My local camera shop lets me play with their gear and by “play” I mean sometimes they let me test shoot with it and sometimes they let me shoot it. In this case I was there to get some new bigger SD cards as I was beginning to fill up my old ones with all of the bird photography I was doing. I had my macro lens on my camera at the time so….
I’m back to being the Macro Queen for the rest of the year (that’s my intention anyway but we all know how things can change) and to start here’s a camera they let me photograph at the store. I focused on the thing at the top (view finder?) as it was reflecting the store lights around it. It looks like a tunnel into different dimensions to me or is that just my sci-fi loving heart speaking?
By the way, does anyone know what kind of camera this is beside being a Hasselblad?
It looks like a Hasselblad Super-Wide C SWC. They typically came with a Zeiss Biogon 38mm Lens, which on a 6X6 format is about 23mm on full frame sensor today. The model had a narrow body with no mirror (the shutter is in the lens) and a viewfinder that fit in the hot shoe for composition. I believe you can put a ground glass on the back with a chimney viewfinder or reflex viewfinder to compose and focus it like a mini view camera, remove the finder and ground glass, attach the film back and expose your photo. However, setting a super-wide angle lens at infinity and stoping it down will get most everything in focus.
Wow! You really know your Hasselblads! Thanks, Tim. Will be posting more of this lil cube soon and it’s friends soon.
I’ve never owned a Hasselblad, but I worked for a studio that used them. So I have used them a lot. When I bought my own medium format, I got a Bronica system because it was a fraction of the cost, way more reliable, and the image quality was not that much off the Hasselblad. Especially considering we had to use soft focus filters so all the blemishes in people’s faces would stand out. Those Hasselblads were in the shop for repair every other week it seemed. They are very precise, have super image quality, but they can be temperamental. I never had an issue with the Bronicas. I still have a Bronica 6X7 with several lenses that still works great.
Interesting perspective! Well done. 🙂
Thank you 🙂