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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Shadows, Roscoe

I have just gotten an old friend back. When I had a working darkroom I loved the images from toy cameras. I had Dianas and, when they broke, as they always did, I converted to Holgas, a bit better built. The 120 film required a darkroom so that I could develop it for a longer time and then print the resulting negatives to my taste. I love the soft/harsh look of toy cameras. I have tried, since going digital, to duplicate the look with Lensbabies of many versions. They were similar, but lacked the instinctive point and shoot of the Holgas. You had to squeeze the lens to focus!

I recently found that I can get a real, original, Holga lens that will fit on Micro 4/3 cameras. I ordered one and it came yesterday! I put it on one of my Olympus E-M5s and went out to play. Well.....the files look just like Holga files! The lens actually is more usable on a DSLR as you can use the viewfinder to focus and see if it works. Plus, if you set the camera to Aperture preferred you get a good exposure every time! Not guaranteed with the old Holgas. So I am a happy camper. This is one of the first shots from this morning.

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