Hasselblad 905SWC Medium Format Viewfinder Camera Body (Chrome) with Super Wide Angle Biogon Cfi 38mm F/4.5 Lens, Viewfinder & Lens Shade


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About Hasselblad

The Hasselblad 905SWC provides the ultimate tool for distortion-free, super wide-angle photography. This unique camera boasts a permanently attached Biogon CFi 4.5/38 mm lens with 91° diagonal angle of view. An extremely compact camera whose quality and performance are legendary.

Industrial and architectural photography place special demands on the photographer's equipment. Often a very short focal length is required. As is picture quality that enables photos to be enlarged to exhibition formats. And with virtually no distortion - vertical and horizontal lines must be straight, even along the edges of a giant print. And you need a camera that can be handled even when you're balancing on scaffolding, hanging out of a helicopter, or squeezed into a tight corner trying to get just the right angle. The Hasselblad 905SWC probably meets these demands better than any other camera.

In the 905SWC, the permanently attached Zeiss Biogon 38 mm lens has been upgraded to CFi status and the optical design completely recalculated using only environmentally optimised optical glass types, containing no lead or arsenic.

The Biogon 38 lens produces a large picture format with "architectural view camera quality", virtually no distortion, and superb corner- to- corner sharpness throughout the focusing range - from 0.3 m (12") to infinity (exceeding the quality of even large format cameras at full aperture and at all distances). The depth-of-field is staggering, from 0.65 m (26") to infinity at f/22. All in all, it's no wonder that this lens is acclaimed by many as the best wide-angle lens in the world.

The 905SWC is also very compact and handy, and its operation is as simple as it is obvious.

This combination has made the Hasselblad 905SWC a favorite of leading industrial and architectural photographers. Its usage areas don't stop there, however. The 905SWC is also an excellent general-purpose camera for such things as photojournalism, landscape, aerial photography and reproduction work. The Hasselblad 905SWC is a typical Hasselblad with regard to design, quality, reliability and the interchangeable film magazines. It is, however, markedly different from other models in many ways.

The 905SWC is smaller, and even easier to use. It has an optical viewfinder with a built-in spirit level and a magnifier that allows you to read the scales on the lens at the same time that you concentrate on the picture.

Switching magazines from color film to black-and-white, or from transparency to color negative, is fast and easy. You can take a Polaroid in the middle of a roll to check exposure and composition.

For precise composition and focusing, a focusing screen adapter can be used together with any viewfinder. The RMfx finder is particularly suitable, providing a vertically correct image (reversed sidewise). Light metering can be made using any type of meter prism viewfinder.

Hasselblad Features

  • 91° diagonal angle-of-view
  • Distortion-free image reproduction
  • Superb corner-to-corner sharpness
  • Spirit level and lens scales visible in viewfinder
  • TTL viewing and exposure measuring with meter prism finder and focusing screen adapter
  • Shortest shutter speed 1/500 s
  • Shutter main spring made of NIVAROX to ensure long life and lasting precision
  • Flash sync speed up to 1/500 s
  • PC-socket with positive lock that secures flash contact
  • Reliable all-mechanical operation
  • Battery independent
  • Compact and lightweight design

Hasselblad Specifications

Camera Type
Medium Format Viewfinder Camera w/ built in Super Wide Angle Lens
6 x 6cm format
Built-in Zeiss Biogon Cfi 38mm f4.5 Super Wide Angle Lens, equivalent to a 24mm in the 35mm format; Accepts standard Bay 60 filters
Removable optical viewfinder with spirit-level
Focus Type
Manual by helicoid (rotating mount). Distance is set by scale.
Shutter /Release
Mechanical leaf type in lens with speeds from 1 second to 1/500 and Bulb
Accepts standard mechanical cable releases
Flash sync
Flash sync is possible at all shutter-speeds. PC socket for electronic flash connection on lens barrel.
Film Transport
Manual by ratcheting wind crank
Camera Back
Interchangeable type
Tripod Socket
Both 3/8" and 1/4" sockets and tripod plate for rapid mounting with the optional Hasselblad Quick Coupling Accessory (Tripod Quick-Coupling S, #45144)
Power Source
Completely mechanical camera - None required
5-3/4 x 4-1/2 x 5-7/8" (145 x 112 x 150mm) L.W.H. with optical viewfinder, lens and A12 120 film back
2 lbs. 15 oz. (1325g) with optical viewfinder, lens & A12 120 film back
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Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 1 customers


905SWC Oh my gosh!


from SoCal  -  Pro Photographer

Forget digital. Save that stuff for little Johnny's birthday. Get ahold of some Velvia or Ektar, head outside and see what real photography is about. No batteries, no firmware, no flash drives, no software, no compatibility issues, no post processing, no 23 shots of the same thing, no autofocus, no light meters, no joke. So shut up and see what fine art photography can be!

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