It’s my sad duty today to announce that my favorite film camera, the Holga 120GN, has gone to the great lab in the sky. The last few films that I have shot have had some issues. Pictures have been coming out very blurred; in a “shutter speed to slow” type way, not a “crap lens” type way. Also they have been coming out massively over exposed, in a “massively over exposed” type way.
I have done nothing different to what I have been doing for the past 5 years or so in the way I have been taking the pictures, so the only idea I have it is that there is something wrong with the shutter. As is the way of the Holga in general, it’s shutter is controlled by a very cheap spring that at this stage I can only assume has lost its tension and is leaving the shutter open for too long. It’s a shame really as I really like this camera. The unpredictability of the radial softness of the focusing, paired with some nice vignetting always used to make me smile.
I do fully intend to replace it with another one and I may even “upgrade” and go for the version with the built in flash! Another idea might be to get a Holga lens for my Canon but I feel this is probably missing the point a bit. I would miss out square negatives and the ability to roll the film on as much or as little as I like which are a couple of reason why I liked this camera so much. I may revive the body to make a pin hole Holga but for now it will be put on the shelf to rest.