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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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|Item Dimensions||1 x 1 x 1 inches|
|Item Weight||1 pound|
|Shipping Weight||0.65 pounds|
|Style Name||Holga 135|
Top Customer Reviews
I must say, the Holga 135BC is a fun little camera! I took it on a trip to the mountains and got some great shots of the fall foliage. The vignetting (black corners) came out on about half the pictures; some of them came out without much vignetting at all, which was surprising. There haven't been any light leaks, which may disappoint some users, but I know there are some mods out there (involving drilling holes into the side of the body) to create that effect if you wish. Double exposures are quite easy to do. I recommend using ISO400 speed film for best effects, especially when you're just beginning. The aperture is pretty much set at something like f8 and the shutter speed is around 1/100 (though this can vary), so most indoor pictures and even outdoor pictures in overcast lighting came out dark and dismal. I kind of wish I had bought the one that comes with a flash unit (holga 15b) but I'm gonna purchase that separately. The ones I took in sunlight are great though, so i recommend taking your Holga outside on a pretty day for your first roll. As for loading and unloading the film, it's quite easy to do. Just remember to press the film release button on the bottom of the camera before you rewind your film to avoid stretching or ripping apart your exposed film.
Overall, i think that the Holga 135BC is a wonderful little camera, great for those of us trying out a plastic camera for the first time, and a great attention-getter in public. I would definitely recommend it!
The main problem with this camera is it's lens is too narrow. The classic Holga 120 has a fairly wide angle lens, but the narrow 135 captures only a fraction of a person's view compared to the 120 model. For this type of camera, which has almost no settings to begin with, a wide angle lens is more desirable- it's easier to either take a few steps forward or just crop the final image with a wider lens than having to take 50 steps back to try to cram all your surroundings within the narrow frame. There is a Holga Wide Angle Lens Adapter that you can buy and attach to the 135, but it causes too much distortion for my tastes.
The other issue is the 35mm film. The 120N takes medium format film, which has about 4-5 times the surface area as 35mm. So even though the lens is plastic, because the negatives are so huge, most photos (properly focused) come out very sharp and crisp in the center of the frame with the classic vignetting and blur toward the edges. The 135 produces much smaller 35mm negatives. As a result, pretty much all the photos look pretty dull from edge to edge, lacking any sort of crispness whatsoever. Because of how the 135 is designed, there is no natural vignetting and no light leaks (if you're into that).
If you're considering trying out a Holga, I'd highly recommend the 120 model.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The film wind broke after 5 days of use. I was really looking forward to using this long term. Use filters, you'll probably be better off.Published 6 months ago by Chris Cosby
Great entry level camera for anyone wanting to get into film photography. Extremely simple to use, and a whole lot of fun :D
I'm including some of my own sample photos here~
This is a review for the Holga 135 BC version NOT the holga glo which i believe may be a bit different. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
This camera will last forever, longer than your smart phone, dslr or any of today's digital cameras. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Robbo
Holga camera, is "THE CAMERA" Amazing photos, great effects.Published 20 months ago by David Francisco Paredes
This thing is a piece of junk. I returned it and bought a disposable camera. Don't waste your money - I ruined two rolls of film.Published 21 months ago by BAPKEPMOM