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holga!

By mwatkins9801
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...)

Tags: Black and white

Voters: midgemckay, ewanrayment, Doclassie and 12 more


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ewanrayment 12 718 1 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2006 5:31AM
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 12 190
10 Jan 2006 5:36AM
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.
Doclassie 11 1.1k England
10 Jan 2006 6:06AM
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.
User_Removed 13 39 6 Scotland
10 Jan 2006 6:17AM
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
markmurton 13 69 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2006 6:19AM
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
mwatkins9801 12 190
10 Jan 2006 6:40AM
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
A Booth 14 11 4 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2006 7:24AM
effective image from a simple camera.
Consulo 12 840 10 Scotland
10 Jan 2006 7:37AM
Ooh, very nice!

I might have to get my hands on one of these. Smile
croberts 12 2.2k 8 Ireland
10 Jan 2006 9:11AM
Great stuff. I've been taking a Lomo Lubitel with me everywhere recently, with ilford HP5+

I love it.

Chris
rosie42 12 7 Australia
10 Jan 2006 3:26PM
This looks like it's a scene straight out of a silent movie! Well done on an effective capture ...

Susie :o)
shitzkit 12 147
11 Jan 2006 8:58AM
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
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
9 Feb 2006 6:11PM
Great description and thanks for the info.
Patrick
midgemckay 10 46
18 May 2006 11:42AM
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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