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Holga 135 BC: The LomoFriend That Won't Let You Down!

Vignette lovers unite! It's made of 100% plastic (body and lens), it supports 35 mm film, it's compact and produces the most drastic vignettes in the LomoWorld! This camera can be your love at first sight if old-school lomo look is what you're going for.

The first thing you should know about this baby Holga is that, as opposed to the regular Holga 135, the Holga 135BC has deeper, more shadowy, absolutely drastic vignette! (BC stands for Black Corners, so you figure)

Photo by mariaratfingers

This camera has what most Lomographic cameras have: two aperture settings (f/8 and f/11), two shutter speeds (1/100 and B), manual adjustable focusing, direct view finder and the possibility of shooting multiple exposures. It also has a socket for shutter release cable and a hot shoe for external flash.

Now, this camera is my first plastic camera and I have to say I couldn’t be happier with my choice. For one thing, it supports 35mm film, which is very important to me since where I live 120 mm film can be very hard to find and quite expensive. So with any cheap regular piece of negative film you can get beautiful pictures, with a very vintage feel to them, which I personally love.

This camera has never failed me so far, since the first roll of film I’ve put through it, the results have been just what I expected!

I have only recently started using slide film and cross-processing it, and I gotta say the Holga 135 BC absolutely rocks with x-pro film!

I also had an old flash lying around here somewhere and when I tried it on my Holga it was a perfect match!

I have only found two limitations to it so far. One is that sometimes I forget that what I’m seeing through the viewfinder is not the actual framing the photo will have, and thus I get some unpleasant surprises, such as missing parts of a person’s body or just the complete disappearance of a person from the photo! But not to worry, one gets used to it in time. The other is that when using slow speed film (say 100 ISO) there needs to be plenty of light in the scene, otherwise the photograph will be just one dark stain.

Other than that, I found the Holga 135BC completely suitable for my beginner Lomographer needs. If you keep in mind these things I told you, it’s the best choice for getting started in the Lomography thrill!

The Holga 135BC will veil your images in mystery. “BC” stands for “Black Corner”, as this camera creates a shadowy vignette in corners of your photos. See this mysterious beauty in our Shop!

written by mariaratfingers

11 comments

  1. itsdebraanne

    itsdebraanne

    i have one. too bad it's used and the shutter doesn't work. wasted a whole roll -___-

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  2. francesco1

    francesco1

    i was thinking about what my next camera would be, and i was searching for a review of this camera! Now i know this is the camera i will get! Thanks for the great review!

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  3. francesco1

    francesco1

    i was thinking about what my next camera would be, and i was searching for a review of this camera! Now i know this is the camera i will get! Thanks for the great review!

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  4. wuxiong

    wuxiong

    It is a great camera that every lomoer should have . I have got 6 of them of different colors and 135 too... <:)

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  5. b0rn2b1ush

    b0rn2b1ush

    i love this camera...

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  6. tomkiddo

    tomkiddo

    holga 135 BC is my first lomo camera and the only one i own so far :)

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  7. isammi

    isammi

    I've got it, and really love its vignettes! I used a xpro chrome film (100 ISO) when I went to the beach last time, and blue colours were fantastics!

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  8. haylomoley

    haylomoley

    and also! be sure to take the lens cover off ! I almost always forget to when I get too caught up

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  9. chucknoz

    chucknoz

    The 135bc is a fantastic all rounder - I bought my gf one, and hardly ever take it out myself as I think it looks strange for me to be using a BRIGHT PINK toy camera. Coupled with a shutter release cable you can have some good fun with it. Cheaper then lomoshop too, around 35GBP on ebay (ship from hong kong though, so be prepared to wait a while). I believe they still ship with colour gels for the flash too. Definite good entry level lomo camera, highly recommended.

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  10. chucknoz

    chucknoz

    The 135bc is a fantastic all rounder - I bought my gf one, and hardly ever take it out myself as I think it looks strange for me to be using a BRIGHT PINK toy camera. Coupled with a shutter release cable you can have some good fun with it. Cheaper then lomoshop too, around 35GBP on ebay (ship from hong kong though, so be prepared to wait a while). I believe they still ship with colour gels for the flash too. Definite good entry level lomo camera, highly recommended.

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  11. 20031991

    20031991

    Holga 135BC was my first camera and yeah what you see on the viewfinder will be different than what will be on the film. Lovely vignetting and probably best for starters. It's probably my favorite among my other cameras(Oktomat,Fisheye 1 and Diana F+) in my possession.

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