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My First Holga
Old 04-11-2014   #1
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My First Holga

I have ordered my first holga 120GFN on Yesterday. I have no idea how exciting to shoot and print some B+W film...

Meanwhile, I was surfing accessories and found this exciting 'Fritz the Blitz Adaptor Kit' and I was thinking to get one.

But I have no idea whether about the material it is made up of, may be some one of you know better about it.

I thinking to use it with Rolleicord or may be other film cameras.
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The GFN is a pretty good camera for a Holga, as the lens is glass, meaning the center of the image is a bit sharper than the typical plastic-lensed toy camera, while you still get the edge softness and blur.

These cameras only have two f-stops and a fixed shutter speed (plus bulb), and so my working method with the GFN is to use a light meter and "find the light" that matches the camera's preset exposure.

I also have the Fritz-the-Blitz flash. It has an adapter permitting it to be connected to a standard hotshoe via a short cord, plus has an L-bracket for mounting the flash alongside the camera (it won't mount directly on the hotshoe because its native mount is a two-prong connector, designed to be plugged into the side of certain cameras). The flash itself is powered by a CR123 battery and recycles very fast. It has a 1/16 power mode for good fill flash. Not a bad flash for the money, and its retro look works well with other classic compact cameras.

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Thanks. May I know about the L-bracket itself. Does it made up of metal, plastic...?
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The GFN is a pretty good camera for a Holga, as the lens is glass, meaning the center of the image is a bit sharper than the typical plastic-lensed toy camera, while you still get the edge softness and blur.

These cameras only have two f-stops and a fixed shutter speed (plus bulb), and so my working method with the GFN is to use a light meter and "find the light" that matches the camera's preset exposure.

I also have the Fritz-the-Blitz flash. It has an adapter permitting it to be connected to a standard hotshoe via a short cord, plus has an L-bracket for mounting the flash alongside the camera (it won't mount directly on the hotshoe because its native mount is a two-prong connector, designed to be plugged into the side of certain cameras). The flash itself is powered by a CR123 battery and recycles very fast. It has a 1/16 power mode for good fill flash. Not a bad flash for the money, and its retro look works well with other classic compact cameras.

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Thanks. May I know about the L-bracket itself. Does it made up of metal, plastic...?
The L-bracket is made from plastic, has two parts that can be used separate or together, depending on how much lateral extension you need to the side of the camera.

I found the black colored flash matches my classic film cameras better.

Oh, and the flash kit includes colored plastic diffuser disks that fit over the front of the flash, to spray colored light onto the scene, Lomography style. There's also a white diffuser disk, which could be handy for portraits (though I have not yet used it).

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Nice work on LPA.
Thanks. I haven't made much progress in finishing it, as the weather has warmed up and I'm spending more time outdoors.

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Congratulations - you will have fun with this. On thing I like, is the filter kits. Both the colors and the ones with a hole in the center. I get a lot of use out of these. Just a suggestion.
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I have an 120N, and if the viewfinder is anything like mine, be aware that it more represents the view of a 80mm lens instead of a 60mm.
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If you don't like the idea of using CR123 batteries, there's also the Diana flash. Runs on an ordinary AA. Comes with a hot shoe adapter plus a set of gels..
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I got may GFN on Yesterday. Wow, it is so much joy to use this camera. Built in flash is good enough to shoot my little daughter and mother.

First test roll came really good(RPX 400 + Kodak D-23).

I just figured out from the exposure calculator that it needs EV 11 or EV 12 for ISO 400 film to shoot without flash but who really cares about proper exposure anyway...

Yes, I will be buying filter set today. Unfortunately Cable release holder is sold out.
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i know this thread is a year old…

first roll from my new $39. Holga… with lens!… TriX400 120



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↑… Nice Robert, good to see some other Holga interest…

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If you don't like the idea of using CR123 batteries, there's also the Diana flash. Runs on an ordinary AA. Comes with a hot shoe adapter plus a set of gels..
I have a Tru-View (120) which I understand is a Diana, but it doesn't have flash. It seems to be in mint or close to mint condition. I will send it to any RFF member for postage.
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I have a Tru-View (120) which I understand is a Diana, but it doesn't have flash. It seems to be in mint or close to mint condition. I will send it to any RFF member for postage.
Nice offer! I will take it if it is still available.

Here is a pic from my Holga 120 GCFN with Lomo 400 film

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