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    Holga 6x6 Mask

    The Holga I got many years ago in a Calumet in Cambridge, MA, only came with a 6x4.5 mask. The only way to do 6x6 is to remove it completely.

    - Can I mod a 6x6 mask? Considering the solid bevel design, it doesn't seem that easy.
    - Can I (shudder) buy one?
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    Isn't that the way to do 6x6 in the Holga, not use a mask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q.G. View Post
    Isn't that the way to do 6x6 in the Holga, not use a mask?
    I've read that Holgas (now) come with 6x6 masks as well.
    I am just concerned about scratching the film, flatness and light leaks. I know, I know, its an Holga, but I love the look with the 6x4.5 mask and would like a certain dose of stability.
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    My holga came with a 6x6 mask and if/when I remove it I get sort of a pano frame which blends into the next frame.

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    Mine came with a 6x4.5 mask only too. I got the 6x6 mask off eBay from Hong Kong. It was incredible cheap, had free shipping and arrived far faster than I thought it might. It came with a new camera back aswell. Not sure why as the old and new back were identical.

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    Mine came with the 4,5x6 mask only as well. Remowing it to shoot 6X6 proved no problem in this case. In theory the focus should be a bit off but I have not had that problem in practice. The 4,5X6 mask can be cut to make a 6X6 mask, in fact I have seen that mentioned somewhere (toycamera.com?)
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    So, my Holga is the 120S, the original one, which misses some luxuries.
    The updated 120N has the 6x6 mask and other useful stuff like tripod mount and bulb exposure.
    I found one in EBay for a good price (23 US bucks and free shipping) so I can continue my lomo fun with less trouble.
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    I prefer not to use the mask. In fact, I found the focus to be better without the mask. I just put electrical tape over the edges at each side to protect from film scratches and cover the slots that leak light onto adjacent frames.

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    It's funny--the mask totally destroys the ambiance of a regular Holga (IMHO). However, conversely it works quite well with the Holga Stereo camera...the traditional soft borders don't really add anything to the 3-D effect.

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    Can you guys post examples of a 6x6 image with another without the mask?
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