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I have bought a Holga lens that fits on the front of any DSLR. It cost £11.99 which included shipping from Hong Kong. Totally manual and it is difficult to see a lot through the viewfinder. Great fun!


I have bought a Holga lens that fits on the front of any DSLR. It cost £11.99 which included shipping from Hong Kong. Totally manual and it is difficult to see a lot through the viewfinder. Great fun!

comments (26)

  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Apr 2012, 06:39
You're just like a little kid, Bill, I can tell. smile It sure makes it look old-timey, before the days of digital.
Bill Phillips: I love it. I have it on my old Pentax now ( I had to get some new batteries) I'm hoping to take a lot more
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Apr 2012, 06:58
Oh gawd: it's Anniebear!!
Bill Phillips: Best £12 quid i ever spent.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Apr 2012, 07:42
inspired by anniedog? Yes, there is a lovely Holga feel of old times -when the world seems to be still in order like on your idyllic´, picturesque picture.
I can convert pics to Holga pics by just one Picasa click- but mostly I return to the original, candid shots.
Bill Phillips: Well yes to be quite truthful and I was curious to use a lens that was designed to produce this sort of image without twiddling. It seems to work best on closer up images where it vignettes more. Great fun
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Apr 2012, 07:56
I noticed you have a great sense of direction. You pointed into the right direction.
This must be fun and for that cost, I think you can afford it grin. A fun toy.
Bill Phillips: Great fun and for £12 you can't really go wrong. I have it on the front of my old Pentax now and am going to play around with the camera settings to try and get the full effect.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 23 Apr 2012, 07:58
This looks like an illustration out of a 1914 book, Bill
Bill Phillips: Droitwich clearly hasn't moved with the times grin
I just hope, that as you walk backwards or forwards to get the best shooting angle, and whilst not seeing a lot through your viewfinder, that uou don't fall in the canal.
Mind you, that would be fun for us and parallel the fun you are having with the lens that was made in some far eastern sweat factory.

Good morning Bill. ;-)
Bill Phillips: At there haven't been reports of workers committing suicide like those churning out the ipad for Apple to sell at extortionate prices. I read a report somewhere that the workers have to sign a form saying that they won't try and kill themselves
Money well spent old boy, your Photography skills have improved immensely thanks to this little device.
Bill Phillips: Worth every penny Chad.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Apr 2012, 08:54
I am guessing that Mrs Dog will be appalled at this willful bypassing of smelly chemicals, hours in the darkroom and the uncertainty that it will come out at all! Go for it!
Bill Phillips: She may never speak to me again :d
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Apr 2012, 09:45
Not bad for £11-99 Bill.
Bill Phillips: Worth every penny for the fun
Reminiscent of my first Agfa camera 35 years back!
Bill Phillips: I remember getting a plastic camera in a box of cereal which was actually worse than this
...or the fake Canon that I bought in Cuba when my Finepix digital broke down.
Bill Phillips: Hahahahahaha!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 23 Apr 2012, 10:10
Please don't use it to much
Bill Phillips: I'll let Chris or Chad Borrow it
I'll take your word for it.
Bill Phillips: It is great fun Mary.
Interesting Bill, I had to google Holga to get an insight.
Bill Phillips: What I will have to start doing is making the images square!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Apr 2012, 13:07
..and the point of it is...? To make photos appear slightly like looking through thin tissue paper?
Bill Phillips: Does everything have to have a point Alan?
This could produce some interesting images, focus apart I like the place you have photographed.
Bill Phillips: The Canal in Droitwich Brian
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Apr 2012, 14:09
Better value than a lensbaby. smile
Bill Phillips: Whatever happened to them? Lensbaby photographs were everywhere and now they seem to have vanished!
It's wonderful to see someone derive such joy from a new toy, Bill. Your excitement is infectious. Very nice result, too.
Bill Phillips: It is great fun Beverly and I think I'm going to see what sort of results I can get in b&w!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Apr 2012, 15:00
Despite my long absence from SC I feel compelled to comment! A Holga lens for a DSLR is a travesty - completely misses the point of the Holga, which is the delight in using a piece of rubbish plastic kit to produce images with atmosphere and mystery. All this seems to do is make the image a bit blurry round the edges. Where are the light leaks, the strange colour combinations, the sense of looking through the wrong end of a telescope?! The beauty of the Holga is that it uses film and embraces the serendipitous moment. Take that away and all you have is a poor man's Hipstamatic!

PS Still love you!
Bill Phillips: Hehehehe! Early days yet Ingrid. The biggest problem is the DSLR sensor's desire to do a good job even with a piece of plastic on the front. The series this week was taken on my current camera but I now have the lens on my old one and am going to experiment with the settings of the camera to see what I get. In theory, if the lens is a genuine Holga, and the name is embossed on the lens cap and printed on the lens, then it should be able to produce strange images with a little care. The one thing it can't do is light leaks.

Anyway it is all your fault because i liked your Holga pictures so wanted to see if this would give something similar. Not there yet by a long way but time will tell.

PS Still love you too grin
I really like the effect Bill!
Bill Phillips: It has potential Richard!
But look at the results that you got for your £11.99 Bill... it softens this scene turning it into a dream....petersmile
Bill Phillips: It has capabilities as a famous landscape gardener used to say
Being totally non-technical, this is all well over my head.
Bill Phillips: mine too Graeme
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Apr 2012, 23:16
Add some unpredictability to your photos with this plastic lens with the same design as the famed Holga toy cameras.
Bill Phillips: I haven't got the hang of it yet....wydsya mean obviously?
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Apr 2012, 11:02
Does it have a money back guarantee, Bill?
Bill Phillips: Sadly no
Bloody hell, the best thing you have ever done.Ps i still love you too.
Bill Phillips: And i love you to . hope you had a good time in Malta
Pretty interesting effect!!
Bill Phillips: It is fun

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