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03/01/2007 03:38:23 PM · #1

Ordered me one of THESE and one of THESE. Looking forward to using film, I think.

Anyone have a Holga or Lubitel 166?

Vivo el plastico!
03/01/2007 03:44:48 PM · #2
The holga is a sweet camera for fun color or b&w shots, especially in decent light you can get some really great pictures. I've never used a Lubitel but I have used a seagull which is probably more or less the same thing with a glass lens. It was also a lot of fun, you'll have a great time ;) Scan your stuff to share when you're done!
03/01/2007 03:48:30 PM · #3
They look pretty retro. Maybe you should get some clothes to match, for when you're out shooting with them. :-D
03/01/2007 03:48:46 PM · #4
I have a Holga with the 35mm adapter, I have shot about six rolls of 120 but not have any developed yet. Don't think the local Walgreens can develop 120.
03/01/2007 03:58:52 PM · #5
They look very interesting, but after reading the site, I don't "get" the attraction. Why not get a toy 35mm camera and get the same (perhaps crappy) results? The quality of medium format will be lost on the plastic lens. Developing medium format can't be cheap either.

I have an old Honeywell Pentax SP1000, and it was very cheap, fun, and it takes good pictures.

-Chad

03/01/2007 05:25:10 PM · #6
To what end are you planning on using these? You may have to start developing the film yourself. I used to shoot with 120 film, and didn't think the negative gave me much more ability for enlargements than the standard 35mm film.
As fun cameras, I am sure they are great, but I still rely on my Rebel film camera for film shots just because it is standard, I can scan the negatives in to my computer, and am pretty pleased generally with the results.

03/01/2007 05:26:29 PM · #7
i just found a big stash of expired 220 film at my camera store for, like, $1.50 a roll.

yes i know it's expired, but i think it will amplify the holga-like images i wanna get. :)
03/01/2007 05:55:56 PM · #8
Although its a film camera I'd simply love one of these

A quote from the features

"Typical high-end HD camcorders have 2.1M pixel sensors and record with 3:1:1 color subsampled video at up to 30fps. We deliver 12M pixels at up to 60fps and record RAW, or 2x over-sampled HD in 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 your choice."

*drooling now*
-dave
03/01/2007 07:38:04 PM · #9
The Holga is fun! I haven't used mine in a while, but my tips are that you should engage in some light-sealing (even if you want some controlled light leakage) - they are pretty loose! Also, when you take the film out of the camera, you will need to roll it onto the spool really tightly by hand (the Holga mechanism leaves it extremely loose) - you are supposed to be able to see the spool plastic covering the top and bottom of the film to keep it light-safe. So change films in a dark place, if you can!
03/01/2007 07:42:42 PM · #10
Originally posted by dknourek:

Although its a film camera I'd simply love one of these

A quote from the features

"Typical high-end HD camcorders have 2.1M pixel sensors and record with 3:1:1 color subsampled video at up to 30fps. We deliver 12M pixels at up to 60fps and record RAW, or 2x over-sampled HD in 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 your choice."

*drooling now*
-dave


Geez. That looks like something I'd see in Star Trek. Can you replicate some models with that? :P
03/01/2007 08:14:53 PM · #11
The appeal of these cameras to me is not the medium format per say. I like the foggy, funky images they produce. I intend to experiment with all kinds of films and distortions. I also want to get a cheap light meter and use how to use that.

I might process the black and white negatives myself. I know I can get the required chems and containers for about f $75 to $100. That way, I can process the negatives then scan them on my brother-in-law's scanner.

I I really like the Lubitel, I'll spring for a Rolleiflex TLR for a few hundred bucks for decent medium format images.
03/01/2007 08:37:07 PM · #12
You can use the 20 D for a light meter, unless you just want to be completely retro, or not carry all the extra weight.
You can get the foggy image look by breathing on the lens on the Canon just before you trip the shutter, but it isn't as much fun as fooling with film and chemistry.

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