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Holga Wide Pinhole Camera (WPC): User Review, Exposure Table, and More

This camera eats film like the leviathan swallows ships. Find here a few tips about this pinhole monster.

Searching for ‘WPC’ in the search bar of lomography.com, I found 3 camera reviews (one by mephisto19, one by kylewis and one by juznobsrvr), 3 film reviews (one by eggzakly, one by mephisto19 and one by rater), 3 locations by eggzakly (here, here and here), and, one tripod review by eggzakly.

Despite the very significant amount of awesomeness represented by all these articles, I could not find a clear answer to the question: ‘For how long shall I expose?’

As a remedy and also to satisfy my thirst of shooting, I shot a lot. I tested different films, different processes and measured different exposure durations in different ambient lights. And then I made a table. Note that I do not guarantee absolute satisfaction if you ever try using it. Results vary a lot according to the emulsion and also to how each one of us senses light. I never used an exposure meter, just counted in my mind (except for the very long exposures).

Using these duration, I obtained the following results.

With normal E6 or XPro processes:

With Hybrid processes:

With Rodinal:

That was satisfying, but not enough. Given that you can use 35mm film in the WPC, you can also get some 70mm action. First, I had to re-use my idea of frame counter for Holga, and apply it to the WPC. I did, and here’s the counter.

These arrows indicate the fraction of turn you have to do between shots, after you have already made two turns. As you can see, 1 and 2 are on the same spot which means you need to do 3 (2+1) turns from shot 1 to shot 2. Then, you do 2 turns, and you add the fraction of turn that separates 2 and 3. And so on…

After you processed your films, a good thing to do is to roll all of your films around a toilet paper roll and tighten them with elastics. Films must be parallel to the paper roll, with the emulsion side towards the outside.

This will curve the films away from the glass of your scanner and avoid the creation of those bloody ‘Newton rings’.

Now. When you make 70mm you have to scan the entire area of the film. Despite all the satisfaction that my digitaliza gives me, it is not suitable for this exercise. A cheap way to get a full scan of your 35mm is to tape them on the 120 scanning mask that came with your scanner.

And if it’s true that the digitaliza does not scan the entire film area, it is still useful when you make 70mm shots with a square Holga. Put the two halves of the frame together at 90° in the digitaliza 120. It’s easy and allows you to scan the two halves together (and therefore avoid scanning variations that occur between the two halves if you scan them separately).

Here are some results with a cross-processed combination of Kodak E100GX and Velvia 100F.

And some ATP 1.1 32 iso processed in ATP DC Developer.

Are you still reading this review?
Probably not.
Because you’re ordering a WPC.
I understand.

written by stouf

24 comments

  1. vicuna

    vicuna

    Excellent review! Thanks @stouf for sharing all this lomographic knowledge! :)

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  2. ahleng90

    ahleng90

    wow!great review sir!

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  3. sushi_9009

    sushi_9009

    Great as always :))

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  4. fash_on

    fash_on

    woo hoo!!!!! now I feel I can take that beast out for shoots at last :))))

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  5. fendyfazeli

    fendyfazeli

    nice article. thanks!

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  6. trw

    trw

    Great article and very helpful information for those of us who are new to pinhole cameras!

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  7. wuxiong

    wuxiong

    Very detailed review and very hard work and very time consuming. To tell the truth, i can't finish the whole writing, but I believe this article deserves more than our usual piggies....<:)

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  8. superlighter

    superlighter

    all you ever whant to know about wpc and never..! thank you @stouf

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  9. elvismartinezsmith

    elvismartinezsmith

    superrrrrrr!

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  10. tveden

    tveden

    Great review, the film combo shots are so cool.

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  11. kdstevens

    kdstevens

    Great job, amigo!

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  12. stouf

    stouf

    Thank you friends !!! @wuxiong : Ahaha thaaaaaaanks ! 8D

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  13. nation_of_pomation

    nation_of_pomation

    This very well written! I want a Holga 120WPC so badly, you have no idea.

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  14. mcrstar

    mcrstar

    Very intresting story, WPC is a great camera

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  15. dearjme

    dearjme

    I agree with @wuxiong! Let's give @stouf more piggies for this amazing textbook worthy article!

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  16. pangmark

    pangmark

    Ah, the legend returns!

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  17. itsdebraanne

    itsdebraanne

    how do you do the double film technique? it;s insanely awesome (:

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  18. jeabzz

    jeabzz

    merci stouf, super article :D

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  19. stouf

    stouf

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  20. itsdebraanne

    itsdebraanne

    oh thanks!! (:

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  21. ihave2pillows

    ihave2pillows

    Oh my god. Thanks heaven for the review and the frame counter!!!

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  22. renrep

    renrep

    Inspiring pictures.

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  23. djramsay

    djramsay

    Thank you, I'm trying mine out for the first time today, this has been really helpful

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  24. lighthouseblues

    lighthouseblues

    Excellent review, thanks a lot for sharing!

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