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Tipster of the Week: It Fits Perfectly!

We Lomographers always shiver whenever we hear this acronym: SLR. It's a big and heavy chunk of a camera that boasts precision and control. Maybe by now, out of disgust, you’re so ready to run away from here. But not after you read this week’s Tipster and for sure, you’ll realise it’s not that bad after all!

Homemade Holga Lens SLR Adaptor by stouf

Steps to adapt a Holga lens on a SLR body. Easy, cheap and very rewarding!

Last time, I was jealous of the Diana splitzer so I made a crappy copy of it . Then I got jealous again, but for the Diana lens SLR adaptor. So again, I made a crappy copy of it, for Holga lenses.

First of all, you’ll need a modified Holga lens so that you have the true “cloud” and “sun” apertures. It’s quite important, as you’ll see later. Second, you’ll also need a diopter correction lens, as the one provided when you buy a Polaroid back. Without this corrector, you’ll have a macro Holga-SLR (which is already not bad), and with it fitted on your Holga lens, you’ll be able to shoot distant objects and landscapes.

What you need to build a Holga lens SLR adaptor:
- A modified Holga lens
- A SLR body. I used my Canon F1n
- A diopter
- Some thick cardboard
- Duct tape and electrical tape
- A good blade

Following the gallery by picture number, here are the steps:

1. Unscrew your Holga lens from its body
2. Cut out the two plastic columns in which the screws used to fix the lens on the body where going
3. Remove the pin used to put the flash ON
4. Cut some squares in the cardboard, with the dimensions of the Holga lens basis
5. Empty these squares by cutting a smaller square inside of them. You’ll end up with small frames that have the same dimensions as the Holga lens basis
6. After removing the flash button and the trigger (the one you press down to take a picture), fill the gaps with small pieces of cardboard to make the lens lightproof
7. This is the part where you have to test your lens by just holding it in front of your SLR body. Look through your SLR viewfinder and determine the correct distance by adding cardboard frames between the Holga lens and the SLR body. I needed three of these frames to have a sharp image in my viewfinder.
8. Once you’ve determined the correct number of cardboard frames, stick them definitely to your lens with duct tape.
9. The lens and the diopter next to it
10. The lens with the diopter on it
11. The last step is to simply tape your Holga lens on your SLR body with electrical tape
12. A Holga lens fitted on a Canon F1n body.
13. Without the diopter, you have a macro setting
14. With the diopter, you can shoot distant objects.
15. On the cloud setting, as you have a bigger aperture, your shots are less sharp and you get a beautiful dreamy fog
16. On the sun setting, enjoy the sharpness due to the smaller aperture.

This is it! I hope you enjoyed the rest of the gallery!

written by stouf


  1. afd_lsi


    What a great job! The best SLR adpator so far!

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  2. jeabzz


    great job indeed!!

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  3. dogma


    WoW great tipster! gone tyr it out :)

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  4. lomosexual_manboy


    You've done it again Stouf. In Cod we trust-ed, haha. In Stouf we trust.

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  5. breakphreak


    the link doesn't work
    thanks for the tip and Happy New Year, friend :)

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  6. comezone


    wow #18 is amazing. great work man! congrats!

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  7. vicuna


    Oh man, that's a fantastic tipster!!! You're really the Mr Bricolage of Lomography!! Love specially the macro shots... :)) Congrats l'ami Stouf! :)

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  8. satomi


    wow! great tip! you are so crafty!

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  9. ndroo


    Amazing! Well done and great tipster.

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  10. nural


    Jealous works great for you :)))

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  11. stouf


    Hoooo !!! Thanks a lot friends for your very kind comments !!! You all make me so happy ! And sorry the first gallery is a mess... Not my fault though...

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  12. ipdegirl


    This is genius. I'm going to give it a try for sure. I love macro so I'm totally excited!!

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  13. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-


    I like this

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  14. robotmonkey1996


    MUST... GO.. TO.. PAWN SHOP!!!!!

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  15. doctorsprocket


    cool idea! i had the same but i think i prefer buying this thingey http://www.holgacame(…)amera-hl-c/

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