Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2012/03/20

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Subject: [Leica] Handled a Biogon Ultra-Wide!
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:44:52 -0400

The viewfinder on a Hasselblad superwide is "lousy"
There are no ASPH's in it. It shows a ton of distortion you're not you learn
going to get in the final exposure. You just learn to see that.
Some for architectural purposes used a ground glass thing which attaches to
the back. But you don't need it a ton of classical Architectural and room
photography was done with a Superwide and its regular finder.
Just make sure the camera is level. On a tripod.
We used  to shoot a lot of Polaroids with the thing before we knew we got

Mark R.

> From: John McMaster <john at>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 09:54:10 +0000
> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Handled a Biogon Ultra-Wide!
> Not sure what lens you are talking about.... an SWA?
> I have owned three over the years, a '60s SWC (chrome lens but T*), this 
> was
> not as sharp as a 1980 black T* SWC/M. I had a 903 but did not use it too 
> much
> before I sold out of Hasselblad again, if I knew what it would be worth
> now.... ;-)
> john
> ________________________________________
> The local shop Keeble & Shucat does not have a SWC to rent (neither does
> anyone online), but that's a well-used Ultra Wide in the used dept so I
> played with it a little. Didn't actually shoot any film though.
> The handling is nice. Since this is the original model, the viewfinder is
> pretty lousy. Overall, it does feel it would be nice to carry and use.
> Not sure if anyone actually BUYS the new 905 SWC for $10K+, but this is
> certainly the lowest priced Biogon I have seen.
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