Pick up the Lomography Universal Mount and a whole new universe of possibilities opens up for your Holga.
I had a few piggy points burning a hole in my Lomo pocket, and I was about to spend it on a fist full of expired film, and then I noticed the Lomography Universal Mount for the Holga. I thought, “Wow! How did I not notice this item in the shop before?”… I had a ton of ideas on how I could use it, so the piggy-bank was smashed and I pulled the trigger on this fine accessory.
Let’s start with the product itself. Now, this is a great little hunk of metal. It is very solid metal ring adapter with screw threads to accept filters, and it has two small screws to firmly attach it to the lens barrel of your Holga. You’ll also notice it’s very good looking, and carries a Lomography logo in black which stands out against the metal.
So, screw it on, but not too tight. Make sure the focus settings (you know, the person, mountains, etc) are still showing! I was careful to place the screws in between the little grooves on the lens barrel, they clamp on very well like that.
Now for the fun part. Attach ANY 55mm screw-in filter.
Filters available in this size include warming or cooling filters, color correction filters, Infrared filters, softening and diffusing filters, star-effect filters, colored filters for increased contrast in black and white photos, UV and polarizing filters, gradient filters, prism and other special effect filters… the list goes on and on.
But today I started off with a very affordable set of diopters. These bring the focus distance closer, so you can do “Holga macro”.
My set came with +1, +2, and +4. They can be stacked for a +7 effect, and that is just what I did! The focus with +7 is now 5.5 inches from the lens (at infinity/mountains setting)!!!
You should test the focus by using some tracing paper in a dark room as shown on previous tipsters. I taped a cable tie with this exact length to the camera as a guide for this distance. And then I loaded up some expired Pro400H and got closer to subjects than I thought Holga could ever go!
“Universal” is a good word to describe it since you’ll find a whole new universe of possibilities for your Holga. I know this simple but versatile accessory has certainly got me thinking of ways to expand my Holga Horizon in new ways!