It’s a bit of a cult – or like Ashy_Sheela said to me a geeky club. A Holga is a cheap plastic camera originating from China which traditionally has a plastic lens.
The cheap build of the plastic camera gives rise to all manner of light leaks and distortions which are what makes the Holga so appealing to enthusiasts. Each Holga is unique in it’s distortions and “faults”.
You shoot on 120 film which is medium format and with the aid of masks you can either take 12 shots of 6×6 or 16 shots of 6×4. The 6×6 square format seems most popular with enthusiasts and gives more opportunity for vignetting to occur.
I can go on and on about the Holga but you can find out loads more at www.squarefrog.co.uk which tells you pretty much everything you need to know.
(I bought a Holga off ebay. I bought a ‘FN’ If I did over again I’d go for a Holga 120N and not have the built in flash. I like thw lightweight nature of the camera without batteries but as batteries are put behind the film you can only change them between rolls. So on reflection I’d rather have had a ‘N’ and bought a hot shoe flash later.)
So here’s the results from my first roll of film in my new love, my Holga:
[IMAGE] Kingsbury October 2007. Holga FN – 120 Fuji Superior 400.
[IMAGE] The Inquisitive Canadian. Holga FN – 120 Fuji Superior 400.
And for interest here are two Holga photos with the digital shots I took of the same scene at the same time:
[IMAGE] Kingsbury Calm. Holga FN – 120 Fuji Superior 400.
[IMAGE] Kingsbury. Digital Canon Ixus-I Zoom.
[IMAGE] Kingsbury Melt. Holga FN – 120 Fuji Superior 400.
[IMAGE] Threatening Sky. Digital Canon Ixus-I Zoom.
Can you see why the Holga has such appeal?