Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Holga 120n - 400 tmax film

So I already mentioned about pulling out my old holga, excited to be able to get 120 film developed relatively cheaply and easily - thanks lomography online! Since I hadn't pulled the camera out in eight years I also hadn't pulled out the film I brought to use with it - some Kodak 400 tmax that expired in 2008.


Now I'm hoping the results weren't determined by the expired film and how I'd mistreated it because that was a lengthy (totally unintentional) process I don't wish to repeat - I was smitten though with how the roll came back and I hope future non-expired rolls can deliver something similar :)


I'm not normally one to look at photos gleefully when they're underexposed (a problem that happens frequently with toy cameras on not super bright days) but something about the black and white, the lack of sharpness that you get with holgas, coupled with the mostly underexposed shots turned into something I really loved :)


Even though their is a perception about toy cameras being cheap (and admittedly my model was!) you have to be prepared to start forking out some coin here. The 120 film costs more than the 35mm film, the developing costs a fraction more and the most awful part is that instead of a glorious 36 shots coming back you get at most 12 (square shots) or 16 (rectangle shots) with the holgas. My model came with a black plastic insert that let's you change the sizes, I just happen to love the square format so I decided to lose 4 shots for it. Another thing is that holgas due to lack of exposure control leave you with the large possibility of some terrible shots so you could potentially find yourself being upset about wasted money/time/expectations :p


So my advice so far (I taken two rolls so I'm definitely no expert) is that b&w is the bomb but that could be because my colour roll came out horrid :p lol. Will blog about that one in the days to come :)

11 comments:

  1. I had no idea film could expire! Ya learn something new everyday! I'm a huge fan of black and white photos, there's something beautifully nostalgic about them. Great captures!

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    1. I think the expiry of films means the possibility of image quality degrade with things such as colour shifts resulting. I also think it effects how much light the film needs but unless you know how they film has been kept (film likes cooler temps) you could really end up with any result! Let's just say before the expiry you've got more chance the film will come out as the manufacturer wanted it too :)

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  2. black and white is so much easier to control :D
    beautiful pictures <3

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    1. yeah, I feel I need to shoot a lot more b&w :P

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  3. i want to get the holga as well! i am in love with lomography and their website.

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    1. Unpredictable but super fun :) I think you'll rock film Jane!

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  5. your photos turned out beautifully, despite your mistreated film. this post reminds me that I have a couple of vintage cameras I should pull out and use!!

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  6. love the camera
    <3

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