Vignette lovers unite! It’s made of 100% plastic (body and lens), it supports 35 mm film, it’s compact and produces the most drastic vignettes in the LomoWorld! This camera can be your love at first sight if old-school lomo look is what you’re going for.
The first thing you should know about this baby Holga is that, as opposed to the regular Holga 135, the Holga 135BC has deeper, more shadowy, absolutely drastic vignette! (BC stands for Black Corners, so you figure)
This camera has what most Lomographic cameras have: two aperture settings (f/8 and f/11), two shutter speeds (1/100 and B), manual adjustable focusing, direct view finder and the possibility of shooting multiple exposures. It also has a socket for shutter release cable and a hot shoe for external flash.
Now, this camera is my first plastic camera and I have to say I couldn’t be happier with my choice. For one thing, it supports 35mm film, which is very important to me since where I live 120 mm film can be very hard to find and quite expensive. So with any cheap regular piece of negative film you can get beautiful pictures, with a very vintage feel to them, which I personally love.
This camera has never failed me so far, since the first roll of film I’ve put through it, the results have been just what I expected!
I have only recently started using slide film and cross-processing it, and I gotta say the Holga 135 BC absolutely rocks with x-pro film!
I also had an old flash lying around here somewhere and when I tried it on my Holga it was a perfect match!
I have only found two limitations to it so far. One is that sometimes I forget that what I’m seeing through the viewfinder is not the actual framing the photo will have, and thus I get some unpleasant surprises, such as missing parts of a person’s body or just the complete disappearance of a person from the photo! But not to worry, one gets used to it in time. The other is that when using slow speed film (say 100 ISO) there needs to be plenty of light in the scene, otherwise the photograph will be just one dark stain.
Other than that, I found the Holga 135BC completely suitable for my beginner Lomographer needs. If you keep in mind these things I told you, it’s the best choice for getting started in the Lomography thrill!