Holga lens testing

Shoes

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.)

Watertoren

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.

Train window

Train window

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.

Close up self

close up self

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:

Thor bothering Fury

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!

Nick Fury

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.

Split selfie Split watertoren

Split Mustache

Split street

Split straatweg

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Several analog pictures

A random collection of photos that were not beach related from my Holga roll. (See the beach ones here.)

Sun going down

I had taken the Holga with me to the Efteling with friends, sadly due to terrible light leaks most of the photos were not usable. But I do have this gem, of which I am not actually sure I took it that day or some other time. But I know I used my Diana flash for it! Look at these two cuties that I get to call my friends.

Cuties

My beloved native Utrecht:

Dom

Light

See more of my photos on My Flickr account.

Holga photos of the beach

Remember when I went to the beach with my parents on the second day of Christmas? Yeah. It’s a long while ago. But in addition to the digital photos I took I had also brought my Holga.

My parents Paws

The film I shot on was Agfaphoto vista 400, which was my last roll of that film and I will not be buying it again. I find that I like other colour films that I’ve used a lot more. Though in this case the fault was also mine since I left the roll in for a very long time, and I messed up while rewinding, getting confused and unwind again before rewinding. But on to the photos!

Seagulls

Gull

I’m also still working on how my scanner reads the colours, it’s always good, but sometimes rescanning with the same settings gets me a different result.

Cyclist

Doggie

Footsteps

The last includes the shoulder of my friend Anne, because I thought I still had a frame left when I didn’t 🙂

Took my Holga on a trip

Tree

In the window

First I snapped some shots of things in my neighbourhood, like this blossom tree and the display window of an optician.
But the rest of the film roll is taken up with photos from the Nerdfighter Gathering in Antwerp that I went to. Originally it was a film roll of 24 frames, but for some reason at the lab I got it developed they cut off the roll halfway in frame 17. So whatever was behind that is lost to me, which sucks. It was my first time with this film, Agfaphoto vista 400, and I think I like the results I had with the lomography film in this camera better. Still, there are some nice photos. 🙂

Anne

Looking down

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