It's up to you
The choice really is one of personal preference. I like the Holga
because the plastic lens offered more opportunity for distortion when I compared the two. I also thought it fit my idea of a toy camera better.
Personally, I like my Holga. I have one light leak I don't like (I think from the window on the back) but not many others. I wish it vignetted a bit more than it does, too. I can probably put something inside to do that, though. I just usually think of it once it's loaded. I've never seen a woca, though. The Holga is only about $17 new, though. I think I paid $21 with shipping.
Why not pick up an old Box Brownie for $1? The lens is almost as bad and they leak less.
seems the holga is in favore here. Seems a bit strange tough to buy something worse for the same mooney, allthough I understand worse is not worse in this case. Worse is maybe even better.
Anyone here that would give avote for the Woca?
I have a woca, but I haven't had any time to run any film through it. Not that that helps any.
But it was recomended to me over the holga.
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I was in the same spot as you...glass or plastic ? In the end, I asked myself why would I want a glass lens in a toy camera ? The plastic lens is what gives the Holga it's look.
Having said that, I think the quality of the cameras varies because my Holga doesn't vignette a heck of a lot, at least not compared to other Holgas and I'm not inclined to "hand of god" the prints to create that look. I even missed out on the joy of taping the camera up although it was a cheap thrill "breaking" the lens.
I second the Brownie for fuzzy shots. Mine does not vignette, but it sure has a crappy lens that looks great on color slide film.
Originally Posted by DBP
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, Vol. 1 (8 Jan. 1819): 8-29. p. 11
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Originally Posted by papagene
When you come to a fork in the road, take it...
I've got both. WOCA is fun - don't let the glass lens fool you, mine is still pretty crummy - but in a good way. Get all the fun vignetting and a nice light leak for added enjoyment - no taping here.
Originally Posted by game
HOLGA is also fun - scuffed up the lens for fun. good vignetting - no horrific light leaks yet.
I also have a box brownie. It's also good clean toy fun, but in a class of it's own.
Take your pick; if the first one's not to your liking, go back and buy another, and another and another until you find one that works for you.
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I'll keep that Box Brownie in mind, but I choose the woco/holga. I liked it instantly, it costs nothing, I don't feel like diving into the whole toy camera world and try to find the 'best' toy camera.
I believe the Box Brownie uses some exotic film, which I don't like to.
Anyway, I decided on a holga instead of a Woco. I might buy a woca as well if the seller can combine hipping in a nice way.
But I'd really think i'd be nice to keep this topic running for a while. I still am not completally sure why one would take glass...
And what other toy cameras are out there that someone would favor over a holga? I heard the Box Brownie, does everyone agrees on that?
Well, thanks for posting so far, and hopefully some more posts will follow.
All the best - Sam.