Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
Holgas scratch films. Sometimes. Especially if you put more tension on the film.

Since then, in order to try to fix it, I have done:
1. polished the film mask edges, first with a very fine grit sandpaper, and then with a piece of hardwood, to get it absolutely smooth.

They are prone to problems. If you have one that gives you a problem, you are better off tossing it and getting a new one. Repeat until you have a good one.

- Thomas
I agree with polishing the mask rails. That seems to do the trick.

Rather than tossing the camera, I would be more inclined to cannibalize it for parts. They are cheap, plastic parts, but if you are shooting a Holga, you are probably the type to experiment. There have been more than a couple of times where I've where I've eyed my Holga with murderous lust just to obtain some mechanism or piece of housing that I otherwise would have to fabricate.