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Hasselblad 903SWC

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and flash. The portability and usability also get good feedback, but the performance and value for money get critical views. The viewfinder and focus get mixed comments.

lens, usability, portability, flash, design

value for money, performance

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Hasselblad 903SWC is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 13 reviews)

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Hasselblad 903SWC


For the fun of it I read a few reviews on the Hasselblad 905 swc. I cannot believe the miss information out there. Frist,the last 38mm made is not different from the ones that were made in years gone by, they just removed the lead from the glass. This...

Focusing with this camera is done one three ways ; 1. You can measure the distance with a tape, ruler or ; 2. One may just hyperfocus, even wide open this lens has great depth of focus ; 3. There is a veiwing system that works like a view camera ; With...

It is slow operating camera.It will not do 5 frams per second. One must have a handheld meter or know the rule of F/16

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Hasselblad 903SWC


I've been eyeballing this camera from afar since i was kid.The price of this camera put it into a love to have when i win the lottery bracket.but lo and behold i got a used one for a few bucks{$450}The wait was worth it-this camera is unreal in its...


I'm becoming hunched backed with this camera dangling from my neck

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Hasselblad 903SWC


It took some time to get used to guesstimate focusing but it isn't that hard really. I use a Contax G2 (which digitally displays the distance) for closer range shooting and for metering with great results. The Biogon is a great great lens and the vast...

Quite small package

No rangefinder / focus confirmation at close range.No built in meter


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Hasselblad 903SWC


One can get drunk with a bottle of Chateau Laffite and also on anti freeze but the feeling is very different when doing so. i.e. Mamiya 7II and I bought both.....just like a Modena 360 and a Corvette I suppose.....happy shooting. technically...

Sharpness of course easy to use after a short accomdation period excellent built quality

None now with RMfx view finder and ability to use polaroid back and also don't forget a digital back.......think think

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Hasselblad 903SWC


OK, I admit it, the new body with the new finder while great is expensive, but you don't have to go that route. Buy any of the SWC/M models with T* (mine is the CF version, but only because I couldn't find a used Compur version) for under $3,000 and...

Simply superb. Compact medium format with the finest ultra wide-angle lens. No distortion, no vignetting, no fuss, no bother. After a while even using the bubble-level becomes natural

My Leica rangefinders (10 bodies M1-M6, 22 lenses including 3 21mm's) are just gathering dust - who would have thought

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Hasselblad 903SWC


If you can justify the expense buy one you won't regret it. If I had to keep just one bit of equipment the 903SWC would be it.

Incredible distortion free slides. However you can induce great special effect and dramatic type shots by tilting and creatively composing your subject, especially people. I use this camera primarily for creative portraits, interiors, and landscapes. ...

When you purchase one they don't throw in a nice dinner

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Hasselblad 903SWC


Perfect choice for wide-angle photography where quality counts.

Great design, distortion free! Sharpest wide angle lens in it's class. Only comparable to a large formatt. Great for all wide angle photography


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Hasselblad 903SWC


The ultimate camera for landscape, indoor, creative portraits - and party

Extremly high quality lens. Easy to use, no electronic fuzz, accurate, lightweight, fits well into the Hasselblad range of accesories


Product Specifications


Autofocus: No
Built In Flash: No
Data Back: No
DX Coding:Not Applicable
Exchangable Lens: No
Exposure Regulation:Not Applicable
Motor: No
Panorama:Not Applicable
Red Eye Reduction: No
Water Protection: No

General Features

Compact / SLR:SLR
Film Format:Rollfilm


Bifocal / Zoom:Not Applicable