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HOLGA FOR 4/3 - pictures

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Robert Watcher, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Well I have been kind of excited about the arrival of the cheap, plastic Holga lens that I ordered last month from ebay. With the Postal strike in Canada starting just days after I placed the order - I knew that I was in for a little bit of a wait. And so it arrived in the mail box today.

    Talk about cheap (price wise) at $18.88 - - - although on further examining of the lens you begin to wonder if that price is a rip off. it is about as cheaply built a lens as you could expect (all plastic), there is lots of slop in the mount, and the focusing ring is rather stiff. But man is it fun to use, and it actually looks pretty handsome on my E-PL1.

    A wonderful feature of the E-PL1 is the ability to zoom in while focusing, making it much easier to get accurate focus - which is especially a challenge with this slow f8 lens. Also Exposure appeared to be set automatically so all I had to do was set the camera to Auto ISO, Program Mode, focus and shoot. I also tried a couple of the Art Filters for some fun. I had never tried the Soft Focus and find it much more usable than I anticipated (the LCD graphic shows blown highlights).

    Anne and I headed out to Tim Hortons for a coffee and so I took the camera along to play with the settings and take a few shots. All were taken at 2000 ISO.

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  2. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    All pictures are straight out of the camera uncropped [ just resized for web. All that's missing from a real Holga, is all the light creeping in the edges. Have to add that in post processing I suppose.

    A shot I took as soon as I got home from the post office and quickly mounted the lens on my camera on the porch
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    Tim Hortons Sign Board
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    Steeped Tea and a Glazed Cinnamon Bun
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  3. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    People lined up at the till
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    Tried out the Grainy Black and White Art Filter
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    And then the Soft Focus Art Filter
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  4. petronius

    petronius Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 6, 2011
    "... and the focusing ring is rather stiff ..."

    I removed the front of the lens and wiped the sticky grease from the helicoid. It´s a bit wobbly now, but fosusing is much easier.

    BTW, thw grainy B&W portrait is great!
     
  5. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Great tip - Thanks :2thumbs:
     
  6. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I took the opportunity this afternoon, to get out in some midday lighting with some favorite local subjects of mine - and see where I could make use of the Holga lens and generally just see how it fares in daylight conditions. Again, my settings for the E-PL1 were Program Mode (dialing in plus and minus exposure compensation when needed) and Auto ISO. Being it was bright outside, there were only certain subjects that I was able to focus on using the zoom in feature of the LCD screen - - - the rest I just used the graphics on the lens, which was fairly easy as just about all subjects except for ones maybe within 15 to 20 feet were pretty well at the infinity setting.


    1) I started off on my porch to see how a closer focus object and line running out to infinity would look.
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    2) I shot the Van dash to see some text and lines for focusing
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    3) After a 15 minute drive into the countryside, I arrived at my pretty location
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    4) A close by field
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  7. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    5) Some flowers in the ditch required closer focusing
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    6) Same with these tiger lilys surrounding a small lake (got attacked by tons of black flies)
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    7 ) A dead end road leads to the small lake - this sign stands in the field across the road
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    8 ) Shot across the lake from a small clearing
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  8. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    9 ) A golden field leading to the highway
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    10 ) This was my favorite and so I took some time shooting using various minus exposure compensations from minus 0.7 to minus 1 1/3 stops - - - and used some advanced Photoshop techniques to balance the extreme lighting of the scene
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    11 ) I think that the E=PL1 and the Holga make a handsome pairing
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  9. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sorry about the issue with images from my server not showing up. I have switched the image urls to files that I have on my Flickr account. You should now be able to view the Holga/E-PL1 combo pictures I took last night and this afternoon.