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    should I buy a WOCA or a HOLGA?

    Hi,
    I recently discovered that a toyish camera existst, that does deliver some very moody pictures. When I saw how freakingly cheap they are, I decided to go out and buy one on ebay.
    I did some searching and saw that several types are available. They are all similar priced, so money is no object in this case. I know what I want except for one thing: should I take the glass version, or the plastic one?

    I can understand, that the beauty of the HOLGA is it's cheapness. That's why I will buy one. But off course the glass lens is also a really bad one.
    So what do you guys think?

    I am curious. thanks - sam

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    I tend to like the WOCA's better. But that's just a preference from my own experience.


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    I have one of each and don't have the time to use either.
    I also have a Zone Zero 6x6 pinhole that goes little used.
    Darn, how do I find more free time!!

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    Why don't you buy both and see what you like?
    Because of their cheapness and unstable production,
    each camera has unique properties and you will find
    that even two Holgas are not alike. One could be sharper
    and they will have different light leaks.
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    i guess it depends on what kind of film you use. it seems the woca is 35mm and the holga is MF. can you process medium format film? if so thats the option i would choose. im not sure which will give better results; a low quality glass lense with 35mm or an even lower quality lense but on 6x6. i know someone who uses a holga for ''art'' photography and he's satisfied with it.

    i think the holga could be a good start into medium format. part of the reason its used as an art camera is that its performance as a camera is not consistent. it can give you good looking artistic pictures and does some strange things to your negatives (vignetting, light falloff, light leaks, flares, halos etc etc) but its unpredictable- you lose some negatives in the process. i dont the idea of having a style that depends on random failures of my camera, its nice to have control over your output.

    so i say get one and experiment with it- its a fun toy, but dont grow to depend on it!

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    WOCA's are MF as well. At least those are the only ones I've seen.


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    Thanks for the posts,
    I actually thought the woca is as much a MF as the holga. Can someone second that?
    I only see this camera as a nice addition to my normal very controlled process of making photos.
    So is the woca 35mm?

    And still: glass or plastic?

    Thanks Sam

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    I think WOCAs have a glass lens whereas the Holga has plastic.


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    that's for sure

    But what's recommended?

    plastic because THAT'swhat delivers the trademark stuff.
    or glass because it still has that same feel , but is a better material.

    I will only buy one.

    Sam

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    i was wrong. woca is mf - sorry!

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