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Nostalgia Nexus - early and pre-digital discussion Want to discuss the really early days of digital and even film - here is the place for you.

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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.

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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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Re: Anyone using a Holga?

Love my Holga 120N. Don't use it as much as I should.


The Watch Tower, Cardiff Bay
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Do you dare enter?
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I haven't used the 35mm version. Somehow to me Holga images need to be square, not entirely sure why.

If you want to see what the Holga is really capable of check out Kenna's book 'Holga'
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Ken.../dp/3791383779
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Re: Anyone using a Holga?

Thanks Roger for posting your images, and the link to Kenna's book. Definitely see a purchase coming up soon...on both counts, the cam and the book!

Love the photos!

Nearly always it's the film that matters, but with the Holga it adds that level of imperfection that more closely matches life, right!

What film did you use, can you remember? And did you use a filter on the first?
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Re: Anyone using a Holga?

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Thanks Roger for posting your images, and the link to Kenna's book. Definitely see a purchase coming up soon...on both counts, the cam and the book!

Love the photos!

Nearly always it's the film that matters, but with the Holga it adds that level of imperfection that more closely matches life, right!

What film did you use, can you remember? And did you use a filter on the first?
Thanks, and yes, absolutely on the imperfection!

The first one was Fuji Pro 400H - no filter, that's just the way it came out shooting into the sun.

The second was Lomography Color Negative 400 - which as you might expect is a perfect film for the Holga - although I love it in my Hasselblad as well.
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Re: Anyone using a Holga?

Thanks Roger.

"That's just the way it came out shooting into the sun"

That's why I love film!!

PS I have Kenna's book on order from the river in South America. That makes three books I've ordered in just two days! I need to stop.
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Re: Anyone using a Holga?

I plan to shoot with a Holga at some point too.

I actually bought a 120N a while back but my flatbed scanner died before I got the chance and I replaced it with a Plustek 35mm scanner. I will have to figure out how to ‘scan’ with a digital camera and give it a go.

For me one of the greatest attractions of using film is being forced to work within the constraints of the film and equipment that you have available. And a Holga brings a whole different set of constraints.
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Re: Anyone using a Holga?

Wex have the Epon V600 on offer 199 if that helps. Ok for MF but less so for 35mm. I also have the Plustek for my 35mm work.
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Re: Anyone using a Holga?

It’s just something I would like to try out at the moment, so I can’t justify a new scanner.
So I think the DIY method will be the way to go.
The hard part is holding the negatives flat and parallel to the camera lens. I should not have thrown away the holders from my V500.
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Re: Anyone using a Holga?

I have a Konstruktor


A DIY camera
https://microsites.lomography.com/konstruktor/




Konstruktor 1 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Here are some shots



Konstruktor-roll-1001 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Konstruktor-roll-1002 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Konstruktor-roll-1003 by Alf Branch, on Flickr
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Re: Anyone using a Holga?

Thaese are with my 60mm digital holga lens on my E-620


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Re: Anyone using a Holga?

Love the imperfections from the simple lens of these cameras.

Sometimes there's an added bonus that comes from the subtle light leaks with these 'toy' cameras; sometimes not so subtle from the Holga.
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