the mighty holga

Discussion in 'Film Discussion and Q & A' started by electricalperson, Oct 3, 2009.

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    electricalperson TPF Noob!

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    how many people here use holga cameras? i really like them a lot and they seem to take a decent picture. just recently i started using them and developing black and white film by myself in the kitchen sink. i really love it :)

    is there any other medium format cameras that dont cost a lot of money?
     
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    I use Holgas and I love them! Do you mean "toy" medium format cameras? I do not think that there are. Holga are the one and only :)

    There are some other fun toy cameras that might shoot 120 film but I think that they use 35mm.

    The Diana shoots 120.
    http://microsites.lomography.com/diana/products
     
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    Actually I am looking at the Lomography website and they have all sorts of really cool cameras that shoot 120 film.

    Lomography website
     
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    I have two, the original 120 model and the new 120WPC panoramic pinhole. They have their uses and are fun to use but I don't use them for everything...

    - Randy
     
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    I love what they do in term of keeping people buying medium format film.
     
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    As far as mf toy cameras are concerned, holgas are by far the cheapest. The only other one I would recommend would be the 120wpc, it can create some spectacular images and it is an experience using it.
     
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    Not quite. You cold buy a shelf full of MF cameras for the $ of a Holga, a Diana could get you a shelf and a half. Check out some of the 620 stuff, plenty available in the $5 range and respooling is far less trouble than chasing light leaks in your holga. Google "hawkeye flash", Argus 75, plenty of others.
     
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    For something a little different in a "toy camera" I recommend the Foldex 20:
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    It's a sort of "folding Holga" with a lens that is very similar to the Holga's.
    It also takes both 120 and 620 film which means it can also be used to
    re-spool 120 --> 620 if you so desire. They often sell on eBay for
    about $10-$20.

    Some people also convert them to pinhole cameras.
     
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    How much is the Holga's
     
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    They cost a lot more now than they used to. You can get a better price by shopping around a bit, but generally speaking they run anywhere from 50 to 100 bucks US, depending on the model. I got my first one, the original version, for $25, just to give you a comparison on cost...

    - Randy
     

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