Wikipedia reports that the Holga was originally designed as an inexpensive family camera for the Chinese masses. The company envisioned a sort of Asian Kodak recording family vacations and events.
Things may not have worked out as originally intended, but I found my Holga perfectly suited to the task when we took it on a recent trip to Six Flags. Its light weight meant I could hang it around my neck and forget it, while its simple construction and lack of electronics meant I could take it places I would never dare take most of my collection.
This week’s images were shot on Portra 400 and developed at home.
The Holga 120N was my entry into medium format. Prior to my return to film about 2 years ago, I knew nothing of things larger than 35mm. The Holga was an inexpensive way to learn. It features a zone focus plastic lens with symbols for Portrait, Single Person, Group, and Landscape. A switch selects different apertures for sunny or shaded, and the single speed shutter can be switched to bulb mode if you wish. Film advance is via a knob on top with a red window on the back of the camera.
I’ve found it works best with 400 ASA film, so I’ve loaded a roll of Portra 400 for the week.
You can still buy them new. Mine came from Four Corner Store.
I have unintentionally misled you. The results shown for week 16 are the wrong photos. They are in fact from a Holga 135BC, but it was Beth's camera and not mine. I discovered the error when scanning the other rolls from that batch. Here are mine:
First Aid Cache, Tuckerman's Ravine
Tuckerman Ravine trail
Love that Dirty Water
The Holga 135BC is simply fun to shoot. My example has lost its focus guide so I've replaced it with simple Sharpie dots to indicate close-up, portrait, group, and landscape settings. Using the wide angle lens requires setting the focus at infinity and forgetting it, which makes shoot-from-the-hip street photography incredibly easy. The shutter has a quiet click, so you can shoot in public without attracting much attention.
I think I don't shoot this camera enough. Lately when I feel like a Holga, I tend to use the medium format version. This one is easier to pocket and takes up to 36 shots per roll.
For this week's project, the BC was loaded with Fuji Pro 400H. I've actually been carrying it intermittently for a few weeks, as 36 exposures can be a lot. :-). The results are nicely funky, with a strange centered artifact from the wide angle lens.
Week four, all rolled into one post.
Kodak Gold 200 in a Voigtlander Vito B
#BEFORE / AFTER
This was supposed to be a double exposure, but I wound the camera out of habit. Oops.
Shot on a Super Ricohflex TLR, another eBay find.
I am an engineer, after all.
Olympus 35RC with Kodak Gold
Shot with the Olympus at —
Beach Access #1, Salisbury
I snuck this one with the Voigtlander Bessamatic (Kodak Gold 400) while passing through the USCG Station Portsmouth Harbor on the way to shoot Fort Constitution.
Holga 135BC, Kodak Gold 400
My madness for the month has ended, but I’ve recently installed a darkroom so this is not the last of my film photography.
We’re lucky to have her, and it was a lucky shot.
Nikon FM2 with 20mm lens
All of our pets are rescues. Cricket is living a dog’s life now.
Self explanatory, methinks.
And a bonus from week 4:
From a test roll shot today in my newly-acquired Voigtlander Vito B.
The rest are still off at the lab. I’ve been shooting a lot, but it has been divided among 4 cameras. I’m really looking forward to the first roll in the Yashicamat LM.