Lomography Wednesday: Holga Lens Review

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The Holga lens for Nikon and Canon is the classic Holga lens with various mount for most DSLR camera. The lens is supposed to transform your digital camera into a toy camera using the unique Holga lens to create distorted and whimsical photos without the need of a full Holga camera or using film. It has the same focusing options as the original lens (mountain, crowd, group, 1 person) and even vignettes. I’ve owned my Holga lens for Nikon for almost 2 years now and actually have the Diana version of it too (review here) and thought it was about time that I review to. I will do a comparison between the two sometime later this summer as well so look out for that. To start I thought I’d show you what’s possible with the lens and show you  side by side comparisons of my Nikon D7000 with a regular DSLR lens to the Holga lens.

Landscape and group photos

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*my Nikon DSLR has a double exposure mode built in so only possible if your camera supports it

 Nikon with regular lens and then Holga lens:

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Holga Lens in the Snow

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During one of my walks to Parc LaFontinae (that I keep forgetting is so close to my house) I took along my holga adapter for my Nikon camera and happily snapped away at the people skating. I even did a few double exposures much like you would with a proper Holga camera. My adapter  though is such a frustration to me. These shots do have a nice lomo feel to them despite being taken on a high end DSLR but I’m sure I’m entirely soild if that’s a good thing.

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Fall with Holga macro and close up lens…

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For Lomography Wednesday I grabbed my Nikon camera and my trusty Holga close up and macro lens and headed to my balcony. My favourite thing about the Fall is the changing colors of the season! There are a few changes happening already around my house. The first is this little bud I got from the Botanical Gardens started to sprout out something that looks like a kidney bean. The bud was growing on a tree that was covered in them and they looked like a penis with balls – lol so I grabbed one to take a better photo. As well my entire herb garden has become dried and weathered, it didn’t survive the summer at all which is sad. The best part though is the vines on my balcony are starting to turn orange and yellow and it’s just amazing to watch. I am hoping to soon replace my toy lens with the real thing so I can even more amazing close up shots soon, in the meantime I really enjoy these Holga lens and they were only $10 for each set.

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Fishnet Stocking

I thought it’d be great to update you on my fishnet stocking plant (solenostemon scutellarioides). It’s an annual so I am guessing it will die as soon as the temperature drops but in August it almost tripled in size which was amazing to see. I was disappointment when I found out it was an annual buts it’s grown so much it feels worth it to rebuy again next year. I feel so happy as a plant mom as I kill most plants (rest in peace herb garden) but all my vines and other plants have just blossomed so much. It is great to see and really encouraging. This one is my favourite because it’s just so pretty and changes all the time. When the morning light hits it I always grab my camera for a few shots. These were all shot with my Holga macro and close up lens which I am using all the time on flowers and plants – I really cannot wait to upgrade to an actual close up or macro lens soon but in the meantime enjoy Lomography Wednesday – Plant Addition!

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Photography of flowers is one of my passions, it’s so nice having the holga close up lens and micro lens for just this thing as it helps get very dreamy sort of romantic frames shots. The shot above is my bridesmaid bouquet from my friend Nicole’s wedding in Vancouver. As well there is some of her bouquet, as I was the lucky lady who caught the bouquet (hahaha I decided earlier that night that I wanted to catch it just to freak out Victor and I did just that). I kept my flowers in the fridge a few days before I had the chance to take some photos which was quiet a shame as they welted quite a bit although not surprising as the day of the wedding they were in blistering heat for hours.  I don’t often have flowers to take photos of, nor nearly this wonderful and beautiful so I jumped the chance welted or not. It very hard to play around with focus with the holga lens but I do love using them to see what I get. Check out all the photos below!

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a behind the scenes photo (still taken with a close up lens mind you), this is the wedding bouquet and as you can see my bridesmaid one is in the background. I borrowed a vase and sat outside taking photos the day I was leaving on the plane because I knew the already beat up bouquet wouldn’t look very good after the plane ride home. I also toke some Polaroid that failed because it doesn’t have a very short focus distance.

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Lomography Wednesday

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Last summer when me and Victor went by train to Quebec City for 2 days I brought along my Holga adapter for my Nikon camera. I had completely forgotten about these photos until last week when looking through old trip folders in preparation for my trip to Vancouver. I really loved the whimsical nature of these shots; it’s a very good presentation of Quebec City itself. I thought I’d show them off but I have quite a few so this week it’s more nature shots of trees and grassy hills and in two week  it will be all about the unique architecture of this beautiful city.

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Butter of the Week

This week’s Butter is going to be a little weird. I toke these macro photos of her face back in March when I first got my Diana F+ camera. These were taken with the combination of my Nikon D7000 with Diana F+ lens and my Holga marco lens set. I think they are really neat, hope you like!

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Nose and checks
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And lastly, whiskers galore.
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Holga Vision

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A trippy look at the sights of Toronto. I shot these while on a trip to Toronto in 2012 during the spring using the Holga lens attachment for Nikon. The lo-fi effect is wonderful, its makes the digital shots feel like film. I am hope to do a review of the Holga lens next month after I’ve used it more in different situations but thought in the meantime I’d share my favourite shots from my trip. Most of these were taken around the downtown core in the Kensington Market area that I always stay at. I love the vibrant colors of the area and how you can see the CN Tower off in the distance, not to mention it has the best food. I definetly need to take more photos of Toronto, for some reason anytime I go I spend more time drinking and hanging out then snapping away (I blame my Toronto friends for that lol)

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Lomography Wednesday

A few weeks ago I got a Diana F+ kind of randomly and while waiting to get more 120mm film, I decided to test out the lens! Last summer I bought a Diana adapter for Nikon because I thought it was like the Holga one and came with the lens so I had it laying around my shelf just waiting for me to finally get a Diana. So a few days after getting my new Diana, I popped the lens on the adapter and attached it to my Nikon DSLR. These shots are a combination of the Diana lens and Holga Close Up lens, I just sat in front of this bush and testing them out so. They looked much more crisp on my camera screen so I was a little disappointed to find how blurry they actually are. But I still love them and cannot wait to experiment more!
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