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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful.
worth every penny!
a friend of mine and i were talking about how much we wanted holgas but couldn't find them... so when i saw this on here i immediately bought two kits, one for me and one for her.
and YES IT COMES WITH THE CAMERA. i just wanted to say that. but the whole package is great! comes with film, batteries, a poster extolling the virtues of lomography, a mini-handbook for the camera itself, incredibly easy to use. and what i think really makes the package is the "HOLGA - life through a plastic lens" book, with Holga enthusiasts, experts and aficionados giving you tips and sharing their images. Such a charming book, breathtaking pictures, and inspiring because it shows you what this cheap little thing is capable of. and they also give you cool little tricks for modifying the camera and different effects you can get and so on. so... yeah.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
The Holga is an interesting camera - from humble beginnings in 1982 it went from a cheap and simple camera to a cheap and simple camera with somewhat of a trendy status. Now I am not here to argue against the Holga - I have seen some fantastic images created with it on display at gallery events - but in the subjective, very personal world of photography this camera just isn't for me.
This was never designed to be a long-lasting piece of photographic equipment. The name of the game was cheap, subtitle REALLY cheap. I can appreciate this though - not all cameras need to cost $4,000. Everything on this camera (including the lens) is plastic, and while the haphazard design allows for some crazy light-leaks and easy portability, I didn't get more than 15 rolls through it before it gave up the ghost. (most stars lost here)
Well, I guess this is the most controversial point, and the one I will cover only briefly. I managed to make some great images with this camera, and the fact that it uses 120mm film can only work in its favor. That aside, if you're not cross-processing, the images are very flat and rather void of color or real contrast (not sunny day contrast, but REAL contrast). That said, I knew what the Holga would produce going in, so I wasn't overly disappointed. The colored flash was kind of fun for the first few shots, but quickly sat unused.
Listen, this is just my opinion, but if you really are just wanting to shoot film with a low-fi look, I would highly suggest picking up an old rangefinder at the next garage sale you go to. My Holga broke after about 15 rolls, and yet my 56 year old Yashica Rangefinder is still going strong with not a darn thing wrong with it. It also gives me some crazy flare and the odd light leak. You can get colored gels for a regular flash if you really think that it's worth it. Really though I can't hate this camera too much - as long as people are still shooting film the industry will continue to keep its chin up, and that is something.
If you want a holga, just for the sake of wanting to try/use/own one, then this is a good starter kit.
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By Janie Notoque
Very fun to point and "expose" with, because of the unexpected exposure effects made possible with the plastic lens and the manual features (e.g. can create a vignette look). One major downside to the plastic (cheap-looking) camera is that the sidebars holding the back cover get loose and slide easily (one remedy that can hold them in place involve some tape and velcro...). The flash filters are handy in creating some mad effect on contrast and color schemes. The electric tape can be used to prevent light leaks. The book features some techniques and a lot of pictures. If you're looking for something that will give you "certainty" in knowing exactly how your pictures will turn out, try a digital camera. If you're looking for something that give you greater control for depth of field and shutter speed, try a traditional, manual SLR. If you like experimenting with alternative exposure techniques (e.g. masking and multiple exposures) as well as camera modifications, and are open to being surprised by what the camera captures, try this one.