Holga type filter

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  1. Hughjb

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    I'm trying to figure out what will mimic a "Holga look" but on a digital camera, in other words a filter for my lens.

    Any ideas?
     
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    If you're shooting with a DSLR, just get a cheap UV filter and lightly smear Vaseline on the perimeter of the filter...that'll take care of the "sweet spot". Actually, if you stacked two or three of those filters you could sort of re-create the Holga's vignetting. It of course would be circular, whereas the Holga's is irregular. However, as far as the light leaks issue goes...short of breaking the camera, I don't see how you're gonna accomplish that.

    Of course, you could accomplish the same thing by simply using a Holga in the first place...
     
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    Actually I have use a Holga for a while, light the look of the image but the leaks I can do without, just a personal preference.
     
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    Not really a topic appropriate for these forums
    There's probably a gazillion and one plugins for photoshop.
     
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    If you are after the HOLGA look, then chuck the digiblah and buy a Holga. We dont live on the Starship Enterprise, AND WE DONT HAVE A REPLICATOR.
    Rick
     
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    Beam me up Scottie....
     
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    To put things into perspective again: Hughib is looking for a filter that mimmics the Holga look, period.
    Getting one or two cheap UV filters and some experimenting could give you some nice results, shooting wide open ofcourse.

    I would stay away from Vaseline as it gets everywhere where you don't want to have it.
    Try some clear-coat with a little bit of baby-powder and leave the center part of the filter clear.
    Cokin (used to) make a filter with a clear center hole and whitetish surroundings, sorry I don't have the number.
    Even some ladies panty-hose over the filter (don't forget the hole) could do something nice.

    All this can be used for any 35mm and MF camera, even LF if you are bored enough.

    Peter
     
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    Thanks Peter, I'm actually in the process of mounting a Holgalens on a Linhoff board, hopefully that won't upset anybody!
     
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    I think you can get EOS/Nikon mount Holga lenses at Holgamods.
     
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    BY the way, using insulation tape stops all leaks ...except through the viewfinder when the sun is behind you. Added benefit is that it holds the back on! As for filters I have to say that you will struggle. It is not only the blur towards the edges but aso the distortion and vignetting in the lens that makes the mood...Would love to see what you end up with. K
     
  11. Hughjb

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    Marko, at some point I got tired of my Holga and decided to mount the lens on a Nikon cap, which I believe is what the fellow at Holgamods does, problem with that setup is that the film is just a notch to far from the film plane and is very hard to focus the way you would with a regular lens.