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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Holga Wutt?

What the Foolala is a Holga?!

From Wikipedia

The Holga is an inexpensive, medium format 120 film toy camera, made in China, appreciated for its low-fidelity aesthetic.

The Holga's cheap construction and simple meniscus lens often yields pictures that display vignetting, blur, light leaks, and otherdistortions. The camera's quality problems have become a virtue among some photographers, with Holga photos winning awards and competitions in art and news photography.[3]

History of Holga

The Holga camera was designed by T. M. Lee, and first appeared in 1982 in Hong Kong.[4][5] At the time, 120 rollfilm in black-and-white was the most widely available film in mainland China. The Holga was intended to provide an inexpensive mass-market camera for working-class Chinese in order to record family portraits and events.[6][5]

After the cameras began to be distributed in the West, some photographers took to using the Holga for its surrealistic, impressionistic scenes for landscape, still life, portrait, and especially, street photography. In this respect, the Holga became the successor to the Diana and other toy cameras previously used in such work.

A Holga photograph by David Burnett of former vice-president Al Gore during a campaign appearance earned a top prize in a 2001 White House News Photographers' Association Eyes of History award ceremony.[3]

Recently the Holga has experienced a revival due to the gaining popularity of toy cameras.

Taken from The Massive Guide to all Holga

Back in the day, when things were simple, we had one Holga camera: The Holga 120S. But since then, the range of Holga cameras have increased dramatically, ranging from bizarre Hello Kitty branded point and shoot cameras to even bizarrer stereo 3d cameras.

As Holga are releasing more and more products, especially since their rebrand/relaunch as Holga Inspire, we thought it would be time to take a look through the Holga catalogue, examining exactly what holga products you can buy these days.


Before we head on with the guide, here’s a quick rundown of the holga cameras and what the letters mean, as far as we know! Basically, you should be pretty much able to put any of these letters together and buy that specific camera (i.e, want a glass lense 120 holga with standard,no-color flash, then what you need,sir, is a Holga 120GFN).

SStandard, as in the original Holga 120S
NNew/Normal, means the new standard, the 120S was replaced with the 120N
GGlass, A glass version of the standard plastic Holga lens
FFlash, this means the holga has a flash built in
WWide, for a wide panaoramic holga
CFColor Flash, these letters will always be together, the color flash enables you to change the color on the flash that is built into the holga.
PCPinhole Camera, Anytime you see PC, it means the holga doesn’t have a lense, but a pinhole instead, along with a permanent ‘B’ bulb mode.
BCBent/Black Corners, The standard 135 camera lacks a lot of vignetting, so holga introduced the BC version to ‘bend the corners’ of your photo giving that much loved holga effect.
3DThree Dimensional. Basically, a holga with 2 lenses.
TLRTwin Lens Reflex, a holga with one lens for framing and one for taking the photo.
120Takes 120 Film
135Takes 35mm Film
110Takes 110 Film

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