Holga Film

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  1. holga_my_heart

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    I was given a Holga for my birthday last November. I was excited to use up my first roll of film and took it to a small business to be developed. When I got them back, however, they were in the normal 4x6 format and it looked like they had been edited. My question is: Is there a certain developing format I should be asking for when I take them to be developed? Or, is it smarter to send off my film to be developed rather than taking it into a photo developers?

    Any ideas or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
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    have them print them 5x5 or 6x6 if they can, if not, find someone else.

    Also, if you can, shoot slide film through it if you get the chance..
     
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    +1:thumbup:

    this is a square negative and needs to be printed square, which can be done, easily, Well easily by people who know what they are doing.
     
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    So if you open the back of your Holga there's a black piece of plastic.

    That's called the "mask" I think, basically it makes sure that the image you take is a nice sharp edge.

    The original Holga was 6cm x 6cm BUT you can also get a 6x4.5 cm mask (more shots per roll)

    So is it square or a rectangle?

    If it's square, it's 6x6

    If its rectangle it's 6x4.5
     
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    These are, of course, the approximate size of the negatives in centimeters and are rounded up a bit. Also, the Holga, with the mask, does not shoot the modern 6x4.5 format, which is a 15 shot per roll format. The Holga shoots the old 16 exposure format which is closer to 6x4 than 6x4.5.

    It would be appropriate to print a Holga's 16 exp/roll format on 4x6" paper. The aspect ratio is not a perfect match, but close. The modern 15 shot 6x4.5" format is more appropriately printed on 4x5" paper. The square 12 exp/roll format should be printed on square paper. The old common proof size was 5x5" from professional labs and 3.5x3.5" by amateur labs.
     

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