Just got a Holga!!!

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    Hey, I just got my Holga in the mail today and I've never loaded it...nor have I ever worked with 120 film.. Is there any kind of guide you guys could give me for loading it? Yeah, I'm aware I need to tape up the back etc..etc, but I just need to know how to load the film. I'm planning on picking up some film either tomorrow or Monday...
     
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    Have fun with the Holga. I've been thinking about breaking mine back out for some flower shots soon.
     
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    Uh-oh! Just watched the video and they left out one step that's completely essential: take two flaps from the end of the film box, fold them over once, and insert one under each spool in the back. This will ensure that you get a tight wind on the take-up spool. Without it, there's a nice loose wind and light will get on the edges of your exposed roll when you take it out of the camera. Tried it myself once without the flaps, figuring, "what the heck," and out came a loose wind. Also, unless you're shooting orthochromatic film, consider making a little raisable flap from black electrician's tape to go over the red-tinted film counter window. This is especially important if you're shooting color, in bright sun. The red window doesn't really filter light out like the kind on other cameras. Keep it covered except when you're advancing the film, and shade the camera with your body when doing so.
     
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    Thanks! The guy on the website said that you don't have to do the flaps thing for the 120N..thats why he didn't include it. He said it was more for the 120S, but I'll do it just in case...
     
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    sounds more like one of the cameras I built when you have to stick things in to make something else fit,.
     
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    That must be one of the improvements to the newer Holgas -- I'd heard that many of the issues of the older ones had been resolved in the later models, which is good, because really, it's all about that one-element plastic lens, with its focus and light drop-offs. Not every flaw in the older ones was charming!

    Viewfinder pointer -- the image you see in the viewfinder (at least on the 120S!) is bigger than the one the lens sees, so make sure your image fills the viewfinder completely, otherwise the subjects as they appear in the negative will look smaller than you had visualized. Also, don't forget parallax issues when you shoot close-up to a subject.

    Post 'em when you print 'em!
     
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    shoot with it for a couple weeks and then throw it away.
     
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    Does anyone else have a problem getting the 16 mask in? I can't get mine to go in. The little things make it almost impossible to fit in there. Do I need it?
     
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    Or you could take award-winning photos with it, like David Burnett did on the 2000 campaign trail.
     

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