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A digital holga?

May 7th, 2012

You may have gathered from some of the pics of our home that I have a small but growing toy camera collection.

One of my favourites is my Holga which has been widely popularized by the Lomography kids.

The Holga is a cheap plastic camera that shoots ‘professional’ 120 film, the irony is that a roll of film, developing and printing costs more than the camera itself.

The lens is plastic, 60mm with a fixed aperture of f8 and on the newer models a whole two shutter speeds. It doesn’t get any simpler than this, ok, pin holes excluded!

As much as I love shooting film these days it is a bit of luxury and so when I found out that Holga had developed a HL-C EF mount lens for my Canon DSLR I HAD to buy one, at under R150+ I couldn’t resist. They also make them for other cameras brands.

It’s great on a full frame body as you get the characteristic heavy vignetting, though the light leaks are amiss, much of the vignetting is lost on crop sensor bodies, but the ‘dreamy’ feel remains.

Being manual the focus is all mechanical and rudimentary at best. I set the shutter speed at 1/100th of a second to emulate the hardware and cranked the ISO to compensate for the small aperture and fired off a few shots walking around Kirstenbosch with Nathan.

I love the dreamy feel of the plastic lens and it works particularly well in hard light, it’s ying to hard lights yang.

The pics above are as they came off the camera, no sharpening though I bumped up the exposure a bit as they were all a little underexposed and I’ll probably slow the shutter speed a bit next time, though still not particular blurry for a cheap plastic lens.

Overall a great little guy to have in the camera bag and while it doesn’t quite give you the perspective of shooting square format, it’s a fun novelty.

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