This week we’re going to look at the Holga 135PC Pinhole Camera. It comes at a good time as only just a few days ago was ‘World Pinhole Day‘! This review is actually written by our guest writer C. Gary Moyer who has been involved with toy and vintage cameras for many years. Gary writes a great blog, ‘Light Sensitive‘ which is well worth a visit for its great articles and images many of which were shot with a Holga.
Anyway without further ado here’s the review!
Holga 135 PC (Pinhole Camera)
Manufacturer: Universal Electronics Industries (Holga)
Format: 35mm film
Price: $36.99 US in the HolgaDirect Store (Currently on Sale for $33.99)
Summary: Plastic 35mm pinhole camera
Set up for 4×6 prints
No noticeable vignette
The Holga 135 PC is a great entry level camera to get you started with pinhole photography. The camera is as basic as they come. Film is loaded like any plastic 35mm film camera. There is a frame counter to tell you what number exposure you’re on and a typical thumb wheel to advance the film. The shutter button has a threaded port to allow a remote shutter cord. I highly recommend using one instead of pressing the full shutter button. The shutter is fairly stiff, so it requires the release cable to help alleviate camera shake. Pinholes require longer exposure times, so a sturdy tripod is a must.
On the back door of the camera is a film exposure guide. It is to be used as a reference for determining the length of exposure. It is based on 100 speed film but you could calculate other times depending on what film speed you decide to use. The camera has an accessory shoe that says you can use it for a continuous light source is so needed. It is not a flash hot shoe, meaning it will not sync with the shutter. There is a viewfinder on the camera that you can use to help line up your shots. I found it to be adequate. The shutter system allows you to do multiple exposures as you do not have to advance the film. If you want to get back to photography’s roots, I would recommend the 135 PC and give it a whirl. As always, don’t forget to remove the lens cap.
C. Gary Moyer
We’d like to say a big Thanks to Gary for taking time to do this review. For more details on this camera please do check it out the Holga 135PC in the HolgaDirect Store. As part of our celebrations for Worldwide Pinhole Day we have this camera on sale for $33.99 for a limited time or until stocks run out!
The HolgaDirect Team
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