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Holga 120 N - A Eulogy

For two years she has been my faithful friend, my most treasured companion, my rock in a sea of turmoil. We have stuck together through thick and thin, Holga and I, but now she has passed on.

She was a simple being, very responsible financially, which is what brought us together initially. As time went on, I grew infatuated with her portly plastic body and plastic eyes, her good-natured light leaks, and the flexible demeanor of her hot shoe, tripod threads, and bulb-setting. She always had an uncomplicated view of the world – f/11 and 1/100s., rain or shine. Her relationships were defined by little symbols above her lens, from the closest of friends, to more distant acquaintances and the world at large.

Good-natured light leaks

I remember with fondness the times we’ve had together.

Our very first roll of slide film.

The experiments gone wrong.

The experiments gone right.

I fear I shall never forget the dread of the moment when pushing her button was no longer followed by that reassuring click, but I shall have to put my faith in the saying that time heals all wounds. I pray her spirit is now at peace in plastic heaven, and as for her earthly remains, I plan to ensure they are put to good use.

Goodbye, Holga, rest in peace.


written by eggzakly


  1. stouf


    A beautiful ode to the queen of cameras ! And sublime shots ! If this review hadn't been misplaced, it would have bee a review of the week. Congrats eggzakly !

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  2. mephisto19


    veeeeeeeeery good!

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  3. anarchy


    Oooooooooohhhhhh, this is pure poetry to my eyes =))))) I'm loving it!!!

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  4. pangmark


    Very nice but,how'd you kiil her? Mine just won't die! I dropped her so many times on the last road trip the aperture button came out {taped up the hole and taped the aperture thing open in the lens)dropped here in the toilet, unscrewed the lens and popped on the one from the cfn while she dries. Oh, and the springs poked on the shutter so disconnected it and taped the slidey thing open. Now it's kind of all bulb, no flash and plastic lens. {does that make it a standard N? Oh, and for sunny days, taped unexposed negative to the filter and keep the shutter open. Moral of the story? If it moves and it shouldn't.. tape it. If it doesn't move and it should... lubricate it! :))

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  5. eggzakly


    She just stopped working one day, nothing out of the ordinary happened. I think it's just wear on the spring, it kind of bends in an odd direction and sticks. There's no problem in B mode, so she, too, is now a bulb holga - I long since replaced her with new one :)

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  6. pangmark


    yes, i think i will reluctantly have to do the same. just have to choose out of the growing list!

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  7. itsdebraanne


    i'm so sorry for your loss. mine was taken from me too early *tear*

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