The Holga is the ultimate junk camera in my opinion. Sure, you could
make a case that the Dick Tracy sucks and no one would say you
were crazy if you picked the Diana or any of its variations. A look
around this website will produce perhaps a dozen more
candidates but I'm sticking with Holga.
Light leaks reach monumental proportions within a Holga. I'll bet if
you took pictures in an abandonded Siberian coal mine
at midnight, your photos would have light leak blobs all over them.
Random vignetting appears and vanishes.
The back falls off even when the camera is sitting on a shelf. The
strap snaps unsnap (say that
five times fast) for no apparent reason. There isn't even the pretense
of a pressure plate and the films spools flop around unless you wedge
them in with some folded up cardboard from a film box.
The 60mm f8 OPTICAL lens has many of the same optical
characteristics of a Schlitz Beer bottle except
the Schlitz Beer bottle is faster.
1. of or involving light or optics
2. of the eye or the sense of sight; optic
3. (of a lens) helping vision
But the Holga produces interesting images. They are odd and dreamy, or
nightmarish depending on your point of view. Even common objects
on a strangeness when passed through the OPTICAL lens. It's a good
choice for doing some November 22nd photography on a dreary sad day in
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