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    Thoughts on Hassel SWC.

    Hello.

    I´m thinking to buy a Hasselblad SWC but I´v read some bad things about its focus. I checked Ebay and got shocked by how expensive this camera is. I mean, c´mon... $20,000 for a camera?! My budget is $1,800 tops... Is it too far from reality for a good SWC?

    I also have a 500C/M with 50mm so I have the option to buy the Distagon 40 f/4. It is heavy and bulky but a bit faster and focus through the lens. And it is much cheaper than SWC!!

    Any thoughts from experienced users?

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    Wait a few weeks more and add 200$ to your budget.

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    You should be able to find a fine early model ( Chrome lens version) for about 1400 to 2100.

    You may want to send the thing off for a CLA as well for another $200-300.

    The field of view for a SWC is about the same horizontally as the 24mm on my Nikon F3HP.

    I don't see why focus would be an issue. Stopped down to f16 pretty much everything is in acceptable focus from
    3 feet to infinity.

    I have the early version with the chrome lens, manufactured in 1959 (!). It's a fantastic camera, if you like wide
    angle shots and are prepared to put up with a squinty little finder. I'll never sell it.

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    +1 on that...loved it ! [used to use the college one].
    "He took to writing poetry and visiting the elves: and though many shook their heads and touched their foreheads and said 'Poor old Baggins!' and though few believed any of his tales, he remained very happy till the end of his days, and those were extraordinarily long "- JRR Tolkien, ' The Hobbit '.

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    Hello Roberto,
    I got me a Hasselblad SWC camera from about 1965, with a chrome lens in good condition. See here:
    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum51/1...ppy-about.html
    It came with one film back and the original lens shade.
    I paid Euro 600 (about US$ 750) for it, so $20.000 is really absurd in my book. Just wait for a good deal and be patient.
    Never trust prices on Ebay. Only look at finished sales to see what it''s really going for. I wouldn't pay more than $1500 for a recent model in very good shape with all the extras.

    A 500C/M with 40mm (not 50mm) is a good alternative: easier focussing, but heavier and bulkier.
    The SWC is small, light and compact. So the maine decission is what you want with focussing options.
    Focussing is something to get used to, but I like it. There are some good focussing tips in my thread.
    I shot my first rolls and these are being developed next week.
    I''ll post some results in the trhead mentioned above.

    Greetings from Bert from Holland
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    "Have fun and catch that light beam!"
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    * 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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    Some interessting info on the Hasselblad SWC models: http://www.gilghitelman.com/news_0005.html
    "Have fun and catch that light beam!"
    Bert from Holland
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    * 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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    $20K is laughable. It must be one of the "rare" versions, perhaps used by Victor himself with his initials and SS number scratched into the front of the lens.

    Berts response would be pretty much the norm for pricing
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Koehrer View Post
    $20K is laughable. It must be one of the "rare" versions, perhaps used by Victor himself with his initials and SS number scratched into the front of the lens.

    Berts response would be pretty much the norm for pricing
    I paid about $2300 for a Hasselblad903 and it is worth much more than I paid for it. Like the song says, you are looking in all the wrong places ...
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Roberto, if you want the SWC functionality and more without the expense, get an ex-aerial camera 38/4.5 Biogon, have it put in a proper shutter, and then use it on a Century Graphic. The lens covers 84 mm. On 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" this is a strip 24 mm x 80 mm. Who needs an XPan?

    Aerial cameras with 38 Biogons turn up from time to time and so do ex-aerial camera 38 Bigons. Here's http://www.ebay.de/itm/Fairchild-Aer...-/351039012153 one. Ignore what's engraved on the lens, it is a 38 Biogon. Not mine, and I have no financial interest in it although I may have seen that camera chez my late friend Charlie Barringer.

    I have an ex-AGI F.135 38 Biogon that Steve Grimes put in a Copal #0 for me. I use it on a Century Graphic. Who needs an Alpa 12? Oh, yeah, my kit, including a roll holder, cost considerably less than an SWC with roll holder.

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    There is one over on rangefinderforum.com right now.
    "Far more critical than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know." - Eric Hoffer

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