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Holga 120 Close-ups

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There are two ways to do this- one is to use a magnifying glass and the other is to use the close up lens off the Diana+ camera accessories. As you can see from the pictures, the close up lens will just slot straight on to the front of your camera but the magnifying glass will need some modification using the trusty masking tape. You will need to find the focusing distance of whichever method you chose to use, although I found both are around 15cm from the subject.

I’ve found plants to be a good thing to use this effect with as parts of the photo will always be in focus. I really like this close up effect as you still get all same Holga traits such as vignetting, but you also get a kind of tunnel vision lens look similar to the lens for LC-A. And if you accidentally use the wrong lens in the enlarger as I did for some of the prints, anything that’s out of focus get a weird spiral blur look, it’s a good mistake! And there’s no need to worry about any parts of your subject being out of focus because they will still look great!

I used Fuji Neopan 400 for the gallery.

written by dogtanian

15 comments

  1. stouf

    stouf

    Lovely ! Congrats !

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  2. makeyuu

    makeyuu

    cool. im gonna try this when the sun comes out.

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  3. vicuna

    vicuna

    great tip & great shots!!

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  4. monoflow

    monoflow

    nice tip! gona try it

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  5. mandashitley

    mandashitley

    fabulous

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  6. mephisto19

    mephisto19

    great idea! love the results

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  7. breakphreak

    breakphreak

    "good shots" - says it all

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  8. olique

    olique

    wonderfull pics!!!

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  9. jroberts

    Very nice, thank you!

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  10. jroberts

    Oh, btw, which focus did you put the holga lens on before putting the close-up on?

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  11. dogtanian

    dogtanian

    @jroberts oh yeah good point! i put it on the infinity setting, although im in the understanding that i works both ways

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  12. life_on_mars

    life_on_mars

    great tip & great shots!!

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  13. yoscolmi

    yoscolmi

    wow! great gallery!

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  14. altprocess

    altprocess

    I love shooting Holga macro shots. I screwed in a 46mm step up ring to the Holga lens and then use 46mm close up lenses that screw right into the step up ring. (By the way screwing in the step up ring to the front of the Holga is NOT as easy as various websites suggest.)

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  15. paramir

    paramir

    great gallery!

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