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    A couple of weeks ago, I gave Shangai GP3 a try in one of my Holgas. The result was also frustrating like with the Fomapans. The scratches are all over and along the film. I developed it in HC-110 and the negative looks quite nice. Perhaps, I will try another roll of GP3 more carefully, but I see another cheap film useless for 120 Holgas.

    Up to the moment, 400TX, Acros, HP5+ and FP4 are the films that work without scratches in my 2 Holga GNs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    Holgas scratch films. Sometimes. Especially if you put more tension on the film.
    I believe the OP was talking about adding pressure to the sides of the take-up spool in order to prevent the "fat roll" problem.
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    It does not help,I admit, but just today I saw an Unhappy Post on a local auction site from a discontented buyer who was upset by the relative sharpness,and lack of vignetting of their Holga camera, and wondered if they had a faulty copy..

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    So it would seem that unless you are very careful or lucky a Holga scratches film! I wonder how long Simon Galley could pay his mortgage if his company sold film that had a similar fault rate?

    Perhaps Ford, General Motors etc could try putting some fun back into motoring by selling vehicles that reminded people of the early days of motoring when breakdowns were part of the fun!!


    I confess to being perplexed about the thrill of Holgas

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    Quote Originally Posted by pentaxuser View Post
    I confess to being perplexed about the thrill of Holgas
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    It can be a more primitive experience, especially for those that are used to exacting exposure/development techniques. For me, it's a nice break from large format... limited controls allow you to work faster, and concentrate on only the image. I do prefer Dianas, though.

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    they are just kinda fun...LOL. I love mine, it has just the right effect for me. I hear that many times the masks scratch film and that a fingernail file/emery board is a good idea and a good de-dust of it then after file job to clean it out. It is a fun camera to toss about and not worry about too much. For $24 I've always been happy with mine. I have to push like 2 stops typically but I just keep that in mind. Here are a few old shots from mine:

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    I once had a cheap 120 TLR camera, not a Holga. The first roll of film had scratches going the entire length of the negatives. It was then that I discovered a burr in the metal of the frame mask. I wrapped the two ends of the mask with black electrical tape. Then shot a new roll, no scratches.

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    Did the camera get warm at all from the sun? Electrical tape adhesive has a tendency to turn into a sticky mess at slightly warmer temperatures. I'd be hesitant to put it anywhere where something rubs against it. Maybe this is getting on the film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjbuzzclick View Post
    Did the camera get warm at all from the sun? Electrical tape adhesive has a tendency to turn into a sticky mess at slightly warmer temperatures. I'd be hesitant to put it anywhere where something rubs against it. Maybe this is getting on the film.
    I use electrical tape in almost all my Holgas and I have never had a stickiness problem, even out here in Southern California where it gets *HOT* during the summer. I shot some great stuff at the Coachella festival a number of years ago that I ended up cross-processing--no stickiness, even though it was over 100 degrees there that day.

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    A little bit of sanding with a very fine paper and polishing is all that is needed

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