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Holga 60mm f/8, Manual Focus Lens for Canon DSLR Camera

3.8 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
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Product Description

The Holga lens that turns your Hi-Tech DSLR or SLR into a Lo-Fi Lovely! This version mounts to any Canon DSLR/SLR like a regular lens. Shoot Lomo and Holga style images with their characteristic soft focus and corner vignetting with none of the hassle or cost of using film. These lenses are also available in mounts for Nikon SLR, Olympus SLR, Sony SLR, Pentax SLR, Olympus PEN, Sony NEX, Panasonic Lumix and Samsung NX. This Holga lens is the same as the 60mm lens that is standard on Holga medium format cameras. The appropriate crop factor should be applied for other formats such as digital sensors. The lens has a fixed aperture of f/8.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.1 x 3 x 1.8 inches
Item Weight 0.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B005OFK89E
Item model number HLA_60mm f/8_CNN
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3.8 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Film SLR Lenses
Date first available at Amazon.com November 11, 2011

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A couple weeks ago, I randomly came across these lenses (they have them for both Canon and Nikon mount).. I knew of the Holga film cameras making some what of a come back, and they sounded fun, but no chance was I going to buy a low quality film camera and film.. Even if I did buy that stuff, I won't lie, I'm a child of this here digital era, and I'm just WAY too lazy to go get pictures developed - just not going to happen! Are you kidding me?? You need to be seriously dedicated to go THAT far out of your way to get some really poor quality pictures..

But right! Then I discovered this Holga lens for your DSLR! And it is CHEAP (in price)! So I said what the heck, and I bought one! Seriously, as anyone with a DSLR knows, even a cheap lens is pretty danged expensive! But this little guy? Not expensive!! And after playing around with it, it's worth it just to have as something fun-and-different to spice up your DSLR bag/kit! Really, if you can't think of anything, just toss this lens on your camera, try reeaally hard to see through your view finder, and it's kind of amazing how that really boring normal ol' tree in the back yard all of a sudden looks cool and completely different through this piece of sh-glass (plastic, really..)! : D I'm telling you this little guy is a whole lot of fun!

And I'm also telling you, your pictures are going to look pretty danged bad! This is NOT a regular lens! It's made to take POOR pictures. And it excels at it!! : D So don't go complaining when you buy it that your pictures look less-than-stellar.. And don't forget it's MANUAL FOCUS, so your camera won't focus for you! (Here's my quick and dirty guess for focusing: the closest subject is 5 feet away, the mountain is for something 25 feet away or more...
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UPDATE: There is a diffusing disk made of soft flexible black plastic on the back of the lens that is not glued in with strong glue. Using a penknife blade, it is possible to remove it without damaging it. I assume the disk is there to give a more "Holga" look, but it results in a tiny aperture and really slow shutter speeds.

I popped mine out (carefully saving it) and it produces a whole different kind of photo. Still not terribly sharp and more like you would expect from a simple single element lens...but surprisingly sharper that you might expect. I have not tried it on a full-frame camera, but I find it more useful than when using the diffuser disk.

You may like the change or you may not. But it does open the possibility of trying some home-made disks in the back if you want to experiment.

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I am the author of the book, "How To Use The Digital Camera You Just Bought" and I love attaching all kinds of lenses to my Canon DSLR via adapters, T-mounts, etc.

So I jumped at the idea of taking digital Diana/Holga type shots with with this lens. It does work, and some of the shots are interesting, but there is a big limitation.

The lens is designed to cover a larger roll film negative. When used on a 35mm camera (or that size sensor), most of the area where the cool drop-off, etc. occurs is not captured, as it is outside the frame.

When placed on a consumer DLSR with an even smaller sensor, even less of the lens coverage is used. This results in what appears to be a more narrow telephoto effect, roughly 90mm equivalent, and even less of the Diana/Holga effect.

Also, the plastic used for the lens is not the same as the original Diana's clear, brittle styrene that flowed and flawed uniquely for each lens.
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This lens is not bad if you know what you're buying. As many have stated before, it's a plastic lens that yields a toy-like quality of image. While it might seem to be a waste of technology to use a lens like this on a modern DSLR, read on - this lens has a place in my camera bag for a few reasons.

First off, I'll say that the advertised aperture of f/8 is dubious, mainly because I believe this aperture is calculated by measuring the diameter of the array of holes that produce the vignette, not just the center hole. Looking at the back of the lens reveals a daisy-shaped array of holes with a slightly larger one in the center. This is made to generate the dark corners in your photos, and it does a fairly good job on cropped-sensor cameras. However, this lens exposes much closer to f/28 than it does f/8, so a flash or really good lighting is required for all shots.

The photos I've taken with this lens have come out with that characteristic Holga soft focus with only the very center of your photo showing any sharpness. This aesthetic is cool and useful under the right circumstances. Still photos turn out nicely, but the main reason I purchased this lens is to use it in video mode. If you have enough light - and that's a big "if", as this lens requires a lot of it - you can get a really neat, dreamy looking video quality out of this lens. Sure, the lens isn't much more than a toy, but the truth is it takes a toy to get this kind of video quality, so it does its job just fine.

As an added bonus, if you own a Canon 35mm SLR (like my EOS Rebel T2), you can really nail the Holga look while exerting a higher level of control over your image. So much of the Holga/Lomography aesthetic comes from the film itself, so if you can manually expose your shots through this lens, you get some really cool results.

My only gripe with the lens is that it's a little stiff on focusing, but that's pretty much it.
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