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The Svea[1] is a high quality 9x12 cm falling-plate magazine camera, made by the Hugo Svensson company in Gothenburg, Sweden, and sold by Hasselblad in about 1897, long before Hasselblad had begun making its own cameras, but under the name Hasselblads Svea Kamera (impressed elegantly in the swinging lens-cover).[2] Victor Hasselblad himself had a Svea when he was a youth.[3]

The camera is wooden bodied, with black or brown leather covering.[4] It has a brass-bound Carl Zeiss Jena 148 mm f/7.2 Anastigmat (said by the auctioneer's notes at Westlicht to be equivalent to a Protar).[2] It has focusing (perhaps using the knurled knob below the lens). It has brilliant finders, tripod bushes and spirit levels for horizontal and vertical orientation. It takes twelve plates,[2] and has a plate-counter window in the rear door.


  1. Svea is a Swedish girl's name, related to the name of Sweden and its founding people; 'Svea' at Wikipedia.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Svea sold at the 21st Westlicht Photographica Auction, on 23 May 2012.
  3. Victor Hasselblad's Svea (archived) in the Hasselblad Foundation's collection.
  4. Brown-coloured Svea in a post in the forum at Sylvain Halgand's Collection Appareils.