Holga Questions

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  1. RMThompson

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    Hey guys, I was thinking about picking up a cheap Holga 6x6 to take some pics in, but I have questions.

    Without a darkroom, how can I get these developed? Can a place like Ritz or Wal Mart do them? Can they print 6X6?

    What film should I use? Any reccomendations?

    Do the standard ones have exposure selection?
     
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    **BUMP**

    Anyone familiar with the Holgas???
     
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    Well i had a helga
    Its one of the wicked sisters of the wicked bunch. Lots of people love the holga helga and diana. They usually have funky lenses and light leaks because they are plastic with poor fitting backs. However that said they have a cult following.

    you are not going to get high quality images but some artsy looking unpredictable stuff. If you take the film to a store they will send it out for you. Expect to wait a week or so and pay a premium price. Better to take it to a one hour lab have the negs processed and then buy a cheap flat bed scanner to digitalize them.

    If It were just to get a cheap 120 camera to play with and I wanted a fair quality print there are tons of used tlr cameras on ebay for very little money at the moment.

    But you might be the holga cult type who knows.
     
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    if you can find somewhere that can develop bw etc they should be able to . . .you could just buy a 35mm developing canester and develop them yourself. thats what i do.

    ritz and walmart cannot do them.

    i use fp4 in mine quite often
     
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    I think the holga shoots 120 and the question was about 6x6 so not sure a 35mm canister would do it.

    freestyle sells a 120 tank and apron that works fine I use those. but I don't do color yet.
     
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    I would try a Holga, but it seems that you have to find a good one. As far as developing, perhaps a local college student would do it for you. Or even take a class so you could do it yourself.
     
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    I called around today. There is a place localy who will do the negative and print 4x4 proofs for 9.50 a roll. Plus 4 bucks for the cost of the roll, and I just dont know If I want to go back to film... although some of the effects these things do is amazing!
     
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    my 35mm canister works with 120, just buy the plastic ones that extend
     
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    shame on you for not doing it simply because your to lazy to process!!!!!
     
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    You're right. I probably will do it, when I can find a cheap Holga out there. I thought about going the "ebay" route, but I think i woudl rather find it at a flea market or something. If I get desperate Ill order a modded one online!

    :)
     
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    Being picky here, but that's not specifically a 35mm canister then. They are short and won't handle 120. Most of the tanks I've seen are just "tanks" of various heights. They will hold a number of 35mm, 120, etc reels depending on their height. Some reels will pop open to accept either, but it wouldn't just be a 35mm reel then, either.

    Just getting specific so that they don't end up buying something like this or this. What you are talking about is like this.
     
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    Why not take a book out of the library and read up on your online forums?? It's free! Read Black and White Photography by Henry Horenstein. And the articles by Torus34
     

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