Holga Cameras

February 17th, 2010
Does anyone own one of these? I've read that they take some pretty unusual pictures and given their reasonable price have thought about getting one just for fun. Amazon is selling them for around $28 each or $36 for the colored ones (ooo, a purple camera!).
February 18th, 2010
February 18th, 2010
I highly recommend it. For about 29 bucks, they are a lot of fun. They leak light, which is their signature. My very first camera (age 7) was a Diana that my Grandmother gave to me (she likely got it for opening a savings account at the friendly neighborhood hometown Bank) and they are similar, if not the same as a Holga.

At the very least, it is a cult thing, and you will have fun with the simplicity of it all!
February 18th, 2010
have a diana too im still gettin gto grips with it but from the lomo site you can achieve some really nice stuff with it and as chris says they leak light which can create some really nice effects. http://www.lomography.com/photos
February 18th, 2010
This looks fun :-)
February 18th, 2010
I have a Holga. I got it in college. I love it! I used electrical tape to tape all the edges. It helps with the light leaks. The plastic lens gives the photos a nice vignetting. Plus I love shooting square on 120 film. Such nice negatives!
February 18th, 2010
My photo yesterday was of my holga. =) They are tons of fun to play with, you never know what you're going to get!
They sell backs for 35mm if you want to do that, it makes shooting a little cheaper, more accessible for developing and allows you to get to know your camera better. Either way, totally worth it!
February 18th, 2010
I used to have a diana when I was a kid. My niece got a Holga recently. I'll have to check out the picture that she took of our trip with it. almost makes me want to get one after all this talk about them.
February 18th, 2010
As it so happens, while trolling craigslist tonight, I came across an upcoming course on plastic cameras at a photography school up in San Francisco. Coincidence? Perhaps. =)
February 18th, 2010
i have one with a colorflash, and one with the hotshoe on the top. if you prefer the idea of having a flash built in to it, i would advise going for that one. it makes shooting with it a bit easier. they don't come in all the exciting colors like the "holgawood" line does, but still are just as fun. if you're dying for a purple one (i have a pink one.. haha) you can always get the auxilary flash to add on to the top. I haven't tried one of those yet, but i'm sure they work just the same.
as with the 35mm back, i have it, but i haven't had much luck to it. with 120 film, you can see the number of the frame you are on through a viewer in the back of the holga. this is due to the paper backing that the film has on it. 35mm film doesn't have the same backing, so you have to use the alternative back that the kit comes with. downfall is, you have to figure out how many clicks between frames to get your photos from overlapping. that said, you can also rig your camera to shoot 35mm with a 120 back, and the image will expose edge to edge, including over the sprocket holes.
when i bought my first one (the one with the color flash) i got the whole kit from adorama camera off amazon. it was around 70 i think, and included an alternate piece inside to do either square or rectangle format, a roll of film, and a book all on different effects that can be done.
i love my holga. i first shot slide film (by accident) with it, and the shots turned out amazing. when i get my most recent film back this weekend, i will try and post something somewhere :) lomography.com is an awesome website to get insight from as well :)
i'm down for taking that course in SF! haha
February 25th, 2010
Yep, I have a purple fisheye toy camera, and it's a ton of fun to have around. I like to let people pass it around at parties, and it comes out with the best photos :D
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