I wanted to share my excitement that I am getting a Holga camera soon! I have wanted one (again) for so long and thanks to Urban Outfitters, I made the purchase this past weekend. If you are unfamiliar with the Holga camera – it is a plastic, toy camera that leaks light in to where you get the most amazing effects in your photos.
I had a Holga in college, which cost me around $20 bucks, circa 8 years ago. Later on as a poor student, I ended up selling my camera on eBay because 1) I changed my major & didn’t need camera equipment anymore and 2) I needed the extra moolah. Now that I have been searching again, I noticed that they are super popular and pricey. The one I paid for was actually on sale for $49.99 with accessories. You can also check out fredflare.com for the LOMO Holga Starter Kit, but it runs for $75. If you still don’t get what all the hoopla is about, let me just show you how fun these cameras are. Take a look at these photos:
I am sure you are wondering why the pictures are square? Let me give you the spec’s on the Holga so you an get a better understanding of how awesome this camera is! Information gathered from www.lomography.com:
THE PLASTIC PRINCE
The Holga owes its incredible images to a few factors: a fresh and simple semi-wide plastic lens, professional-grade medium format film, a long exposure option, the ability to shoot multiple times on the same frame and advance partial frames, a somewhat-not-light-tight body, and exactly 12.4 pounds of bonafide magical pixie dust.
- Size: 22cm (8.65in) x 17,5cm (7in) x 9,5cm (3.75in)
- Weight: 730g (1.6lb)
- Format: all 120 medium format film (color negative, slide, b&w)
- Lens: Plastic 60mm, f/8
- Focus: manual zone focus with four distance settings
- Approximate 35mm format equivalent focal length: 38mm
- Aperture settings: f/8, f/11
- Shutter speeds: 1/125, “B”
- Flash: Color gel system (yellow, red, blue, clear), powered by 2 “AA” batteries
- Uncoupled advance & shutter release for multiple & partial exposures
- Standard tripod thread
- Professional lab development only
Interested yet? Well, do some research and think about it! I will be playing with my toy camera soon and hopefully I can display them on here for you to see…
*All images were found on the Internet. These are not mine.