May 15, 2008
Hey, where did you get that camera?
Oh, you mean this little plastic toy?
I've had several people ask me where to get a Holga from. For those of you that don't know what a Holga is, it is a plastic toy camera made in China (go figure) that shoots on 120 medium format film. You can read all about it HERE.
The only place I will buy a Holga from is from Randy Smith over at HolgaMods. Why you ask? Well, he modifies them to be a bit more predictable and more like a camera and less like a toy. I loathe light leaks which the Holga is infamous for. The camera, if bought anywhere else, lies to you saying there is a sunny and cloudy setting. If you buy it anywhere other than Randy Smith, it is a total lie and the "fstop" is exactly the same. I buy mine from his for the modifications he makes to them.
Here is a list of modifications Randy does to the Holga:
- Flocks the inside with black matte paint to reduce light leaks
- Creates a larger 6x6 mask to enhance vignetting
- Creates 2 working fstops (f/8 & f/11)
- Allows a bulb feature for longer exposures
- Allows a correctly placed tripod mount
- Allows a waist level finder
- Makes the focusing up to 2 feet instead of 3
- Allows for a cable release
- And for those that want a fashion statement, he'll color them as well :)
- He offers pinhole Holgas and Holgaroids (Holgas that take polaroid) as well
My BFA final project in school were images I created with a Holga from my travels etc. It was called "God Bless the Indian Summer". The images are from (in order of appearance on this post) Mira Mesa CA, Tijuana MX, Mona UT, Las Vegas NV, Merced CA, The Scera Pool in Orem UT, and Kauai HI. These images SCREAM summer and give the feel of an Indian Summer which is a summer that seems to last forever. Most of my clients that have met with me are familiar with these images as there is a sonic wall of these images matted and framed (the actual ones from my BFA) in my consultation room.
I used this camera quite a bit for my personal work back in the day and then retired it. It came out of hiding just a while back and though we said we would not, it took a trip with us down to Tijuana a couple weekends (CRAZY!). Images to come soon.
So, if you are interested in this little toy camera, go get yourself one HERE.