Can't see dots on Holga

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  1. Vautrin

    Vautrin No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hi,

    So I just got a new holga and it says in the instruction manual I'm supposed to look through a window in the back to see dots and a counter

    I look through and I can't see any dots... what is wrong?

    If I open the camera back & expose the film I see the dots but not through the viewfinder...

    Thanks,

    Dan


     
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    Hmm, maybe your model does not have that ... what model do you have ?
     
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    I have the Holga CFN. There's a little red window I'm supposed to be able to look through to see a number. If I hold the window up to the light I see through it, and there are numbers on the black tabe around the 120 film, but I can't see the numbers through the red window when I put the back on...
     
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    Ok so this is stupid. After wasting a roll of film I know what is wrong.

    Basically the Holga "kit" comes with a roll of 120 film which is barely legible white print on black paper

    I wasted a roll of film trying to read the bloody dots and numbers on the film.

    After exposing the complete roll I put the number up to the viewfinder and could only see the number and dots if shining my halogen desk lamp directly on the counter -- which no doubt would expose the film.

    So I pulled out some AGFA film I bought.

    This has a white paper backside which is very legible.

    And now I'm happily off to go shoot my first roll of medium format film. :-D
     
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    if that happens again, remember that 34 "clicks" (you can hear a click when you turn the film winder) is the same as one 6x6 frame
     
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    the kodak tri-x 400 film has a clear marker on the back its easy to see the numbers. i believe ilford film is pretty dull so its hard to see
     

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