Own a Holga WPC? 120 film too expensive to experiment with? Want some super long pano with sprocket holes?
After looking at the camera for a while, I decided to add in a ‘rewind’ knob. I digged my camera graveyard and found a ripped apart Chinese TLR and managed to salvage the film advance knob which I hoped could be easily planted onto the Holga WPC. The problem came when I was trying to make a hole on the underside of the WPC so that I can mount the ‘new rewind knob’. I do not have proper equipments, so I had to make do with a screw driver, a pretty large screw and a pair of scissors. Hahaha. A drill will of course make things easier but I do not have one at home. Anyway … fast forward a little bit and it was done. I attached the rewind knob to the bottom of the WPC using some Selleys Knead It. I found this hand kneadable fast setting epoxy puttyat a DIY store recently and it seems pretty good for such DIY work.
Next headache … finding something to attach to the rewind knob to turn the roll of film during rewind. The rewind knob from the TLR was for 120 film, thus I need something to handle 35mm film. Hmm … back to the camera graveyard and this time I found a ripped apart Gakken Stereo Pinhole camera. Aha!!! I took the small part from the camera where the rewind lever attaches to … and carefully (using Knead It) stick it to part of an empty 120 spool … so that I can make any necessary adjustment to it if I have to.
For those who has used the Holga or the WPC before … you might be wondering how can we use the original film advance knob as the rewind knob, since it only turn in one direction. What I did was that I turned the knob real hard (ouch!) counter-clockwise until all the plastic ‘gears’ inside the knob are broken. It sounds scary but it really ain’t too hard (or heartbreaking). Hahaha. Once you manage to make a few counter-clockwise turns … the knob can now be turned in both directions. Tada~ Ready!
Don’t forget to tape up the 120 film window behind the camera … or else there will be a big time light leak disaster.
Capture the world and all its contours in vibrant, wide-angled photographs any time, any where! The LC-A 120 is an adventure of its own with lots of exciting functions to experiment with, like seamless long exposures or full ISO control. It's also super-fast and ultra-compact - perfect for your everyday. If you're worried about the Medium Format film, don't be! You are free to use any 120 Film you want and there are plenty to choose from. In fact, that's what makes this camera so versatile! Scroll through this gallery for a little taste of the glorious shots this nifty invention is capable of.
Sonja started her analog adventures during her teenage years. She took her first film photographs when she was 13 and has been in love with the magic of the process since. Her idea of a perfect day involves developing film rolls while listening to jazz and having a cup of tea in between. In this interview, she recalls about her experience with her first Lomography camera, a Holga 120 CFN.
There are quite a few perks that come with working for a film photography company, and the best perk of all is testing out the latest cameras. I can remember buying my LC-A back in 2009 and being really inspired to shoot film again. When the LC-A 120 came along, I couldn't wait to try it out around London. Join me as I test out this super medium format beauty.
Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.
Recently, we’ve been digging through all our LC-A 120 negatives from when we first started testing the new camera. During this search, we had our very own finding Vivian Maier moment when we unearthed a bunch of photos shot by the super-talented dopic whilst he was on vacation in Japan last year. We totally love these shots and couldn’t resist sharing them with you!
Light Painting is a cool technique that we love to do when we're in the mood for experimenting with photos. It's super easy and fun, and it only requires a dark room, a friend or two to collaborate with, a camera with long exposure mode and a light painting tool to get started. Check out 50 of the most vibrant light painting photos taken by your fellow Lomographers after the cut!
One of the great things about the Lomo'Instant Camera is how versatile and creative it is, yet super easy to play with. Want to create beautiful unexpected multiple exposure shots? No problem — hit the MX switch and a ta-da! Your analogue experience instantly has a brand new world of possibilities!
While many of us can only dream of working with musicians and photographing them, Angela Izzo's job entails exactly that. Apparently, this is a fulfillment of her own dream that she had when she was younger. In this interview, Izzo talks about her beginnings which, of course, included going to as many shows and festivals as she possibly can; some of her most memorable on-the-job-experiences with the likes of The Doors, Lykke Li, Jack White, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Chris Robinson Brotherhood; her inspirations and other interests; and her love for film photography and Diana Mini. And to those looking into fulfilling their own dreams of working in the same industry, Izzo also shares helpful advice based on her own experiences.
An Argentinean writer and photographer living in the Pacific Northwest, Lorraine Healy is a long-time fan of plastic cameras and is the author of "Tricks With A Plastic Wonder," a manual for achieving better results with a Holga camera, available in eBook form on Amazon.com. In this article, Healy shares two recent photo outings where she used 35mm and medium format films.
There are so many exciting things you can do with the Lomo'Instant camera, it's hard to know where to start! We've been giving this lovable Lomo camera the full test drive so that you can experience its full potential in an instant! Here are some top tips on shooting very long exposures in dark places.
Shooting with film can be considered a labor of love. From carefully loading the film and adjusting for lighting conditions to the darkroom process, it’s a laborious process but certainly a fulfilling experience. What more if you created your own cameras?