DIY: The $25,000 Holga or Hipstamatic to the Fullest


Have you ever tried mounting your Holga to a digital camera back? Well now you can, and it’s easy to do, if you have USD25,000 to spend. The pros are obvious – you’ll be the coolest and most advanced Hipstamatic user ever. But will you remain a lomographer?

Mike Martens, a photographer from Chicago, has decided to combine his love for toy cameras and high-end digital camera equipment. He thus created his “Holga-cam of the Apocalypse”, a lomographic beast that takes photos with a 22-megapixel resolution.

All it took, according to the creator, were:
1 – Holga 120N camera body (retail: $25)
1 – Phase One P25 Digital Back (retail: $24,000)
1 – Horseman lens board (thus the current name)
1 – Foot of Black Gaff Tape
(Also, a Phase One flex adapter plate, a PC Hot Shoe and Phase One Wake-Up Cable)

Furthermore, according to Mike, it took no cutting of the Holga body – it has been simply disassembled to fit the Phase One digital back.

Unfortunately, Mike Martens prohibited people from downloading pictures from his Flickr profile, unless they acquire the license from Getty Images; however, the results of this USD25,000 beauty can be seen on his official Flickr page

Here is a little teaser from Tumblr:

Most of you will probably think this it is a total waste for a perfectly good USD25,000…I think so too – I can’t even begin to imagine how many rolls of films I can buy with that kind of money. But the idea itself is pretty great, isn’t it?

Source articles:
Cult of Mac
Expert Autonomy
Digital Trends

written by xxxanderrr on 2012-04-16 #news #diy #digital #holga #expensive #holga-cam-of-the-apocalypse #mike-martens


  1. betortita
    betortita ·

    I think it's an interesting way to use 25,000 dollars :S but I dont found it useful :/
    As you said you can do a lot of things with that money and I'm just thinking about photography.
    All I can say is I checked the Flickr space and the pictures does not seem to have the same magic as the ones taken with a "integral" Holga because 2 facts:
    1.There is no body at all = no leaks
    2. digital sensors appear to react differently to the light than film
    but is just my humble opinion :D

  2. xxxanderrr
    xxxanderrr ·

    I agree with you when it comes to light leaks; but the second point.. every holga is different - some have a lot of flaws, some don't at all. Perhaps Mike got one that was built a little better than the other ones

  3. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    It's very easy to download photo at flickr if the user prohibited you. If you use windows, just click tool, then click page info, then click media. Then just search the photo at that page. Btw I rather use film than hipstamatic =D

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