Are you an avid Lomographer thinking if you should buy a Holga? or a beginner in Lomography, deciding which camera should you start with? Read my reviews then, if it might help you a bit :)
The Holga is one example of good toy cameras for beginners (as it is very easy to handle) or even for the experienced Lomographers. I am so lucky to have tried shooting with Holga a few times. As there are so many types of Holga cameras out there, the only model I had the chance to try was Holga 135BC, made for 35mm film.
Here’s the specifications of Holga that you should know:
Size: 11.5 × 7.5 × 6.5cm
Format: 35mm film (which you could easily get from convenient stores)
Aperture settings: fixed, but you can choose either f/8 or f/11
Shutter speeds: 1/125 and Bulb mode
There are so many reasons to like this camera. Personally, I love Holga 135BC for its ability to create so many art despite its simplicity. The only border is our imagination. So here are the things that I love about this camera:
The model’s name is ‘BC’ which stands for ‘Black Corner.’ This camera produces strong vignetting effect on the photos. Holga 135BC has a rear mask on its lens for enhanced “Black Corner” effect. I love the vintage, classic impact by the vignette.
Long Exposure (Bulb Mode)
This is another feature that I like about Holga: the Bulb Mode! Even most toy cameras have this function. You’ll be able to shoot in low-light condition with this feature.
As for this photo above, I took it at night without using flash. I held the shutter for 30 seconds.
What is the relevance of a toy camera if you cannot do multiple exposures? Multiple exposure happens when you combine a few frames on a picture, making it unique and create its own stories.
To conclude, the Holga is a one of kind camera that you should keep on your camera shelf. And for beginners, Holga will be a very good start in your Lomography experience. Believe me!