Holga 135 Plastic 35mm Camera (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Uses 35mm format film
- Normal shutter setting 1/100 of a second and bulb shutter setting
- 2 aperture settings, f/11 for sunny, f/8 for cloudy
- Standard Tripod Mount, Hot Shoe Adapter, Lens cap and strap
- Built in cable release adapter so there is no need for the shutter release set, a basic cable release will do
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The manufacturer of the Holga camera has created three new versions of their world famous camera in 35mm format. The new models are Holga 135 (Item #167-120), Holga 135PC (Item #168-120) and Holga 135BC (Item #170-120). The Holga 135 is a standard 35mm camera with similar features to the Holga 120N (item #144120) except that it includes a cable release adapter in the shutter release button. The Holga 135PC is similar except that in has a pinhole instead of a lens. The Holga 135BC is the same as the Holga 135 except that itincludes an internal mask to create a soft vignetting of the corners or bent corners effect. The Holga 135 is much like its 120N counterpart, however it requires 35mm film. It has the characteristic soft focus and enchanting possibility of light leaks. Features include: -Standard tripod mount (1/4-20) -Bulb selector for extra long exposures -Cable release adapter in the shutter release button No batteries required.
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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
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!
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I'm including some of my own sample photos here~