Yesterday I received the  Polaroid Instant Film Back for my Holga in the mail. It was a birthday gift from my husband. I can’t even begin to tell you how stoked I am. The film also came ( FUJIFILM FP-100C ). It was super easy to attach and within an hour I had already burned through almost the entire pack of film, save a few frames. You can see the results of my fun below. I saved some shots to practice image transfer, which I tried this morning with not super fantastic results. I’ll post that tomorrow.

Using this contraption is quite the experience. First of all, you will see that there is gnarly vignetting which I’m not sure I like. I know that this is common with Holga but I’m not sure it is supposed to be this pronounced. So I’ll have to do a bit of research to figure out out if I can fix this. Secondly, the back doesn’t seem to stay on very well. I need to figure out how to keep it secured. It didn’t seem like there was any way of doing so. I had to sort of sandwich it all together with my hands and hold it very carefully. I wasn’t careful enough just before my last photo. The back fell off and exposed the film before I even had a chance to take a picture. Glad it was the last shot of the pack.

Regardless, I had LOTS of fun with it and am about to order more film. This could get very addicting!! And expensive.

P.S. I got a chuckle from this blog post at Dyepot, Teapot. It’s a pretty accurate assessment.

2 thoughts on “Holgaroid

  1. If I’m not mistaken, the Holga uses a very simple plastic meniscus lens. It has a very limited exit pupil. It’s only large enough to cover the intended film. Any larger film will reveal the true size of the exit pupil.

    When 35mm lenses are used on most digital cameras, you’ll hear talk of crop factors. It might be 1.3 or 1.6, for example. This is because 35mm lenses are made specifically to cover 35mm film. Since most digital sensors are smaller than 35mm film, they record a smaller portion of the exit pupil. Thus, giving you a crop factor.

    However, if you used a lens from a 35mm camera on a medium format camera, you would see the same circle image. Obviously, this is because the medium format film is larger than the exit pupil of the lens. Hope this helps! 🙂


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