Mark produces some beautiful stuff with the Plungercam, but it's got to be the priciest toy camera out there--a $250 Rodenstock loupe attached to a Hassy (focal plane shutter) body with a rubber gasket. He's also done something involving a lot of duct tape and an Ebony 4x5".
I'm with you on the whole Holga thing. The first time I used mine I couldn't wipe the grin off my face! The main problem with mine is that the film doesn't wind onto the spool evenly, resulting in fogging, so I have to carry a changing bag around with me and unload the film into it, then keep it in there until I'm able to load it onto the dev spiral. Bit fiddly, but worth it for the fun element.
I'd already been doing something similar to Mark Tucker's work with the Plungercam years ago and didn't realize I was an artist.
I found a Spiratone Portragon 100/4 fixed aperture, single element lens, very primitive with heavy spherical aberration. The concept is identical to the Plungercam, except it's ready made with a focusable helical.
Great effect for the right kinds of images. You can get the same effect by mounting a close up diopter onto a macro bellows, which enables focusing to infinity.
Spiratone advertised it as an option for soft focus portraiture but I prefer it for still lifes and landscapes.
The buckets photo in my personal folder ("Study in Gray") was taken with the Portragon.
I haven't shot with my Holga in awhile, but I did grab a disposable B&W camera at a drugstore during a recent biz trip to Phoenix. They don't get stormy weather all that often there, and I caught the tail end of it, with no camera in sight. I was surprised with the shot I just posted in the non-gallery section. It was printed straight and basically uncropped -- just had to bump up the contrast.
I've been fooling around with what amounts to a variation on the Plungercam theme using an old Wollensack enlarging lens in a black plastic bag (from 5x7 paper), with a T-mount adapter. I handhold the lens to get the desired effect. More practical for closeups than normal distances.
All I lack is the artistry. Anybody know where I can get some?
I processed the film last night, the negs look great, all but 1 shot are in focus (enough for a holga) and I'll try printing some of them this weekend, who knows maybe this will be the one roll in a holga in New York portfolio... lol