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    In the winter I'll grab it and take it out on the coldest of days...the plastic doesn't make my hands and fingers freeze. That and it weighs nothing all...

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    I find the holga to be a tool to use when a "distorted" or "dreamy" look seems suitable. I find it very useful for old things, especially buildings. Industrial subjects work great too. When printing, using heavy sepia toning or lith printing can result in beautiful prints. Alot of times I'll throw my holga in my bag along with my Mamiya 6 (real camera) and Bronica RF645 (also real camera... haha) and then I have a nice 3 medium format camera system all in one bag. Adding the holga doesn't add any weight either! Take it along more often and you'll find subjects that just scream HOLGA!

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    Let's see, if I were going to Pamplona to take some pics of the bull running carnival, should I take my $20 Holga, or a very expensive (fill in your choice) HassleBlad, Rollei, Leica, or some other giga-buck camera/system? Well, this choice is easy for me, as I dont have any of the mentioned high dollar cams, but I DO have a couple of Holgas. I dont plan on visiting Pamplona any time soon either, but if I were, I am ready camera-wise. It never hurts to have a genuine Optical Lens at your disposal, I always say. I hope this helps someone.

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    better bring rubber bands for the film back when one of those bulls sends you flying thru the air or you need to defend yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian steinberger View Post
    I find the holga to be a tool to use when a "distorted" or "dreamy" look seems suitable. I find it very useful for old things, especially buildings. Industrial subjects work great too. When printing, using heavy sepia toning or lith printing can result in beautiful prints.
    Amen to all of that, as I've done pretty much everything you've described and agree with you completely. I've discovered many ways that both the Holga and the Diana really take a lot of the conventions of "normal" photography and just throw them out the window. I've recently been shooting in Santa Monica at the Arlington West exhibition that's erected every Sunday on the beach, and my Holga has been producing images in a context that digital just cannot do...not without hours of work in Photoshop, anyway.

    One of the things that plastic cameras can do for the photographer is relieve them of the burdens that too much technology can bring about. I personally feel that a weight has been lifted from my shoulders whenever I put my DSLR down and pick up one of my beloved little plastic hunks of junk, and it has nothing to do with how much the cameras physically weigh.

    Holgas can also produce some really great portraits, under the right circumstances. About a year ago, I did a shoot for a local band here in L.A. I shot digital, color film (crossed), and B&W Holga...and they went absolutely bonkers over the Holga material. Go figure.

    Considering that plastic cameras can do all of this stuff and more, I think the moniker of "real camera" applies just fine to these little buggers, thank you very much.

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    Define 'real' camera....

    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
    Title says it all.
    Tell some pinholers they aren't using a real camera.
    camera = dark box w/ a lens

    Granted, toy cameras may fail the definition at the point of 'dark box', but they're close enough.

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    Considering all a thing needs to be a real camera is to be a light tight box......Well hell........Ummmmm.......Damn, that crosses the Holga off the real camera list.

    Marko, shoot what you want, when you want. It is that simple. Whatever camera you have at the time is the right camera for the job. SO the answer is..(Drum roll please)...If a Holga is what you got at the moment you want to take a shot, then it is the right camera for the job. If you are skipping shots because of the camera you have at the time, then you need to either rethink why you carry that camera at all or change your mindset.
    Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI

    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004

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    I got some strange effects by smearing a wee bit of Vaseline on a UV filter.
    Used an old Nikon Fm & 50mm lens. Fun for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgcull View Post
    Take a look at Jersey Vic's holga work. Beautiful stuff! It will make you ask the same question rkmiec did. It's the same thought I had (though I know what you mean).

    http://www.vmilin.com/
    I like the bit at the end when Jersey Vic says: A Holga, if it was any more analogue, you'd need a chisel. I smile every time I read it. If that's New Jersey humour then it carries across the Atlantic perfectly.

    pentaxuser

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    Check out http://www.toycamera.com. Go to the galleries and you'll be able to see many holga images. There are also many helpful articles.

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