Yeah, a back that won't close and focus that's out is not a good introduction to medium format. I paid $150 for my Yashicamat 124. Better introduction to MF IMHO.
The actual back closes and locks fine, it even has a small latch that needs to be held in to rotate the lock, which is a feature even my rollei lacks.
For the cost of 'almost nothing' I have gotten more out of it than I paid for it.
Good design on paper, could be good if made well, bad camera because they weren't made well.
A vote for the Kodak 35
Holga, spawn of satan. Those cheesy, easily bent tin clips that hold the back on also attach to the neck strap so when (and they will) the clip gives out you also get to experience your camera falling open at your feet and your film rolling off into the sunset. I have left my share of broken Holgas in trash cans in some very scenic areas.
Those new 617 format Holgas are sure tempting, but I'll resist.
Maybe the latest cool accessory will be a big rubber band to hold it together- and it will cost a mere 10 bucks.
Rapid Omegas 100's and 200's
In theory..they should be GREAT..interchangable lenses..rangefinder focusing.. even swapping film backs on the 200 (right??)
but man..what a clunky system that always felt like it was about to fall apart
and that ratcheting that film deal.. it got stck more times than not
I'd still like to have a 200 with a 58 & finder..but.. oy
Except photographers' vests!:)