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    I'm getting me a Hasselblad SWC with 38 mm Biogon lens (and I'm happy about it)

    I'm getting me a beautiful wide angle camera, a Hasselblad SWC. It has a fixed Biogon 38 mm f 4.5 lens and it comes with one film holder.

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    Poor images, I know. But I will inspect and pick it up personally before I pay any cash. He claims it is in perfect condition and well treated, so I'll see. I know a very good Hasselblad repair man (Wilco Jansen in Holland) not too far away from here. I checked with him and the asking price seems fair (Euro 600). A decent CLA will cost Euro 300 extra and that is acceptable to me.
    I've been looking for one of these cameras for a long time. I do have a Bronica SQ-B with 40 mm lens, but I just like this concept and would like to own just one Hasselbald. Since I'm fond of wide angle, square format and 120 roll film, this SWC swims to fit the bill.

    The lens serial number is 3571235. I don't know the serial number of the camera body yet, but the lens serial numbers makes it a camera build in 1963. Single coated lens, but that's fine for my B&W photography. Just don't shoot with color film straight into the sun, I guess. If it is in good working condition, it must have had a CLA sometime ago, for a camera this old would otherwise certainly need one.

    I was born in 1967 so I like it to use a camera that is (almost) as old as I am. So I hope it is in decent shape, as promised. I got me some fresh Provia 100F and Kodak Portra 160 today to do some testing. I'll also try some B&W film from my fridge (Fomapan 100 or FP4+ maybe?).
    I might get me an other film back someday, but it seems these are a bit costly, aren't they?
    If it all works out, this will be the camera I'm taking to Denmark during my summer holiday to shoot some landscapes and street photography. Making some nice B&W negatives for my first attempts with lith printing.

    Here is a nice article about this type of camera:
    https://www.facebook.com/notes/photo...89066224478660
    "Have fun and catch that light beam!"
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    * My favorite cameras: Hasselblad SWC, Leica SL, Leica M7, Russian FKD 18x24, Bronica SQ-B and RF645, Rolleiflex T2, Nikon F4s, Agfa Clack and my pinhole cameras

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    One day ...
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    Enjoy (I'm sure you will).
    Don't know about prices in Europe, but film backs can be had fairly reasonably in the U.S. ($<100 for a good condition A12, less for a decent condition C12). They use the standard Hasselblad backs, so there are a lot floating around. 600 Euros is a very good price on these... I peek at them from time to time, but I doubt I'll be able to justify one anytime in the near future...

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    A world-class lens from what I heard. Enjoy!
    "The problem with photography is that it only deals with appearances." Duane Michals

    "A photograph is a secret of a secret. The more it tells you the less you know." Diane Arbus

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    hehe - I (or my school) was given one of these a while back... a coupl eof days ago I took it out in a forrest, but only managed to make one exposure....

    My goodness I think it is difficult to use...

    Maybe you should visit me anyway - we could make a shoot out...

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    Congrats! I always wanted one of these too. The lens is so revered. I ended up finding a great deal on a 40/4 Distagon FLE CF with the floating element for my 500CM and went that route instead but I still pine....
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    Congratulations! I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine -- which is an older chrome lens model like yours.

    One thing to keep in mind is the viewfinder is only an approximation of what will show up on film. Take a look at the diagram below. You'll see that the viewfinder image (in red) is higher than what the lens images, and provides a somewhat wider view. The reason the diagram has numbers is that the differences between between the two "cones of view" is constant. But because they are constant, the differences are most obvious when taking photographs close to the camera, and when you're shooting a distant subject the (for example) top five inch difference will be insignificant. But at four feet, it can mess up your framing. When shooting in close, you'll want to the subject to be seemingly low in viewfinder.

    One other tip: it's said that the sides of the square image captured are 1.5 times the focus distance. For example, if you position your subject four feet in front of the lens, the in-focus square image photographed will be 4 X 1.5 = 6 feet on a side.

    Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheToadMen View Post
    I'm getting me a beautiful wide angle camera, a Hasselblad SWC. It has a fixed Biogon 38 mm f 4.5 lens and it comes with one film holder.

    These are the images from the seller:
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ID:	85807 Click image for larger version. 

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    Poor images, I know. But I will inspect and pick it up personally before I pay any cash. He claims it is in perfect condition and well treated, so I'll see. I know a very good Hasselblad repair man (Wilco Jansen in Holland) not too far away from here. I checked with him and the asking price seems fair (Euro 600). A decent CLA will cost Euro 300 extra and that is acceptable to me.
    I've been looking for one of these cameras for a long time. I do have a Bronica SQ-B with 40 mm lens, but I just like this concept and would like to own just one Hasselbald. Since I'm fond of wide angle, square format and 120 roll film, this SWC swims to fit the bill.

    The lens serial number is 3571235. I don't know the serial number of the camera body yet, but the lens serial numbers makes it a camera build in 1963. Single coated lens, but that's fine for my B&W photography. Just don't shoot with color film straight into the sun, I guess. If it is in good working condition, it must have had a CLA sometime ago, for a camera this old would otherwise certainly need one.

    I was born in 1967 so I like it to use a camera that is (almost) as old as I am. So I hope it is in decent shape, as promised. I got me some fresh Provia 100F and Kodak Portra 160 today to do some testing. I'll also try some B&W film from my fridge (Fomapan 100 or FP4+ maybe?).
    I might get me an other film back someday, but it seems these are a bit costly, aren't they?
    If it all works out, this will be the camera I'm taking to Denmark during my summer holiday to shoot some landscapes and street photography. Making some nice B&W negatives for my first attempts with lith printing.

    Here is a nice article about this type of camera:
    https://www.facebook.com/notes/photo...89066224478660
    It's absolutely one of my most coveted cameras. Yours looks like mine, but I have a chrome body and black lens. I bought mine years ago from KEH for a very nice price. In fact it was my first purchase from them and I was a little worried since it was labeled "BGN" condition. Well, I was shocked to find the thing nearly spotless inside and out and soon put it to work along side my old 500C doing weddings. The lens is fantastic with respect to distortion(there isn't any) and is plenty sharp to boot. I did have to learn about shooting conditions and what the lens would do in some lighting. Sun in the scene is a surefire way to knock the hell out of your contrast and introduce flare like you've never seen before. That's with B&W or color. Of course once you know the lens and how it handles "solar flare" you can actually use it for some pretty spectacular shots. I'd love to have the multi-coated "T" version, but just can't afford it right now. I will never part with mine and have given the wife orders to buy a casket with a side pouch in case I croak before her. Guess what's going in the side pouch? You will be in love for a long, long time. JW

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    There's a Japanese street/fine art photographer who does jaw-droppingly cool photographs with this camera. Shinya Arimoto...worth looking up!
    "Never criticize someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes. That way, you're a mile away and you've got their shoes."

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    Wow, thank you all for the kind support. I didn't expect this camera to have such good references and this many fans

    @ jspillane: I'll check local sites for a spare A12 or a C12 back. If cheaper I can even use a 220 film back. I still have quite some 220 roll film in stock for my Bronica RF645. I don't think I'll use a A16 back (6x4.5 cm negs) since I like the square format.

    @gandolfi: I'll be staying in Bogense on Fyne/Funen. That's an other part of Denmark, isn't it? If I remember correctly you're at the north?

    @Trask: thanks for the warning! I heard of it before, but the image helps me to guesstimate focussing.

    @JW PHOTO: I thought about the multi-coated "T" version lens, but decided I don't mind. This one costs less. And I'll be shooting (mostly B&W and I like the old style "soft" and "radiant" images, so I'll see what it will bring me. And I wonder how Fuji NPH400 will do with this lens (avoiding direct sun). And if you have a nice example of a positive effect of flair, I would love to see it.

    @ Colin: I'll check Shinya Arimoto's work. Thanks for the tip.

    Tomorrow is the big day: my first blind date with the SWC!!
    "Have fun and catch that light beam!"
    Bert from Holland
    my blog: http://thetoadmen.blogspot.nl
    my Linkedin pinhole group: http://tinyurl.com/pinholegroup


    * I'm an analogue enthusiast, trying not to fall into the digital abyss.
    * My favorite cameras: Hasselblad SWC, Leica SL, Leica M7, Russian FKD 18x24, Bronica SQ-B and RF645, Rolleiflex T2, Nikon F4s, Agfa Clack and my pinhole cameras

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