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Norwich to London - Holga plastic lens

Had a trip the That London the other day. As I knew the light would be terrible and the train windows filthy I decided to forgo a "real lens" and take my toy instead.

Taken with the Olympus E-M10 Mkii and a plastic fantastic 10 Holga 25mm for Micro 4/3rds lens.
The combination results in images which are barely sharp in the middle with heavy vignetting, colour variation and chromatic aberration which in turn lends itself to very heavy processing.

These have been messed with in Lightroom.


I'm confident some people will hate these but going out with a terrible lens once in a while is rejuvenating.



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Pylon from Norwich to London train by AMc UK, on Flickr


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River Stour at Manningtree by AMc UK, on Flickr


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River Stour at Manningtree by AMc UK, on Flickr


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Re: Norwich to London - Holga plastic lens

The results from the 'toy'* Holga sit somewhere between full-on pinhole and that from a 'proper' lens. Fantastic work AMc!

It's a pity that too many digital photographers are too busy chasing perfection, pixel peeping the ar$€ out of the resulting PRO images on super-sized screens to consider the artistic merit of 'Toy' lenses.

*Toy is an insult, the Holga is a prize of a lens for creating images with feeling.
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Re: Norwich to London - Holga plastic lens

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The results from the 'toy'* Holga sit somewhere between full-on pinhole and that from a 'proper' lens. Fantastic work AMc!

It's a pity that too many digital photographers are too busy chasing perfection, pixel peeping the ar$ out of the resulting PRO images on super-sized screens to consider the artistic merit of 'Toy' lenses.

*Toy is an insult, the Holga is a prize of a lens for creating images with feeling.

I agree

Though I will do the other stuff too
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Re: Norwich to London - Holga plastic lens

Are you sure it wasn't a Nikkor?

Seriously, the last two shots in particular have an authentic feel of yesteryear about them, which is very attractive. It shows that experimentation and artistic interpretation are still valid in photography despite the huge leaps in technology in recent years. It also shows there is not such a thing as bad light, it's what we do with the light we have that counts!
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Re: Norwich to London - Holga plastic lens

These Holga 25mm f/8 lenses for MFT are like Hens' Teeth. There's a Chinese supplier on ebay, but all white, which is not all right.

Anyone have one for sale, preferably in black?
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Re: Norwich to London - Holga plastic lens

Thanks for the kind words.


A few more...





Liverpool Street Station by AMc UK, on Flickr


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Tube blurred by AMc UK, on Flickr


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Escalator by AMc UK, on Flickr


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Chancery Lane Tube by AMc UK, on Flickr


I see what you mean about eBay. When I picked mine up they were all over the shop for pennies.
I definitely wouldn't fork out 40 for a white one from Japan

There is a reasonably priced 60mm Holga variant that might be worth the 13 price?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HOLGA-HL-...zBi5:rk:2:pf:0
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Re: Norwich to London - Holga plastic lens

Great stuff, AMc. Keep 'em coming!

I've managed to bag one from Germany, more than I'd like to pay but I firmly believe it's better value than a hyper-sharp lens. It's a black version too!
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Re: Norwich to London - Holga plastic lens

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The results from the 'toy'* Holga sit somewhere between full-on pinhole and that from a 'proper' lens. Fantastic work AMc!

It's a pity that too many digital photographers are too busy chasing perfection, pixel peeping the ar$ out of the resulting PRO images on super-sized screens to consider the artistic merit of 'Toy' lenses.

*Toy is an insult, the Holga is a prize of a lens for creating images with feeling.
I'm not insulted by the term toy - I'm happy playing

I took my homemade pinhole bodycap too - my plan was to try out live composite or perhaps live bulb with it but the train was so bumpy it wasn't worth the trouble.


The "aperture" of the holga is a single large hole and then a series of 8 smaller holes around it. I assume to deliberately mess up the image
You can see an image of it in this review.
https://www.ephotozine.com/article/h...p-review-16884



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Are you sure it wasn't a Nikkor?

Seriously, the last two shots in particular have an authentic feel of yesteryear about them, which is very attractive. It shows that experimentation and artistic interpretation are still valid in photography despite the huge leaps in technology in recent years. It also shows there is not such a thing as bad light, it's what we do with the light we have that counts!

The lens is based on cheap and cheerful Chinese plastic lenses from family film cameras.
The colour rendition and blur remind me of the old film snapshots we have from back in the 70s and 80s. It's shamelessly retro which is fun now and again.



This is my Flickr album of Holga shots.
https://flic.kr/s/aHsjXCFUjv
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Re: Norwich to London - Holga plastic lens

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I'm not insulted by the term toy - I'm happy playing

I took my homemade pinhole bodycap too - my plan was to try out live composite or perhaps live bulb with it but the train was so bumpy it wasn't worth the trouble.

The "aperture" of the holga is a single large hole and then a series of 8 smaller holes around it. I assume to deliberately mess up the image
You can see an image of it in this review.
https://www.ephotozine.com/article/h...p-review-16884

The lens is based on cheap and cheerful Chinese plastic lenses from family film cameras.
The colour rendition and blur remind me of the old film snapshots we have from back in the 70s and 80s. It's shamelessly retro which is fun now and again.

This is my Flickr album of Holga shots.
https://flic.kr/s/aHsjXCFUjv
Thanks for the link to your other Holga shots, it's well worth a visit.
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Re: Norwich to London - Holga plastic lens

Cracking set. I particularly like the first lot you posted.
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Re: Norwich to London - Holga plastic lens

I must try one of these.
Like Intentional Camera Movement shots I'm sure the key is taking a lot and being selective in pruning. There's no doubt the atmosphere in several of those is really great.
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Re: Norwich to London - Holga plastic lens

Good luck Mark, unless you're happy with one in white!
I found one in Germany (via Amazon), and today I received confirmation it's on it's way.

I also like the look of the Lensbaby sol 22, might dip the toe as it were.
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Re: Norwich to London - Holga plastic lens

I have Lensbaby composer which is fun.I have a 12mm fisheye coming for it. I have a 60mm 4/3 Holga


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Re: Norwich to London - Holga plastic lens

Why not just use a cheapo clear filter on any M4/3 lens and a jar of Vaseline from the bathroom cabinet.....?????

Is it me ??
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Re: Norwich to London - Holga plastic lens

I've also considered modifying the Helios 44 or similar (by reversing the objective element) but the image circle requirements of FF -> uFT don't add up.

Older lens designs have a certain 'character'; rock on.
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