Forums > Photography Talk > Any LOMO, HOLGA or Diana users here on MM

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Session36 Photography

Posts: 65

Jersey City, New Jersey, US

I'd love to try a shoot using one of these cameras that have been collecting dust.  Any MM ever use them for a shoot or in general?  Love the cross process look.

Mar 21 11 09:09 pm Link

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S de Varax

Posts: 7271

Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I recently got into the diana camera, still figuring it out lol.

Mar 21 11 09:33 pm Link

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Nathan Sol

Posts: 583

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, US

I've spent more time tinkering & modifying than actually shooting with them.  Hopefully that will change before lone.

Some of my plastic lens work:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=11 … &aid=18097

and

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/114799/126468

(and a few more can be found in my nudes album)

Mar 21 11 09:40 pm Link

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Squirrels On Film

Posts: 534

Los Angeles, California, US



I took this one with a Holga and two Alien Bee 800's.

Mar 21 11 09:40 pm Link

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Albertex Photography

Posts: 15508

Mansfield, Texas, US

I love our Holga.  Great $35 camera and Kodak gave me a ProPack of 120 film.

Mar 21 11 09:58 pm Link

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Photographers Society

Posts: 129

Miami, Florida, US

The two motel room shots in my profile were shot with a Holga.  First time I've seen results and I really like them.  Takes a little more to make sure your lighting is sufficient because of the lens restrictions (one shutter speed and two f/ stops) but really like the results. 

I hooked my $25.00 camera to my $1600.00 studio lights and had a great time.

Mar 22 11 12:19 pm Link

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Stephen Jonas

Posts: 594

Enon Valley, Pennsylvania, US

Yepper, Presently using my Holga for a Human Trafficking piece. I think it's the best tool for the job, and if I get in trouble at least I'm only out about $30.

Mar 22 11 04:35 pm Link

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David Miller Photoworks

Posts: 2350

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Diana stuff from Seattle:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5212/5513584731_9fc9a0f1cf.jpg
Chun Li lights up by DB Miller, on Flickr
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5053/5513584663_69bfe1a39a.jpg
Cap and woman by DB Miller, on Flickr
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5094/5514180674_924bb8eb49.jpg
Ariel purse by DB Miller, on Flickr
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5217/5514181316_c79901a48c.jpg
Thor Kid by DB Miller, on Flickr

Mar 22 11 08:28 pm Link

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D and G Photography

Posts: 135

Odenton, Maryland, US

love my Holga! started with one in college, hooked ever since!

Mar 22 11 08:31 pm Link

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Rich Burroughs

Posts: 3259

Portland, Oregon, US

I've been shooting Holgas with models for a little over a year now. There are a couple of rows of that work in my port. The next issue of Light Leaks magazine will have a feature/interview about that series, and shooting Holga nudes. It's issue #19, I think it's at least a few weeks away from going to press.

I really like it and I like the look I get. A couple of things to keep in mind:

Most of those cameras have middle/small apertures, they don't open up very wide. So you need a decent amount of light. I can shoot my Hasselblad at f/2.8, but the Holga's more like f/8. That's a huge difference. Even shooting ISO 400 film I often don't have enough light to shoot indoors except for the summer, without pushing the film.

Also, it's a slower process in some ways to me. You spend so much time winding the damn camera lol. One crank on my Hasselblad and it's on to the next frame, but the Holga takes a while. And it's much slower than digital.

But there are a lot of cool things you can do. I shoot a lot of times without the mask and sometimes the film bows a bit, it's' not always taught at the film plane. That gives some interesting effects at times. I also sometimes shoot overlapping frames or double exposures. Sometimes even on accident.

Since you can't do too much with apertures or shutter speeds, the biggest decision you have exposure wise is what speed of film to use. I usually take an incident reading with my handheld light meter. I do a reading at f/8 and see how close the shutter speed is to 1/100 for the ISO film I think I want to use.

Mar 22 11 08:44 pm Link

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Rich Burroughs

Posts: 3259

Portland, Oregon, US

David Miller Photoworks wrote:
Ariel purse

I've seen this befroe, I really like it smile She's great. *points at my avatar*

Mar 22 11 08:46 pm Link

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Coryat Photography

Posts: 40

Clarksville, Tennessee, US

I use Lomo film with my canon ae-1

Mar 22 11 08:53 pm Link

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David Miller Photoworks

Posts: 2350

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Rich Burroughs wrote:

I've seen this befroe, I really like it smile She's great. *points at my avatar*

Probably my favorite!  My avi too!

Mar 22 11 09:09 pm Link

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Velella Velella

Posts: 229

Berkeley, California, US

Been gettin' to know my 135TIM lately. It's a half-frame, but I'm officially a fan. I'm kindof enjoying the 3d gimmick.

Mar 22 11 11:04 pm Link

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automotive photography

Posts: 201

Chino, California, US

Love em'!

http://i519.photobucket.com/albums/u354/RG-Photography/Contactsheet-2.jpg

Mar 22 11 11:39 pm Link

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robb albrecht

Posts: 498

Baywood-Los Osos, California, US

I love my Holga. Haven't used it in a while but last time I loaded it up with 35mm film.
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5243/5230375379_6dcf55bc90.jpg
Old Shed by robb albrecht, on Flickr

Mar 23 11 09:46 am Link

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LWF

Posts: 345

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

You've inspired me. I think I may just break out my Holga today, go for a drive.....I miss it......

Mar 23 11 10:13 am Link

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Photography by BE

Posts: 5652

Midland, Texas, US

LeBrone Wade wrote:
You've inspired me. I think I may just break out my Holga today, go for a drive.....I miss it......

As do I, but since I let my darkroom gather so much dust, I don't shoot the Holga anymore.

When are they going to release the Digital Holga?

Mar 23 11 11:31 am Link

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salvatori.

Posts: 3863

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, US

I had used a Holga for a number of years and in fact, will be using for a series this summer.

I think the Holga and Diana cameras offer a unique artistic opportunity. My thoughts are to use the 'basic' models, without flash, although I admit I never hooked them up to a flash set via the hot shoe or anything.

I've always shot 400iso film since the settings are a bit on the slow side : 1/100 sec shutter with a f/8. I also have shot indoors with a decent amount of light using Delta 3200 film. Grainy but cool as heck.

Good luck!

Mar 23 11 11:51 am Link

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TA Craft Photography

Posts: 2877

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Great fun, and just that..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/timlarge/5041594351/in/set-72157622448291298/

Tim

Mar 23 11 04:05 pm Link

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KIKI - Model

Posts: 348

Boston, Massachusetts, US

holgaaaa

Mar 23 11 04:08 pm Link

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Andrea Cronshaw

Posts: 406

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Lovely photos everyone big_smile I know alot of people have bad things to say about lomography but I can't help loving it.

I post most of mine on my blog http://polaroidsandfilm.tumblr.com/ I have rolls just sitting in my cupboard though because I can't afford to develop them and they are colour so I can't do it myself sad

Mar 23 11 09:36 pm Link

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Photographers Society

Posts: 129

Miami, Florida, US

Rich Burroughs wrote:
I really like it and I like the look I get. A couple of things to keep in mind:

But there are a lot of cool things you can do. I shoot a lot of times without the mask and sometimes the film bows a bit, it's' not always taught at the film plane.

I have two Holga's, one with the hot shoe and one with the built-in flash.  Each has it's own problem, the hot shoe fires the flash both on the down stroke of the shutter release and again on the upstroke when you let go of the button which gives you too much light and a issue of a double exposure.  I have to cover the lens with my hand before I let go of the shutter button.  And the one with the built in flash, the flash is only good for a couple of feet.

Has any one seen a difference in the sharpness between using the 6x6 format vs the 645 format ? The opening of the 645 is smaller and gives more of surface for the film to flatten against so the film should be flatter and thus sharper.  Also that would use the more central part of the lens.

Of course going for a sharper Holga image may fly in the face of using the Holga to begin with, although at it's sharpest it's still probably pretty soft.

Mar 24 11 02:23 am Link

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LD Out of Focus

Posts: 69

Oakland, California, US

I use my 1987 Lubitel 166b which was made by Lomo back before the fall of the Soviet Union pretty often. I don't have any of the modern plastic camera's, though I miss the Holga I gave to a friend sometimes.

Mar 24 11 02:39 am Link

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Mark Bruce Photography

Posts: 21

Stevenage, England, United Kingdom

I love Lomo cameras. I sometimes use my Holga but I'd like to get the LCA+ when I have some extra money. Great shots above!

Mar 24 11 06:27 am Link

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Fred Greissing

Posts: 6412

Los Angeles, California, US

David Miller Photoworks wrote:
Probably my favorite!  My avi too!

Brilliant. Nice work.

Sometimes it's funny how some people will rant and rave about their killer $ 40,000 camera and a few clicks later I see something like this your work....

Mar 24 11 10:54 am Link

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Session36 Photography

Posts: 65

Jersey City, New Jersey, US

Thank you for all the great replies.. beautiful work as always!

Mar 24 11 11:26 am Link

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Kevin Russo Photography

Posts: 2257

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

A Diana was my first film camera back in the early 70's.

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Mar 24 11 11:27 am Link

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Don-Jones

Posts: 302

Memphis, Tennessee, US

I tend to shoot all my side stuff or behind the scene crap with my LOMO.  My walkin gear closest has all types of 4x6s that I just pin to the wall from in.  So I do shoot with it a lot, but strictly for me and my wall of wackiness.

Mar 24 11 11:46 am Link

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Christy Weaver

Posts: 226

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

I have the Holga 120 in pink. The 120 is pretty inexpensive. Picked it up from FreeStyle for about 30ish bucks. I wouldnt spend the extra on the one with the flash since its pretty shitty anyways. With the 120 you can use 35mm in it as well if you modify it. It actually works out pretty well smile & i love the double exposure! As for aperture changes.. not really lol. They have cute little stickers that impliment different apertures but they do nothing when switched lol!

I shot my avi today, with my digital as well as a holga. Ill be developing in the dark room tomorrow. As far as the lomography cameras, ive always wanted one! Ill continue to dream!

Mar 24 11 09:04 pm Link

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Christy Weaver

Posts: 226

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Rich Burroughs wrote:
I've been shooting Holgas with models for a little over a year now. There are a couple of rows of that work in my port. The next issue of Light Leaks magazine will have a feature/interview about that series, and shooting Holga nudes. It's issue #19, I think it's at least a few weeks away from going to press.

I really like it and I like the look I get. A couple of things to keep in mind:

Most of those cameras have middle/small apertures, they don't open up very wide. So you need a decent amount of light. I can shoot my Hasselblad at f/2.8, but the Holga's more like f/8. That's a huge difference. Even shooting ISO 400 film I often don't have enough light to shoot indoors except for the summer, without pushing the film.

Also, it's a slower process in some ways to me. You spend so much time winding the damn camera lol. One crank on my Hasselblad and it's on to the next frame, but the Holga takes a while. And it's much slower than digital.

But there are a lot of cool things you can do. I shoot a lot of times without the mask and sometimes the film bows a bit, it's' not always taught at the film plane. That gives some interesting effects at times. I also sometimes shoot overlapping frames or double exposures. Sometimes even on accident.

Since you can't do too much with apertures or shutter speeds, the biggest decision you have exposure wise is what speed of film to use. I usually take an incident reading with my handheld light meter. I do a reading at f/8 and see how close the shutter speed is to 1/100 for the ISO film I think I want to use.

Very interesting! thanks for the info!

Mar 24 11 09:07 pm Link

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Christy Weaver

Posts: 226

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Andrea Cronshaw wrote:
Lovely photos everyone big_smile I know alot of people have bad things to say about lomography but I can't help loving it.

I post most of mine on my blog http://polaroidsandfilm.tumblr.com/ I have rolls just sitting in my cupboard though because I can't afford to develop them and they are colour so I can't do it myself sad

In roll in a photo class at your local city college if you have the time. You'll get free access to the lab+ dark room (im pretty sure).

Mar 24 11 09:09 pm Link

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Koga

Posts: 16

Los Angeles, California, US

My friend Renard Garr has shot with a Holga using a Polaroid back. His portrait of David Lynch won PDN's Go Indie Photo Contest in the Portrait category (Amateur):

http://www.goindiecontest.com/00/700/1008701096.JPG

Mar 24 11 09:15 pm Link

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Carlos Occidental

Posts: 10548

Glendora, California, US

Love my Holga.  Not too happy with my 35mm Lomo super wide, or whatever they call it. 
I fucking hate 35mm.

Mar 25 11 10:50 am Link

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John Doe and Exene

Posts: 153

San Luis Obispo, California, US

I'd strongly recommend keeping an eye on Craigslist for good deals on medium format cameras, particularly if you're on the computer all day.

My latest score was a bitchen little 120 called a Welta, a cherry Yashica-Mat-LM & a couple graflex's (1 a press camera in near-mint condition).  I paid $75 bucks for all 4 cameras.  The Yashica-Mat is basically brand new.  The Welta has a Zeiss F3.5 lens that has a max shutter of 1/400th.  Waiting on getting some film back on the Yashica but I know it will look pretty nice.

JD

Mar 25 11 11:40 am Link

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robb albrecht

Posts: 498

Baywood-Los Osos, California, US

That's a smokin' find. Nice score, JD!

Mar 25 11 01:02 pm Link

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Fotomocker

Posts: 1

Montclair, California, US

Use many lomo cameras: LC-A, Lubitel 166, Holgas, Diana F+, Fisheye No.2, etc.

Sep 12 13 09:19 pm Link