Saturday, November 28, 2015

Holga No Longer In The Camera Business

Holga just announced that they have left the camera market. Apparently they have already destroyed the molds. The Holga cameras that have already been distributed are the final ones. No more will be made.

For those who don't know, Holga is a cheap, plastic, medium-format film camera that has been around for almost 35 years, manufactured in China. There have been a handful of different versions made, but they are all similar. The Holga was the unofficial "standard" camera of China.

Eventually the Holga got out of China. Hipsters and "lomographers" loved the camera. It became a good anecdote to digital.

The cheap plastic lens is extraordinarily soft outside of the center and has significant vignetting. The camera isn't sealed well and so light leaks are common. Focus is basically a guess and far from precise. Because of all this you don't know exactly what you are going to get. The images have character.

If you've ever considered buying a Holga camera, now might be the time. I imagine that soon not only will they be harder to find, but they'll also be more expensive.
Horse At Fence - Onyx, California

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