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Holga Holgaglo 135 Camera - Solar Infra Red
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- 2 aperture settings, f/11 for sunny, f/8 for cloudy
- Normal shutter setting 1/100 of a second and bulb shutter setting
- Standard Tripod Mount
- Hot Shoe Adapter
- Uses 35mm format film
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The Holga camera was initially introduced to the Chinese public in 1982 as an inexpensive camera for everyday use. Shortly after its introduction, it became an underground artistic phenomena. Using a Holga is an exercise in breaking free from dependence on technology, precision and controllability. The slight softness of the images, vignetting and random light leaks produce dream-like, one-of-a-kind images.Now, to further commemorate the 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Holga Glo camera, these models actually glow in the dark! Just expose to white light, shut off the lights and watch your Holga, Glow...in the dark! Grab it, load and say, "I shoot things Holga."To achieve more of the Holga's trademark vignetting, the Holga 135BC has bent corners that renders the Holga's retro vignetting in every image.The 30th Anniversary Limited Edition HolgaGlo Glow in the Dark Cameras are available in 120 medium format cameras and 35mm cameras. They are available in Solar Yellow, Infra Red, Ultra Violet and Aura Orange
Top Customer Reviews
This camera will scratch the back of your negatives, which is not a big deal if your just scanning them in since it usually wont show at all. If you plan on putting them in an enlarger you'll need to glue some felt or other fine material to the film pressure plate so it doesn't scratch.
Also the sunny / cloudy setting is kind of weird, its puts a rectangular aperture over the lens that really only shaves about a MM off either side of the lens..I generally ignore it and just shoot on cloudy.
Sadly, they have improved the quality of the lenses and all but eliminated the light leaks from the newer models now.
This takes great photos, but they are nothing like the original Holgas. I've still enjoyed this almost as much as my older Holgas however, and with a little practice you can take some great photos
The pictures are the quality I expected. Being able to do multiple exposures is nice. I love the bent corner look and the way the colors turn out. For the price I paid, I'm very happy with the camera, and have a lot of fun using it. So far I've only used the 400 ISO Lomo film, and that's worked out nicely. All in all, it's a nice break from the predictability of digital photography. Do keep in mind that you'll need an external flash if you want to take any indoor or night photography. Without it, photos are very grainy or don't come out at all.
Its fun because it really does glow in the dark and its a Holga. This is my second 35mm Holga. Looks great and super happy with the purchase.
Many digital buffs like to say there's no point in the inconvenience of film and hard-to-control cameras like this when things like vignetting, grain, and blur can easily be done digitally. All I can do is shake my head and say "you miss the point entirely" to them. First off, the joy of the analog process is a factor. Now I'm sure others will want more solid reasons. Alright. Speed. There are no on and off switches. Photographic moments can be fleeting. I can't tell you how many moments I missed by trying to pull out my camera from my bag, or waiting for it to turn on. With this nifty guy you just lift it up and click the shutter. It's as fast as your hands will go. In addition the lack of controls not only puts your focus on the subject rather than settings, you come to expect "imperfect" shots anyway so once you understand the basics of using the camera you can take shots really fast and not mind what simple settings there are. Another big plus, portability. You may hesitate to bring an expensive DSLR out to a demanding hike or rough neighborhood. But a sub-$50 camera not so much. Also if you're a fan of candid shots, people are less intimidated having this pointed at them than a digital "real" camera. The clumsy clack sound the shutter makes will also alert them far less.
If you are the adventurous types, total unpredictability is a pro. As an iPhone user I have plastic camera simulation apps. It's not the same. You look at it and select and shake for a different effect and it's like photoshop on auto. Plus, no film wind techniques and light leaks, no personal interior mods or character unique to your own camera. The grain achieved digitally doesn't even match the warm analog grain and blur. Another thing usually seen as a disadvantage is development time. All I will say on that is the feeling of waiting for your film to develop, it's like Christmas presents. It all really makes photography exciting again. This is further heightened if you develop your own film. At that point you're involved intimately in every step of the process of making the image, so when you come out with something, it's just... Special.
All in all I highly recommend this fun little camera if you want to break away from stale digital perfection for living, dynamic shots you can inject your own character into. You may have a little trouble controlling it at first so don't use your first roll on your grand vacations or first dates or anything. But once you get the hang of it, this Holga will do you wonders. Seeing as the price is relatively cheap I also recommend having several of these for different films and effects. Personally I'd recommend other kinds though like the TLR (great for waist level candid shots, low angle) or another style of plastic camera. I own the TLR as well as a Diana Mini. But more important than what you own, have fun!