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The Tiny, Fat, Lady Holga 135 BC

The Holga 135 BC may be the little sister of the original, legendary Holga, but it ain't less of a camera. It's simple, its light weight, it's small and it got all the great features of its bigger brother - including the fantastic effects of the plastic lens and dark corners (vignette). Plus it use regular 135-film which is cheap, easy to get, to use, and any one hour lab can develop it! But most of all, the Holga 135BC is FUN, FUN, FUN!

Mid February, 2010. I’m on my way from the post office with a package in my hands that I’ve been waiting for for a week. Right then I didn’t know that the content of that package would change my way of looking at the world maybe forever after.

Holga 135 BC was my first take on Lomography, but also my first real confrontation with analogue photography. And it was perfect.

The Holga 135 BC may be the little sister of the original, legendary Holga, but it ain’t less of a camera. It’s simple, its light weight, it’s small and it got all the great features of its bigger brother – including the fantastic effects of the plastic lens and dark corners (vignette). Plus it use regular 135-film which is cheap, easy to get, to use, and any one hour lab can develop it! Practical!

As I mentioned the Holga 135 BC was my first analogue camera and it was perfect for exactly that. It was simple enough for me to get started in just 10 minutes after opening the box – and have in mind that I hadn’t been using an analogue camera since I was a small child! But the Holga 135 BC is extremely user friendly. Just as it’s bigger brother, it got one slide for switching between N for “normal”, short exposures, and “B” for “Bulb” or looooong exposures when the light ain’t quite enough. There’s also one slide for switching between “cloudy” and “sunny” depending on the weather- or lighting conditions. Some people say it doesn’t matter what setting you choose here and that the difference is minimal or non – I agree, I can’t see no difference.

The focusing is also easy-peasy with the Holga 135 BC. On the lens there are four different distance settings visualized by Holgas iconic symbols – one for one person or portraits, one for small groups, big groups and one for mountains or infinity.

The film is wound by a wheel on the back, and the trigger is – in contrast with its bigger brother on the top of the camera, with a built in thread for cable-release – perfect for those long exposures you just want to get Holga-perfect! The trigger and the film winder are not connected, so another great thing is that you can do and layer multiple exposures – which is both interesting and super fun! On the top there’s also a hot shoe so you can mount any regular flash to light up your world.
On the other side of the little beast it also got a tripod mount.

Holga 135 BC is tiny (okay, maybe not THAT tiny, more like a fat short old lady, but she sure is small!) and extremely lightweight, perfect for smooth, discreet street photography.

So what are the cons with this little plastic beauty?
She sure is small and lightweight, but sometimes I find her kind of clumsy and fat – I want her to slide smoothly down in my pocket and stay there, ready, waiting for me… But she won’t, she’s too fat. But I want her close nearby, easy to reach, I don’t want to put her deep down in my mysterious dark, dark, creepy canvas bag. “Luckily” she got a wrist strap, it’s quite unpractical though, I want my hands free – I think a neck strap like the one on Diana Mini would be better.

Holga 135 BC is a fantastic camera which really delivers amazing pictures in a real plastic-, Holga-, toycam- and Lomo manner.

I love Holga because of all of this, but also because you can’t take her quite seriously, she de-dramatize every situation and encourage you to stop thinking and just have fun, just shoot! (But wait a second – don’t get me wrong – she can take some seriously dark and deep photos too, if that’s what you want – believe me!) Also, her basic, black plastics invites and screams for you to modify her, paint her, glue things to her, customize her and play with her appearance to let her symbolize you
But most of all – she lets you have fun, fun, fun!

written by chaoticsense

13 comments

  1. brettac

    brettac

    the 135BC (RED) was my 2nd Lomo camera but my flash isn't as extravagant as yours :). photos 4, 10, &14 are my favorite. nice review.

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  2. superlighter

    superlighter

    your review is pure love for this camera! great! and cool gallery too :)

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  3. saintjacques

    saintjacques

    haha, i love the huge flashes on holgas. i have the "holga flash" and it looks so ridiculous on it.

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  4. chaoticsense

    chaoticsense

    thanks guys! :)

    @saintjacques ha, ya I agree, and the best (or ya, maybe worst) part is that the flash itself weighs more than twice as much as the loaded camera... that's quite funny!

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  5. adi_totp

    adi_totp

    cool review! thanks for sharing :))

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  6. azzzy

    azzzy

    nice review and thats one big ass flash

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  7. wallflowersforjane

    wallflowersforjane

    the holga 135bc was my first camera too and i so agree that the holga needs a neck strap! i have one all ready to go but...i can't use it! :(

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  8. weedos

    weedos

    Great Review. I've been think about getting one and you may have just made up my mind for me. Cheers!

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  9. bittersweet

    bittersweet

    My 135 BC red & white is my first lomo cam and i fell in love of it eversince! loved the side vignette edges! Awesome for street photography, which i will be doing soon!

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  10. biergoggles

    biergoggles

    I got one of my buddies into shooting lomography but he doesn't have a camera (he shoots with mine when I have it with me, Holga 120N) and the Holga 135 BC is going to be the perfect birthday present for him.

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  11. tallyho

    tallyho

    Great piece. I especially love shots 1, 7, and 8. The 135BC is my first love too:) It just feels best.

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  12. helenapie

    helenapie

    I really want to get this camera! SOO cute :)
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  13. belindjy

    belindjy

    :my Purple Holga 135 Bc is my bff :) we hang out and really have a great time together <3

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