Basically, a mechanical wide-angle camera with a permanently attached superp 38 mm Biogon lens and detachable optical view-finder and optional interchangeable film magazines.
Based on view camera lens design, the permanently attached Biogon 38mm lens with 90° diagonal angle of view is a true wide angle type. The lens produces 'architectural view camera quality', with virtually no distortion and superb corner to corner sharpness (even at full aperture and at all distances).
The biogon lens design (which all SLR would have difficulty adpoting due to the reflex mirror movement) and thus, so far, only the Contax G2 can enjoy and thus finally, we can see Biogon lens design be rolled out from modern lens manufacturing plant again..
Focusing range from infinity down to 0.3m makes 903swc also an excellent tool for copying. Depth of field from 66cm to infinity at f/22. Flash sync up to 1/500 sec.
The compact size and the light weight of the camera, wide area coverage and great depth of field make the 903swc an equally favourite tool for candid photography and journalistic work though might not as handy as a SLR. Sprit level and distance setting on lens is visible in viewfider. All the Hasselblad film magazines including the Polaroid unit can be attached to the 903swc. Critical camera alignment and focusing through the lens is possible with focusing screen accessory. By the way, despite the model has its physical restriction of ONLY having a non interchangeable lens, it is still very hot in demand due to its much published famed lens reports. Well, if you don't believe, look in the used equipment market - it is not cheap, pal.
The version hiostory can be found at: the Pictorial History section.
Film Format: 6 x 6 cm and 6 x 4.5 cm with different magazines. Film Choices: 120 and 220 roll films. 70mm perforated long rolls, sheet film and Polaroid film. Lens: Carl Ziess Biogon CF 38mm f/4.5 T* true wide-angle lens with 90° diagonal (72° horizontal) angle of view and 60 mm front bayonet mount. View-finder: Detachable optical view-finder with built-in sprit level and built-in magnifier for reading lens scales through the view-finder. A focusing screen adapter, which is attached to the camera in the same way as the film magazine, is available for checking picture composition and depth of field. The adapter is used together with a focusing or magnifying hood, or a prism viewfinder, with or without a meter. Focusing: Focusing range of lens: 0.3m to infinity. Depth of field range: 3m to infinity at f/4.5 and 0.65m to infinity at f/22. Shutter: Leaf shutter in lens, 1-1/500 s and flash synchronisation at all shutter speeds. Film advance: Simultaneous manual shutter cocking and film advance. Foldable winding crank. Camera body: One-piece cast aluminium alloy shell with 1/4" socket and plate for tripod quick coupling attachment. System compatibility: The 903SWC accepts all film magazines made for other Hasselblad models. The Biogon lens mount will accept Æ 60 filters and softars Dimensions: Camera body with lens and film magazine A12: 145 x 112 x 150 mm. Weight: Camera body with lens and film magazine A12: 1325 g. Camera finish: Available with chrome or black finished bodies. Supplied with optical view-finder,carrying strap and front and rear protective covers. The Hasselblad system for wide-angle photography also includes a 30 mm "fish-eye" lens and a 40mm wide-angle lens, as well as a Mutar Shift Converter for perspective control.
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