On our Facebook page yesterday I decided to ask the community what camera they most like shooting with apart from their Holga.
It got a great response with over 120 people leaving a comment (and counting…).
I started Googling the cameras that people had written and quickly realised that what this list had become, was an awesome and simple way to find a new camera to buy!
So if you’re looking to change things up and want a new film camera, then check out our status here for a lot of great suggestions:
Thanks to everyone that contributed to the list!
If a few of your friends have picked up Holga cameras this Christmas, you now may be looking to get one yourself.
I see a lot of people asking where the best place is to buy Holga cameras. I always come back with the same answer…eBay.
It seems impossible to find anywhere that can match prices on eBay, as the cameras are usually shipped directly from China, close to the source of where they are manufactured.
I’ve checked out both eBay UK and eBay US and the Holga 120Ns are incredibly cheap on both.
You may have to wait a bit longer than Amazon to get your new camera, but its worth the wait to save you some money. You’ll need this later for processing film!
Remember to check out the feedback of the seller carefully before you buy too. Go for established sellers.
I was checking out my camera collection today and I noticed two things very quickly. Number one was that I have quite a lot of cameras and number two was that a worrying amount of them have never/hardly been used.
So the question I put to myself was, ‘have I collected too many cameras?’
By getting completely wrapped up in the collecting, it seems that I have forgotten about the actual using which is a great shame. I have a Lubitel 166b I’ve only ever burned about 3 films through, a Holga Cat Camera that I’ve never processes a film from and a Diana Mini just sitting on the shelf collecting dust…and that’s just naming three.
If only there were more hours in the day, I’m sure that the majority of cameras would have been used more, but alas, the less boring things in life seem to drain the hours away!
So have I overdone matters, should I have thought about how much free time I have before making so many purchases? It might be a useful thing to ask yourself before you purchase your next camera.
I would love to hear some feedback from the goholga.com community on this one. Do you think you have collected too many cameras, or do you think that every camera you buy is worth it?
Christmas is a very social time of year and that means plenty of opportunities to get photos!
If you want to get the best out of your Holga this festive period then we recommend packing it in your bag whenever possible. You never know when an opportunity to take lots of pictures can arise, so make sure you are ready!
You’ll tend to find that most Christmas parties etc are at night time and don’t have great lighting conditions, so make sure you can use your built-in flash if you have one. If you have the 120N remember you can stick a flash gun on the top. Failing both of these see if you can find some high ASA film, as film with a higher sensitivity needs less light to get a good shot.
Finally, its the end of the year so you should all be looking into how you can start progressing your photography in time for 2013. Make sure you experiment and try something new. You never know it might work out really well. For example you could try a different film type, or try shooting all your photos from the hip!
Have a great Christmas and New Year and we hope you get plenty of memorable photographs from your Holga camera.
We’d like to wish all of you a Happy Holidays and hope you have a pleasant Christmas and New year.
We have had very little time to post on goholga.com over the past 6 – 12months which is a real shame, but hopefully in the new year we will be able to start publishing content again and building the already fantastic community that we have surrounding this site.
We’d love to hear if you have any Holga or lo-fi related gear on your Christmas lists, so please leave a comment!
A few people on the Go Holga Forum asked me to set up a Flickr group this week, and when I went to add one, it turns out it had already been built many moons ago.
If you love using Flickr and want to get involved with our group please click the link and join!
I’m always keen to utilise the amazing fan base that I’ve managed to acquire on Facebook through goholga.com so I thought I’d start a simple discussion…
What’s your favorite film to use with your Holga?
Due to me often picking up film ‘on the go’ I’ve generally stuck to Ilford HP-5 Plus 400 as its still available in most photo shops in the UK. I’ve also dabbled with BW400CN which I found gave some really smooth hues.
I’d love to hear what you guys usually burn. Leave a comment below and let the goholga.com community know!
We’re really pleased to announce a new sponsor for goholga.com.
Holga Direct approached us this week and expressed an interest in sponsoring the site. Their banner is now visible on the right hand side, and we will continue to support them on our social channels too.
Holga Direct stock a range of cameras as well as analogue and digital accessories for the toy camera enthusiast. Check out their product range by visiting their website:
If you are interested in sponsoring the site and getting your brand put in front of thousands of Holga camera enthusiasts, please e-mail us for details.
For a lot of Holga users out there the thought of altering or ‘hacking’ a Holga camera is a scary thought!
Below are 5 helpful rules for anyone thinking of getting surgical with their plastic friend.
1. Make sure you definitely want to do it
Before you start ripping the insides of your Holga out, be sure that you definitely want to do the hack. If you have any doubts leave it for a few days and then come back and check if you still have the same enthusiastic. I remember hacking my Holga years a go and cutting the flash cable to the hotshoe. I really regretted doing that.
Do you own a business that you feel could benefit from being put in front of the Goholga.com audience?
We can offer competitive prices for a slot on the right hand side of our website, which is visible on all pages of the website as well as powerful coverage across our popular social networking profiles.
For further details and prices please e-mail us and we’ll get back to you asap.