Say goodbye to Holga

Discussion in 'Extreme, Retro, Instant and More' started by henryp, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. I have been using Holgas and others for years. I think that it is a sign of the times but I have what I call my 4 lens kit with it. The truth is availability of 120 film in local areas had much to do with it as the fact that there are just so many people that won't process 120 these days. I am lucky that I can process my own films be they color or B&W at home. The casual shooter of film won't do what I do to keep film alive. I have many "Toy cameras" so the death is no surprise to me as it may be that we can't count on the children.
    Many though still out there and in production or maybe not.
    This is one of my favorites and I have modded them.
  2. There are sooo many old 120 and 35mm cameras out there, and for less than Holgas were selling for.
    I have a Kodak No. 1 that I bought last year, probably for less than a new Holga. I don't know how the lens or light leaks compare to Holga. For 120 film, manual focus, and no light meter, I would rather have the No. 1.
    I have never tried to teach a photography class. It is an interesting idea to have the same camera for every student. Did they offer them in quantity discount?
    Seems to me that a 35mm Diana is about as good a choice for a class, though. Easier to buy film and get it developed. Even better, students can do it themselves.
    There are a lot of older 35mm cameras out there, if you want a film camera. Some even with unreliable shutters. You could even put a Holga lens on some of them!
    Old toys are expensive, as they often weren't seen as valuable enough to save. But people keep old cameras, usually believing that they are more valuable than they actually are. The roll film cameras from the 1930's, the SLRs from the 1960's and 1970's, all out there for very low prices.
  3. Like many photogs my age, I did my requisite stint with a Holga to try and get that Toy Camera look into appropriate subject matter. The cheap plastic lens, really did the trick for a cool look but one had to tape the camera up like a mummy so it wouldn't leak light. And then it would still leak light. I know, I know, that was part of its serendipitous "artsy" charm. Poppycock! It ruined more of my pictures than I cared to remember. My old Ansco Panda was a better tool that this over priced junk. Lucky today you can buy a Holga lens, pinholes and filters to fit most major DSLR's.
    So, it's not really a goodbye to the Holga as much as a goodbye to the frustration of using film in a non-light tight body. I can always add random light leak artifacts in post if I really missed them. I don't. So goodbye Holga, and don't let the film door hit you on the way out.
  4. AJG


    The Holga was never my esthetic choice, but I'm sorry to see any currently available film cameras go away.
  5. It is a shame that Holga never went for a digital camera with a square sensor. That would have caught my eye. Quite frankly, with all of the older quality film cameras around, why spend for a cheap plastic camera. Was Holga championed for lens quality? No. Their special edition models could be decoratively attractive but too highly priced for what they could create photographically.
  6. Mathew. Is this close enough?
  7. Yes sad to see it go, but they were way overpriced.
    You can get a nice Canon FD mount camera, with a nice lens, for $10.
    I don't see why a Holga should cost so much more.
    If you want a fixed focus plastic lens, there are plenty of those on the used market, too.
  8. Larry, that Digital Diana looks to suck the big one with only 2 megapixels. I still shoot with my Canon 10D converted to IR and get good results with 6.3 Megapixels. I tried recently to get some night shots with my Canon 300D but found them fairly bad. Sensor technology has advanced a lot since 2004.
    What I would like to see is at lease a 24 megapixel square sensor in a camera. At least I could take advantage of all of the usable lens real estate with it. It has to have a Canon EF mount too. I know, I am picky !

  9. Sell for that sir you need a Hasselblad back. I thought we were talking toy cameras. ;)
  10. I never did buy a Holga. I am going to skip the new Holga also.
  11. Surely someone can make a PS action or a phone app that imitates a crappy plastic lens and light leaks?
  12. Already been done in Instagram, and many other stupidphone camera apps and social site filters, and available as part of the Nik Collection choices for manipulation.

    But think a moment--the Holga or the Diana are a 'feng shui' sort of thing. The whole lomography shtick... :cool:

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