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Own a Holga WPC? 120 film too expensive to experiment with? Want some super long pano with sprocket holes?

After looking at the camera for a while, I decided to add in a ‘rewind’ knob. I digged my camera graveyard and found a ripped apart Chinese TLR and managed to salvage the film advance knob which I hoped could be easily planted onto the Holga WPC. The problem came when I was trying to make a hole on the underside of the WPC so that I can mount the ‘new rewind knob’. I do not have proper equipments, so I had to make do with a screw driver, a pretty large screw and a pair of scissors. Hahaha. A drill will of course make things easier but I do not have one at home. Anyway … fast forward a little bit and it was done. I attached the rewind knob to the bottom of the WPC using some Selleys Knead It. I found this hand kneadable fast setting epoxy puttyat a DIY store recently and it seems pretty good for such DIY work.

Next headache … finding something to attach to the rewind knob to turn the roll of film during rewind. The rewind knob from the TLR was for 120 film, thus I need something to handle 35mm film. Hmm … back to the camera graveyard and this time I found a ripped apart Gakken Stereo Pinhole camera. Aha!!! I took the small part from the camera where the rewind lever attaches to … and carefully (using Knead It) stick it to part of an empty 120 spool … so that I can make any necessary adjustment to it if I have to.

For those who has used the Holga or the WPC before … you might be wondering how can we use the original film advance knob as the rewind knob, since it only turn in one direction. What I did was that I turned the knob real hard (ouch!) counter-clockwise until all the plastic ‘gears’ inside the knob are broken. It sounds scary but it really ain’t too hard (or heartbreaking). Hahaha. Once you manage to make a few counter-clockwise turns … the knob can now be turned in both directions. Tada~ Ready!

Don’t forget to tape up the 120 film window behind the camera … or else there will be a big time light leak disaster.

written by ndroo


  1. vgzalez


    Wow. Great job and nice results!!

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  2. dogtanian


    i took some 35mm pictures with mt WPC but i had to wait till i got back home so i could take the film out in darkness haha

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  3. cinzinc


    pretty cool!

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  4. stouf


    ndroo rocks the house again ! I'm so excited, I just ordered a WPC !!! I tried it once (my buddy @rater lend his to me) and loooooved it ! I have some 70mm you might like buddy... Anyway, fantastic post !!! : )

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  5. vicuna


    great tister! @stouf: I can imagine what you can do with this cam and 70mm... as you already did with Holga 120... :))

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  6. ramireo


    Sooooo great!

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  7. ishoothorizon


    I have an Xpan and it's a great. I do not understand why you compare a sublime camera with this kind of "photography",...? Maybe because you don't have a Xpan!

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  8. ndroo


    @ishoothorizon : Hahaha! The title was meant to be funny. Not really comparing it to an Xpan. I know what an Xpan can do because I've used one before. :D

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  9. norya


    GREAT article!!!!

    ishoothorizon : the whole content does not imply on any comparison with Xpan.... sorry if i read your comment wrongly.. ... i do not see the point of your comment... : P

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  10. dogma


    Amazing! great work

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