Holga Wide Pinhole Camera Considered


All things considered, the Holga WPC can be a great addition to your Lomographic arsenals.

Enter the Holga Wide Pinhole Camera (WPC). This can provide a wide panoramic at 120 degrees. It comes with masks for both 6×7 cm or 6×9 cm images. I’ve tried shooting without the mask and I was able to extend the panoramic view. Whoo-hoo!

Endemic to all Holga cameras is their propensity to allow light leaks. Some love the leaks. Others hate them. If you prefer not to have light leaks, you can always flock the inside of the camera. There is a lot of instructional materials in the internet concerning flocking your Holga.

The camera is designed to use 120 size film roll but I’ve seen images using 35mm films with slight modification. It also comes with a bubble level, which can be useful for those demanding perfectly straight horizon.

I also like that there it has a tripod thread, which is nice for very long exposures, although I’ve taken shots by just holding the camera down to the ground and have produced relatively sharp images. There is a myth about pinhole cameras that they only produce dreamy and fuzzy images. Obviously, this is not true. (Check out my images.)

The camera is made of plastic. I never thought how beneficial this would be until mine got wet while taking a long exposure of the tide at the beach. No problem there. I just wiped it dry and it continued to work. Later on, when I came home I did swab the shutter and the pinhole with alcohol swipes to prevent corrosion. I think the pinhole and shutter are made of metallic material.

The camera features a cable release threaded shutter release button. I prefer to leave my Holga cable release in it. It comes in handy when you want to include yourself in the shot.

So you ask, “Why try pinhole?” For one thing, focusing is not required. A big plus for myopic lomographers like me. It also offers nearly unlimited depth of field so I don’t have to worry about setting the aperture. It only has one – about 0.3mm or f/135.

All things considered, the Holga WPC can be a great addition to your Lomographic arsenals.

written by juznobsrvr on 2010-08-27 #gear #pinhole #medium-format #wide-angle #black-and-white #review #long-exposure #panorama #holga-wpc #120-roll #fujifilm-neopan-acros-100 #self-developed


  1. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    great to see these awsome photos here in this article!

  2. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    wonderful images! tempted to buy one!

  3. dogtanian
    dogtanian ·

    i love my Holga WPC!! they're amazing

  4. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    You're right, a fantastic camera! Great shots!
    @superlighter: you really should get one and you won't regret it!

  5. leela_dark
    leela_dark ·

    this camera is amazing, I wish I had one. Love your impressive shots!

  6. singleelderly
    singleelderly ·

    Your shots are great! : D
    I love this camera too!
    Just wanna share some of my photos. Wish you like them~

  7. dogma
    dogma ·

    Impressing shots! love this camera!

  8. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    love them!

  9. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    great pictures

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