Photographing with a Hasselblad SWC

Photographing with a Hasselblad SWC

 

There is something about using an Hasselblad SWC that is for lack of a better word, magical. There is possibly no comparison for what you have, an excellent Carl Zeiss Biogon that has literally no noticeable distortion. The ergonomics and build are pure Hasselblad of the period, all-metal construction with rigid, albeit almost sharp edges on the focus dial and shutter control. The viewfinder is just an optical one with a small bubble level on the left side, visible when you press your eye up against the finder. I find this camera extremely relaxing and challenging at the same time. It possibly started my desire for an Alpa medium format tech camera.

Possibly the most intangible part of using the camera, though, is how it makes you re-envision the world around you. Having a 6x6 with this much angle is life-changing. After my first roll, I felt like I should drop everything else and just get one of these, it still lingers in my head.

The images above were taken from two different Super Wide C's. One was T* coated and the other, not. Each of these images tells so much to me and really strike just how versatile this camera can be even though it does not have a mirror, or rangefinder, or lens interchangeability. 

Photographs were taken on Kodak Tri-X 400 at 800 ISO and Kodak Portra 400NC