I recently had a “conversation” on Twitter with a fellow photographer. Readers of this blog should remember Mike as he occasionally stops by with a guest post.
What started this was a post he had done about getting film developed:
Being that Mike has some pretty sweet digital equipment, this took me off guard.
They still make that stuff?
So, I figured I should look into it…
Of course, you know where this will eventually venture.
It got me thinking about the Holga camera I had somewhere. I haven’t used it in two or three years. Over that time, I’ve gotten two major accessories for my digital DLR that made the Holga almost unnecessary — a Diana lens and a pinhole lens.
The Holga is a plastic toy camera. It uses 120 film (which, in this day and age, isn’t the cheapest to get developed and most of the time you need to send it away to get done) and can be quite fun to use. Light leaks, blurs, and vignetting is normal on the finished photo. Sometimes, there’s double exposures on the shots. It’s really quite wild.
The camera itself isn’t that old as it was first brought out in the early 1980s. But the look of the images makes the camera feel like a total throwback.
The Diana — another toy camera — has a lot of the same results, but more of a blur. That’s what the lens does on my camera. And the pinhole cover gives my DSLR the full feel of an old pinhole camera.
But the Holga… oh how fun it is.
But why do I need it? I have my iPhone. And with apps such as Hipstamatic, I can get the feel of a Holga. And, again, it’s digital. Instant gratification is possible, which is a good thing.
Alas, as someone who learned photography with film, I always have a fondness for it. But I am not into just taking one of my old 35mm cameras and going out and shooting. To me, I’d rather shoot digital. But a Holga?
So I found my old Holga, dusted it off and checked it out. I then decided it was time to use this sucker again. After all, what’s the point of having such a fun camera if I never use it?
I went to Amazon in search of some 120 film and found decent prices. I grabbed a roll of 3200 ISO for this weekend in hopes of trying to get a cool shots of the Relay For Life. Now, I don’t know for sure how well it will come out as I have no control over F-stop and all that good stuff. So we’ll see what happens.
I also bought a roll of 400 ISO. I tried to purchase another the next day when Amazon apparently re-stocked, but it wouldn’t let me. It kept saying the following:
We’re sorry. This item has limited purchase quantity. We have changed your purchase quantity to the maximum allowable.
Being I wanted to order one or two others, I decided to take it to Amazon customer help and here’s what I was told:
The quantity limit to purchase it is 1. A quantity limit is the maximum number of any item that can be purchased in a 7 day period.
These limits cannot be increased. Items with quantity restrictions have very low prices and/or a limited supply, and we want to ensure that many customers are able to order these items. As our prices and product supply change, these limits may change too
Seriously? You won’t let me purchase more than one of these rolls in a week to be “fair?”
Isn’t the idea of a store to sell what they can?
Anyway, I got one roll and that was good for now. They both arrived today, so I look forward to trying out the Holga again this weekend.
With the Relay for Life and with a few other things. Maybe some disc golf on Sunday, too. And it also got the creative juices flowing again. Mike and I are trying to hash out a challenge we’ll be doing where we each take a roll with our Holgas. If anyone reading this is a Holga shooter and wants to get in on it, let me know. The end results will hopefully be a couple of fun blog posts about the challenge.
I won’t be doing a ton of film because it’s expensive to get developed!
But I am into checking it out to see what I can do again. And have some fun with it.
Any of you still do film? A Holga? Any other interesting cameras?
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