is a young photojournalist who carries two Holga cameras along with his professional gear. One is loaded with ISO 100 film and the other ISO 800 film. Holga cameras have a single aperture of f
8. Brosher uses one camera in sunlight and the other with inside available light.
The long standing flippant comment from a seasoned photograph when someone asked how her or she makes such great pictures is, "f
8 and be there." Brosher and other photographers who use Holga's must take that literally.
For the last year or so, I have ocassionally joked with Brosher that he could achieve the same pictorial effect by putting Vasoline on his Nikon lenses or applying a heavy layer of Gaussian blur in Photoshop. But Brosher has a great eye and I have to admit I really like some of his artsy-fartsy pictures.
When Brosher last posted a Holga picture, I decided I should get a camera though the thought of having to buy film and process it would certainly be annoying.
When I starting Googling I found that Holga is now marketing the cheap plastic lens from the Holga in both a Canon and Nikon mount and B&H, a professional dealer in New York, carries them.
This morning I slapped the Hoga 60mm with .5 X wide angle attachment on my Canon 5D and went to the motorcycle breakfast at Shapiro's in Indianapolis. My motorcycle friends are used to me experimenting on them.
The first thing I noticed is that I had converted my Canon 5D to a point-and-shoot. Really. Have to ever tried to compose and focus at F8? It's not fun. Basically you can't see a damn thing through the viewfinder. I put the camera on manual with the ISO at 6400 and shot at 1/30 second bracing my camera on the top of a coffee cup. The only way I could see the picture is to look at the LCD screen after the picture was made. I didn't bother to look through the viewfinder because it was too dark. If the composition was a little off, I moved the camera a bit and made another one. By trial and error, I got some decent pictures.
I found I had to put the subject in the middle of the frame because this lens has SERIOUS falloff. There was no edge burning in the pictures. That is just the way they are.
Having played with this lens for a morning, I have to say I like messing with the Holga lens and all of its idiosyncrasies. I rather like some of the pictures I made. It is fun to play with and you don't have to mess with film and wet chemistry.
Thank's James; I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.