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Anyone using a Holga?

I was about to purchase the 120 version but it appears a more convenient 35mm version exists (convenience in terms of scanning). Both have the all important plastic lens, and thinking about it, the smaller 35mm output should produce a real crappy toy-like image.

Any experience with either of these two. Which to buy???

Here's they are, or were. https://microsites.lomography.com/holga/family/
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Re: Anyone using a Holga?

It doesn't seem so.

What would the 'advantages' compared with using (say) a Mamiya or Bronica?
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Re: Anyone using a Holga?

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It doesn't seem so.

What would the 'advantages' compared with using (say) a Mamiya or Bronica?
I'm not surprised.

Advantage is a word that may not fit well here. The main difference with the 'Toy' camera is the simple meniscus plastic lens, producing less than perfect results. I think you need to see the results for yourself; it's a visual language and consequently hard (for me) to describe in words. Flickr and Instagram are good starting points.
I read on the net that several US universities use the Holga (or equivalent) to set the student free of technology and to make them concentrate on the art.
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Re: Anyone using a Holga?

Sorry to raise digital in the Nostalgia forum, I have the Holga Micro 4/3rds lens which is fun for a change. 10 off ebay.

The first few in this album are straight out of the camera - might have been resized for the web but I don't think so.

Then I played with the Art Filters and finally GIMP and Lightroom post processing.

There is something nostalgic and appealing about the images.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsjXCFUjv
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Re: Anyone using a Holga?

Thanks for posting the link to your Flickr page(s). They work well and are a credit to you and the el cheapo lens. At less than 10, it's an absolute bargain going begging.

Anything that can dull the clinical sharpness of digital gets my vote. The plus with film is the uncertainty, the unexpected. First of the roll being my absolute favourite with light leaks coming a close second. But I'm also a fan of crap anti halation, light bending, smearing etc. I believe, but not tried, "Lucky", a Chinese film, is devoid of an anti halation layer.
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