© Sherry Lee - Holga 135 with blue Color Filter
To enhance the world of Holga, a Holga Lens and Filter Holder is a must. This over the lens mount allows the user to attach the various filter sets to the front of the Holga. Once the filter holder is in place, new possibilities become available with each filter that is slipped in.
HOLGA COLOR FILTER SET
The Color Filter Set includes red, yellow, blue, and green filters and can be used to create bold, vibrant images or to adjust the tonality of black and white photographs. In true Holga fashion, there are no contrast or color-correction numbers on the filters.
HOLGA SPLIT IMAGE FILTER LENS SET
This set includes a four-facet lens with center focus, a three-facet vertical lens and a three-facet pyramid lens. Each filter in this set will surprise and please any photographer as it splits, repeats and blends in totally unique ways. These filters do not allow for symmetrical effects when using a DSLR Holga Lens. However the distortions are still very fun.
HOLGA SOFT SURROUND FILTER SET
With a clear center, each of these four filters has a pattern specifically designed to enhance the Holga's natural focus vignetting. Drawing the eye toward the center of an image, these filters are excellent for unique documentary, portrait and fine art style images. Set of four includes red, yellow, blue, and neutral density.
For many, this is the next step towards becoming a full-fledged Holga maniac. Long sought after by Holga users, the aesthetic values of the instant film match that of the Holga perfectly. The Holga Instant Film Back turns the Holga into the most unique instant camera there is. The back fits on the Holga 120 series and accommodates Fuji FP 3.25 x 4.25 instant films. The Holga instant back comes with a 6x6 film mask, a .3x diopter (which must be put on the Holga lens in order to get focused pictures) and an external viewfinder for precise composition within the frame.
For those that have the Fuji Instax Mini 7s cameras, you can now Holgify instant images with the Holga Filter & Lens Adapter Set for Fuji Instax 7S Camera. This adapter kit enables the use of a full series of mini Holga lenses and accessories. Upon installation of the adapter, one is open to a whole new world of creative possibilities. The kit includes the LFA-F7S Adapter, LFH-135K Lens Holder, DCFS-135K Double Color Filter Set, SILS-135K Split Image Filter Set, CFS-135K Color Filter Set, SSFS-135K Soft Surround Filter Set, and CGFS-135K Color Gradation Filter Set. Other available kits include Macro, Telephoto, Wide Angle or Fisheye Lenses.
© Francesca di Leo - Holga Split Image Filer on Fuji Instax
HOLGA CABLE RELEASE
A must have for every Holga! This custom adapter fits snugly over the lens of your camera allowing you to use a cable release. It also does not interfere with the tripod mount and Bulb setting switch on the Holga 120 cameras. In addition, the cable release can be used separately from the adapter for use on all Holga 135 and Holga 120WPC Cameras.
HOLGA 35MM ADAPTOR KITS
The 35mm Film Adaptor Kits allow the use of 35mm film in Holga 120 (FA135-120) and Holga 120 Stereo (FA135-120/3D) medium format cameras. In order to remove 35mm film from the Holga 120 cameras after it has been exposed, simply use a changing bag or go in to a light tight darkroom to extract the film. Wind the film back into the safety of its metal cartridge before returning to the light.
HOLGA VERTICAL VIEWER ATTACHMENT
Vertical Viewer Attachment (VV-120 & VV-SH 135)turns the standard Holga 120 or 135 cameras into a Holga twin lens reflex for a top down view.
Sometimes a simple modification to a Holga camera can create outstanding results. There are several ways to experiment with the Holga and having more than one Holga camera is recommended since some modifications can be permanent.
Modify and Personalize
One can create their own custom look for the Holga by doing their own decorating. Find fun and inventive ways to personalize the Holga with stickers, beads, fur or anything else lying around. The possibilities are endless!Otherwise, here are a few more practical changes.
CUSTOM HOLGA MASKS
One can make their own unique border around images by creating a personalized mask. Take some dark paper or cardboard and cut it to an 8x7cm rectangle. Then fold in 1cm on each side so that the center is 6x7cm. Cut a custom pattern in the center and then tape the custom mask inside the back of the Holga camera. The batteries will have to be taped into place for the 120FN and 120CFN if a custom mask is being used.
This easy mod will reduce lens flare. Just get some tape and dark paper or cardboard and fashion a ring that will fit snugly onto the lens barrel. There are also hood patterns that one can download from the Internet.
ADDING A TRADITIONAL FILTER TO YOUR HOLGA
Besides the Holga filters that are already available, a Holga can be modified to use traditional filters. The barrel of a Holga lens is 46mm. Get a step-up ring of 46-49 to add a filter thread to the Holga lens. Firmly twist this stepup ring into the pliable plastic lens of the Holga. Glue this to the barrel of the Holga lens and then attach a 49mm filter to the thread of the step up ring.
HOLGA 120 ADAPTED FOR 35mm FILM -- SPROCKET HOLES!
© Lauren Martinez - 35mm Film in Holga 120N
There are two ways one can adapt Holga 120 to use 35mm film:
Cut foam inserts to center and secure the cartridge of a roll of 35mm film where the roll of 120 film normally goes. The idea is to make sure the film stays centered and travels
straight across the film plane behind the lens.
Pull the leader of the 35mm film out and stretch it across to the 120 take-up spool. Tape the film securely to the spool. Wind the film, making sure the film is centered on the take-up spool. Replace the camera back and shoot.
With your film loaded, you must completely tape up the film counter window because there is no protective paper backing on 35mm film. (If you accidentally leave the film counter window uncovered, you will expose your film — and usually not in a good way.
Because the window must be taped, there are no numbers to count exposures. You will have to estimate how far to advance the film after each shot. It involves counting the clicks as you wind the film: about 34 clicks per each 6x6cm frame. After you process your own film you will notice an increasingly wider gap between frames. If you feel like compensating, you can reduce the number of clicks by 1 for every three exposures.
The benefits of modifying in this way are truly striking and unique. The image is much longer than the standard 35mm frame. The entire section of film is exposed, including the sprocket holes. It is a type of image unlike any other, instantly recognizable upon viewing.
- 35mm Adapter kit
Simply buy Holga's 35mm Adaptor Kit. However, the kit differs from the modification just listed in a very significant way: it makes the camera shoot in a standard 35mm frame —- in other words, the sprocket holes and panorama effects are not attainable with the prefabricated kit.
Whether you're using the kit or making your own mod, after you are done shooting (when the film no longer advances), you must remove film in total darkness. A changing bag or a darkroom should be used. When processing at a lab, make sure to instruct them not to cut your film during processing.