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the holga is a medium format toy camera made in china. new these things sell for about $19. the lens, in fact the entire camera is plastic except for the sutter, which is fixed somewhere around 1/100. there are two apperature settings- sunny, and not sunny.

the beauty, and in fact the joy of these cameras is the simplicity. the edges vignette and focus is terrible, but they have become somewhat of a cult over the years as we celebrate and embrace their weakness. holga prints adorn the walls of many galleries, have been the editor's choice of time magazine and the washington post publications.

in this digital age, the rediscovered joy of medium format and darkroom processing is priceless. (once you remember how to get the negatives on that freakin spool in the dark...)

Camera:Holga 120
Lens:plastic
Recording media:kodak 400CN
Title:holga!
Username:mwatkins9801 mwatkins9801
Uploaded:10 Jan 2006 - 5:16 AM
Tags:Black & white
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ewanrayment
10 Jan 2006 - 5:31 AM

Hi Michael

Dying to give some more darkroom printing a go - I had a very happy year spent in a dark room lol! Would loge to do some medium format stuff too!!

Love this pic - full of a story left to the viewers imagination!

Nice one Smile

Ewan

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mwatkins9801
10 Jan 2006 - 5:36 AM

thanks- they will get better i hope! this was the first roll of film i shot in the holga and is basically a test. i have neither shot film or developed in the darkroom in years- wasn't really thinking of picture comp here, just get some exposed negatives to set up the darkroom... lol. was pleased to get the classic holga look the first round.

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Doclassie
Doclassie  91135 forum posts England
10 Jan 2006 - 6:06 AM

Very nice!

I'm waiting for a couple of rolls to come back from developing that I ran though some old kodak brownie cameras. Bought them at a car boot sale :O)

Seeing your pic has made me want to try a holga now!

Top work and please post more. Be interesting to see how you get on with it.

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User_Removed
10 Jan 2006 - 6:17 AM

Hi Michael, have expect the keystone cops to come down the track chasing buster keaton or someone, bloody hell showing my age here. Good to see an old retro camera been put through its paces to such great effect.

take care mate.

Victor

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markmurton
markmurton  1069 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Jan 2006 - 6:19 AM

it kind of has an arty feel to it. i think we sometimes get too carried away with technique, expecting exact composition, exposure etc.

sometimes images look great even when they're blurry. also i think this type of camera may make you come at photography afresh from a different perspective. ill stop rambling now

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mwatkins9801
10 Jan 2006 - 6:40 AM

yes, and you are absolutely right mark, the beauty of this cheap camera is that nobody expects perfect technique (impossible with it) so you are left with just pure fun. never knowing what to expect, you are often surprised just to get anything at all! i think good artsy prints can be made from the holga so that is my goal-

thanks victor, andrew

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A Booth e2 Member 12A Booth vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2006 - 7:24 AM

effective image from a simple camera.

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Consulo
Consulo  10763 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2006 - 7:37 AM

Ooh, very nice!

I might have to get my hands on one of these. Smile

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croberts
croberts  102160 forum posts Ireland8 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2006 - 9:11 AM

Great stuff. I've been taking a Lomo Lubitel with me everywhere recently, with ilford HP5+

I love it.

Chris

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rosie42
rosie42  10 Australia
10 Jan 2006 - 3:26 PM

This looks like it's a scene straight out of a silent movie! Well done on an effective capture ...

Susie :o)

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shitzkit
shitzkit  10147 forum posts
11 Jan 2006 - 8:58 AM

good to see someone using film they way it was ment to be used i too never leave the house without my lubitel fantastic work this well done and cant wait for more

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PatrickSmith
9 Feb 2006 - 6:11 PM

Great description and thanks for the info.
Patrick

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midgemckay
18 May 2006 - 11:42 AM

Sunny and not so sunny Tongue I love this photo, saw it a while back and never got round to commenting. Think it sums up all that is good about the Holga Smile

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