I’ve had my Holga 135 for a while and it is a nice toy camera, so I wanted to do more with it. There are some accessories for Holgas that give you more options as a photographer and I got myself a couple of them.
I had ordered the Holga close up lens set and the wide angle lens and I was excited to start trying them out when I got them. When I opened the package however, it seemed there had been made a mistake and instead of getting the close up lenses I got the prisma lenses that would split the image. Not having a way of using those and them not being what I’d ordered I emailed Lomography.com (where I had ordered them from) with this conundrum. They gave a really fast reply that the correct lenses were on their way to me and that I wouldn’t have to return the wrong ones. Good customer service is good! When the close up lenses arrived they had also given me a free mount for the prisma lenses so I could use them as well.
I put Fuji Superia 200 film (that had expired in 2012) in my Holga and went on to try all my new lenses. I was a little worried about using 200 iso film while my Holga hasn’t got a light meter and can generally do better with 400 iso film, but I just thought I would use the B setting a little more and leave the shutter open a bit longer. I am quite unsteady however and that means I can’t actually use the B setting without the camera being on a tripod or a flat surface, unless I don’t mind having blurry shots. Thankfully it turns out that the wide angle lens actually picks up a bit more light so that helped. (See the shoes at the top of this post.)
I put the Holga on my gorillapod with the wide angle lens on and aimed it at the train window when I was returning home after a late shift at work.
Next up I tried out the close up lenses! There are three in the set which have a focal distance of 500 mm, 250 mm and 120 mm. The only way of making sure your subject is in focus is by having it at exactly that distance, which is really hard!
I took some selfies with the 500 mm lens and the diana bulb flash.
I think I look really nice in them, but I could have gotten the focus better.
Of course, I managed it better than with the 250 mm lens:
Yeah, I was trying to have Lego Thor be in focus. Oops.
But when I got to the 120 mm lens I did not fail!
Look at the detail on Lego Director Fury!
I also tried out the split lenses that I had gotten by accident. I think some are a little off because the subject (myself) was closer to the camera then what works best for the splitting.