Holga lens testing


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.

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

Christmas dinner

Christmas is a time I love spending with my family. I realise that I am lucky because a lot of people actually dread spending Christmas with family, a specially when they’re adults and single. I think that one of the reasons I enjoy Christmastime is because nobody asks me if I’ve got a boyfriend yet or if I’ve moved to an actual house or the like. I talk to my direct family during the year so most of them know the status on those things. And more importantly, they don’t care. Nobody ever makes me feel like my life is incomplete and I’m doing something wrong because it is not the same as theirs. We talk about all subjects. And my parents really make the most wonderful Christmas dinners. Five well though out courses that everybody enjoys eating, including the kids (because there are enough different things that there is always something they like).

I took out my pentax dslr again to make some photos. I haven’t been using it a lot because something is wrong with the viewfinder, it is permanently blurry so I can’t manually focus. Always having to use the autofocus can be frustrating. But I took it out because I don’t want to forget how to use it and to try using my flash again. I still suck at using a flash. I had so many dark images where it just refused to go off and I don’t know why. 🙂 So in the end, the best one were the photos where I opened the aperture super wide and hoped the autofocus would grab the point I wanted it to. Unfortunately I am not very steady, so using a slow shutter speed without a tripod isn’t really doable.

A self portrait showing what I look like all dressed up for Chirstmas, since I would be behind the camera for the rest of the evening (some of my family members also took some photos, I might be in those).
Dressed up


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