Holga CFN - How I Hate to Love You.....Your Flash That Is!

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The Holga Affair - we're all a part of it, we love this blocky plastic camera. With each new model we awe and drool a bit and find new ways to explore our creativity. With the Holga CFN we experience new ways to blend color into our night shots and get gitty at the chance to prowl the night searching for new objects and people to shoot. If you have this camera you may have noticed that without the 6x4.5 mask the batteries which power the flash have a problem of falling out of place. I tried tape (the same electrical tape I use to decorate my Holga) but the heat of summer and the bumps and turns while riding my bike around town caused the batteries to get loose and fall out of place. I even spent a few times in the pub with the camera under my shirt trying to resituate the batteries into place without exposing the film to any light. The main problem besides the flash not working was the tape and or batteries would get in the way and block part of your film from being exposed.

The Holga Affair – we’re all a part of it, we love this blocky plastic camera. With each new model we awe and drool a bit and find new ways to explore our creativity. With the Holga CFN we experience new ways to blend color into our night shots and get gitty at the chance to prowl the night searching for new objects and people to shoot. If you have this camera you may have noticed that without the 6×4.5 mask the batteries which power the flash have a problem of falling out of place. I tried tape (the same electrical tape I use to decorate my Holga) but the heat of summer and the bumps and turns while riding my bike around town caused the batteries to get loose and fall out of place. I even spent a few times in the pub with the camera under my shirt trying to resituate the batteries into place without exposing the film to any light. The main problem besides the flash not working was the tape and or batteries would get in the way and block part of your film from being exposed.

It took a few rolls of film and many inappropriate phrases to figure out a remedy to this problem. I took a few long but small sheets of aluminum (or aluminium for non-US people) foil and folded them into small 4×4cm squares that are quite thick and put them at the ends of the batteries to hold them in place between the connection. And like magic the batteries have never moved and I’ve gone through 20 rolls of film!!! Some of you may know this trick already but I thought I’d share my success with anyone who has had the batteries or pieces of tape get in the way of their photos or shouted $%&! because they missed the perfect shot in low light.

written by the_fstops_here on 2008-12-27 in #gear #tipster #holga-cfn-120 #flash #batteries #tipster

7 Comments

  1. tiagomm100
    tiagomm100 ·

    Hey man! Thank you very much for this post! I wasn´t using my holga since the flash gone wrong, and I tried what you said. Didn´t work first, the flash charge but didn´t flash. Then I opened the lens and saw the little iron thing that makes the contact was stuck. I move that, and now I have a holga with flash again! Thanks to this encouraging post. A+

  2. tveden
    tveden ·

    Fantastic, i've been trying to solve this problem for a long time. Gonna try it out asap. But i'm thinking, does'nt it increase the charging time of the flash?

    Thanks a lot

  3. makeyuu
    makeyuu ·

    been there. so annoying when you suddenly hear the batteries tumbling around in there!

  4. the_fstops_here
    the_fstops_here ·

    I didn't know this tip made it to the beta site....glad to know it has helped out! Thanks for the comments.

  5. 80s_ego
    80s_ego ·

    sorry i have another problem but maybe this tip can add me...my flash doesn't work anymore but if i put the aluminium sheets do you think that it could rise again?
    thanks in advance

    Emanuel

  6. jonasfx
    jonasfx ·

    thanks!!! I feel dumbfor not thinking of it myself. haha!

  7. kyliekin3
    kyliekin3 ·

    my batteries don't move at all but I lost the foam , in my first roll of film .... shooting without it now , we will see how the rolls of film turn out .

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