White Walls and Hospitals by TheRobbStory, on Flickr


Another Man's Best Friend by TheRobbStory, on Flickr

Bus Stop Wendy by TheRobbStory, on Flickr


Mr. Herndon with Ms. McLaughlin by TheRobbStory, on Flickr


Self-Portrait While Flying an Airplane by TheRobbStory, on Flickr


In Our Backyards After the War by TheRobbStory, on Flickr

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I think tnat using a small tripod is useful for dark interiors. Nice shots, by the way.
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Assuming one could find an SWC/M for sale, what would one of these likely fetch as a reasonable price currently? just wondering!
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Assuming one could find an SWC/M for sale, what would one of these likely fetch as a reasonable price currently? just wondering!
http://www.keh.com/Camera/format-Med...c=80190&r=WG&f

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$1750-$2300 is a good range for the basic SWC.
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Now this is a cool melding of old and new ...


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"Believe it or not , HASSELBLAD SW from 1957 + CFV-XX digital back, it works ."

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Whoa! That thing is other-worldly. Looks like a weird mashup of a Hasselblad 1000, digital back and some version of the Biogon with a self-time integrated.

I wonder if it suffers the same problems of the normal SWC with a digital back. Apparently, there's a bit of glass over the sensor which severely affects the image. I'm quoting that from memory of a Hasselblad book I glanced at a few years ago. Anyone else know?
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Woo-Hoo, the original Superwide. I would like to have one, to shoot -film-. I once handled one at Midwest Photo, and was really tempted. The real early ones can go for less, too.

I know of Jotloob, he hangs over at www.Hasselbladinfo.com

Most likely, that is a latest-series digital back. Pretty cool combo.
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Is this a $20,000 set? It looks quite impressive. This is a SWC with a digital back.
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Whoa! That thing is other-worldly. Looks like a weird mashup of a Hasselblad 1000, digital back and some version of the Biogon with a self-time integrated.

I wonder if it suffers the same problems of the normal SWC with a digital back. Apparently, there's a bit of glass over the sensor which severely affects the image. I'm quoting that from memory of a Hasselblad book I glanced at a few years ago. Anyone else know?
No idea. It's such a cool idea in theory, but then the sensor isn't 6x6 cm in size so some of the value of the Biogon in terms of FoV is lost anyway.

The Biogon's tight distance from primary nodal point to image plane does present issues for use with digital sensors, due to the fact that light striking the digital sensor is going to be at a much more acute angle off-center than on-center. Film is insensitive to this angle of incidence, but digital sensors can be very sensitive to it, depending upon the specific sensor and microlens design used.

Just how well a particular back works is something that I guess you'd have to experiment with to find out.

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Woo-Hoo, the original Superwide. I would like to have one, to shoot -film-. I once handled one at Midwest Photo, and was really tempted. The real early ones can go for less, too.

I know of Jotloob, he hangs over at www.Hasselbladinfo.com

Most likely, that is a latest-series digital back. Pretty cool combo.
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Is this a $20,000 set? It looks quite impressive. This is a SWC with a digital back.
Well, the CFV-50 model (currently available new) is about $17,000 so yeah—it's about a $20,000 camera/lens setup. The CFV-39 model is discontinued, but I haven't seen any available for sale used to gather a ballpark price.

I thought it quite pretty and a wonderful example of a classic camera's staying power into the digital age ... However, a couple of A12 backs and a film scanner makes a lot more sense at my pay grade, for the moment at least ...
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I love my SWC's as well. After carrying around my larger Hassey's, the SWC's are just sweet.

Now all you need is to find the Voigtlander low level viewfinders. They really make the view throught the VF bright and clear. They look like this: http://www.adorama.com/VTVFA.html
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I would have bought a regular Hassie if I wanted bulk. The beauty of the SWC is the lens, matched with a small body for 6x6 point and shoot fun.

I am tempted to limit myself to the SWC in my next trip.
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I would have bought a regular Hassie if I wanted bulk. The beauty of the SWC is the lens, matched with a small body for 6x6 point and shoot fun.

I am tempted to limit myself to the SWC in my next trip.
Been there, did that, does a great job. Not as compact as a good folder, though, but you get that lens and FoV ... ;-)

The SWC was designed to do other things as well. It's a great copy camera as well as a tool for architectural study and landscape work. That we use it for a '6x6 point and shoot fun' camera is great, but I have that and other ideas in mind for which its flexibility is a plus.

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Mine is UU - 1977. T*.

That is -exactly- what I eventually want. A Black T* 1977 or so body on a chrome SWC/M. Very special and will exactly match all my other Blad stuff. I know I own 75% of everything they ever made from that era, but have never had an SWC/M.

The erector set of photography as I call it.
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Been there, did that, does a great job. Not as compact as a good folder, though, but you get that lens and FoV ... ;-)

The SWC was designed to do other things as well. It's a great copy camera as well as a tool for architectural study and landscape work. That we use it for a '6x6 point and shoot fun' camera is great, but I have that and other ideas in mind for which its flexibility is a plus.

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I will use it for landscape photography or sure. This is what I really like to do.
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That is -exactly- what I eventually want. A Black T* 1977 or so body on a chrome SWC/M. Very special and will exactly match all my other Blad stuff. I know I own 75% of everything they ever made from that era, but have never had an SWC/M.

The erector set of photography as I call it.
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I got a SWC a few months ago. Love it! I was deciding between getting the 40mm CFE FLE to my 203FE, or the SWC. Almost the same price.

But the near distortion free biogon got me in the end. Just had to experience it. Plus the 203FE with a 40mm is almost 2kg, which is a bit on the heavy side when you carry it for a whole day. And the SWC is so light and easy to carry, perfect travel partner!









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The SWC/M with Prontor CF lens mount/shutter sure looks nice in black!

SWC photos always have this spacious feeling to them, love how this lens renders.
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Nice score! Probably my favorite camera/lens combo which gave me the highest percentage of keepers. i used to own one many years ago when I was doing architectural stuff. One of the best features was the bubble level built into the viewfinder, 'cause for professional work we generally had to keep verticals straight and at 90 degrees to the horizon. It was our default setup when the 4x5 with 65mm or 90mm Super Angulon was too cumbersome.

Small, light, portable, world class lens, quiet focal plane shutter, amazing image quality and just plain fun to tote and shoot.

BTW, I see you're in Pensacola Raid, I'm in New Orleans, so feel free to get in touch if you're over this way.

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Now all you need is to find the Voigtlander low level viewfinders. They really make the view throught the VF bright and clear. They look like this: http://www.adorama.com/VTVFA.html
I've been wondering if I couldn't hack one of these into use as the nearly identical $1000 SWC version. I really don't mind the original one though, even though it's like looking through the bottom of a Coca Cola bottle.

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omigosh ...
The SWC arrived today. The photos on Ebay did not do it justice at all. It is nearly perfect, just one little scratch on the viewfinder shell. Lens is perfect, shutter sounds perfect at all speeds too. This was a find. I'm jazzed.

Camera, back cap, lens cap, hand strap, lens hood and cap have all arrived. Just waiting for the A12 back to arrive (Monday).

Need to order a camera plate for my A-S tripod clamps and an orange filter.

I blame it all on you guys. ;-) Thanks!

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Congratulations! Enjoy one of the most beautiful cameras in existence.
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The SWC arrived today. The photos on Ebay did not do it justice at all. It is nearly perfect, just one little scratch on the viewfinder shell. Lens is perfect, shutter sounds perfect at all speeds too. This was a find. I'm jazzed.

Camera, back cap, lens cap, hand strap, lens hood and cap have all arrived. Just waiting for the A12 back to arrive (Monday).

Need to order a camera plate for my A-S tripod clamps and an orange filter.

I blame it all on you guys. ;-) Thanks!

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Congratulations - which one did you get? The one you showed above?
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When I had the focusing screen and RFMx, I noticed the lens scale is accurate for close-up work with a ruler or pocket laser rangefinder.





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mine arrived last week and I love it. absolutely fun camera to use.
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I declare the week of 16-22 December 2012 to the the international week of the SWC. Those of us blessed with stewardship of a Hasselblad SWC should show we are worthy by shooting with nothing but the SWC during this coming week.

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Congratulations - which one did you get? The one you showed above?
No, that belongs to someone on the GetDPI forum.

I found this one on Ebay and, after punching the buy button, I discovered the person selling it was someone I knew from another camera forum.

Once the back is here, I'll make some photos of it. :-)

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(Oh yes, a ground glass focusing back is on the way too. Need a viewfinder for it ... :-)
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Good move. I have the 41025 GG screen for mine, but I think there's another one that is a lot brighter. The chimney finder works very nicely with this, and has just enough diopter adjustment (-3.5) to let me use it without my glasses.

Edit: the 41050 screen is later, and brighter, and KEH has one for $337!!
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Good move. I have the 41025 GG screen for mine, but I think there's another one that is a lot brighter. The chimney finder works very nicely with this, and has just enough diopter adjustment (-3.5) to let me use it without my glasses.

Edit: the 41050 screen is later, and brighter, and KEH has one for $337!!
The same fellow who sold me the camera has the later model GG with the Acute Matte screen. He sent it along for me to evaluate and purchase ($250) if I want it ... it's waiting for me to pick it up at the post office today. I don't think it's going back if it's anywhere near as nice as the camera is. ;-)

I want to use the camera on a copy stand as well as in the field for some more precise work: I think a 45 degree prism finder is the right choice for me, gives a more convenient eye point to work with in either orientation than the chimney finder.
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