Holga cameras were introduced in China in 1982 to make photography ‘available to the masses’. There are now various forms of the camera – 120, 35mm, panoramic, twin lens…every single one an absolute piece of shit, but as I’m always preaching “It’s not the camera that makes a good photo…”
I have the Holga 120 GCFN, it has a glass lens, rather than the ‘classic’ plastic version. It has two f stops, f8 and f11(?) and one shutter speed, 1/80th second, there is also a B setting. The GCFN also has a rather funky multi coloured flash. And that’s it, all wrapped-up in the flimsiest plastic body that would make a Fisher-Price toy camera look like a hand-made Leica.
Having said all that, I was a bit disappointed with my Holga when I got my first batch of films back, the quality was TOO good! Where was all that famous distortion and blurring? I must admit, I felt a bit cheated!
Look at these shots, all taken on Kodak Portra 400, especially the portraits and then claim you can’t afford to shoot medium format. A holga GCFN cost less than £25, brand new. The glass lens has a definite ‘sweet-spot’ where the focus is very sharp.
I don’t shoot with the Holga very often, but when I do, I love the results.
I’ve done nothing to these shots, they are all ‘raw’ out of the scanner. All files are about 1.2mb. Scanned in an Epson V700.