The Holga K205 camera that I simply like to call the Holga Cat camera is a standard automatic 35mm camera except it comes with lighting effects and most importantly – a cat sound. Not to be confused with the K202 addition which has a white body and comes in a cat tin (the main difference is the white version plays 5 different cat sounds as the orange version just plays 1 and doesn’t come in a tin). This camera was actually a present to my friend Ana years and years ago but she recently regifted the camera to me because she had only used it once and I really wanted to add it into my lomography camera collection (still available on Ebay btw, but the white version which I was holding out for has been impossible to find for years). The camera although intended to make it easier to grab any cats attention so you can capture all your cat photography doesn’t necessary work on that side of things with my cat but it’s still a good classic 35mm camera that will give you photos reminiscent of the 90s. I haven’t taken photos with it yet and might never as it’s really just a gimmick camera however I did test it out with Butter so you can see the video below.
Every year I like to look and see what new toy cameras are available and what I am missing from my collection put together a list of what I’d love to add to my collection. So this is my wish list of toy cameras in 2015, it’s a mix of discontinued cameras, Kickstarters, ones you build yourself, vintage and the like. A girl can dream…
Holga K202 (hard to find but the other version K205 is on Ebay)
I think I’ve been spending too much time this week in the sun because I’ve been thinking about giving my Holgaroid one more chance…even though last summer I swore I’d never use it again. If you don’t know why I don’t favor this camera, you can check out my review (here)… but long story short it’s a right pain and wastes a ton of film with failed shots. I’d just love to see instant photos from my Holga. The process of taking a whole film roll and then process it at home and scanning the negatives and color correcting the negatives is just not how I want to be spending my summer weekends. Plus now that I’m getting more use to taking double exposures with instant film, I’d love to try with the Holgaroid and see the results. I have also been considering the newer Diana F+ instant back that uses Fuji mini instax film. It’s a much newer product and maybe the reliability is higher than the Holgaroid but the reviews I find online leave me a little cold (plus I’d have to buy it, which at full price is $100). Thought I’d share some old Holgaroid photos and see what you opinions are, let me know in the comments! I also rescanned the photos since the review and they look a lot better! I know I promised two weeks ago to have some Split-Cam photos today but haven’t had a chance to get the film developed.
My Toy Camera Collection
Holga 120 CFN
My first ever toy camera, I bought it at a local photography store back in 2007. It is the dearest one to my heart, you can check out photos I’ve taken with this guy: here, here, here, here , here and here! I don’t have a review but I do have a profile of this camera, here!
Holga Tim (purple edition)
This is also probably one of my favourite cameras, it goes with me everywhere. I bought this for myself as a Christmas present and it’s design really makes other people smile. Wish I could own one in every color, lol. You can see my review of it here! I also have photos of it here, here, here and here!
Diana F+ (Hudson Bay edition)
One of my newer toy cameras, I bought it off of Kijiji used for only $50 which is pretty amazing for the Diana camera with the flash. Didn’t have a say in the design but I really dig it…still haven’t really fallen in love with the camera overall. Feel like I’m a Holga girl and not a Diana one, lol. I have photos I’ve taken with it here!
Bought this two years ago after realizing how painful it would be to get my Super8 camera film developed. The LomoKino is really neat and a great alternative to people who want to create video with film. It doesn’t take much to finish a roll though but I found it really fun to try. Going to be making more mini-movies with it this summer. You can check out one I did last year at Piknic Electronik, here!
Disderi Robot 3
Love, love, love this camera. One of the biggest surprises, I mean for $10 and from Ebay you don’t expect much but this camera is delightful. Always with me to take silly photos while on vacation. I’ve done a review of it, here. Photo taken with it here, here, here, and here and here!
Holgaroid (Holga 120 GFN with Polaroid attachment)
Probably one of the most frustrating cameras I’ve ever owned and also one of the most expensive. I bought the camera and the Holga Polaroid back together used for $100 (although it’s a good deal since the attachment itself is $100 and at the time wasn’t being made anymore). If you want more information I have my review, here and photos here!
Another frustrating camera, but it does have a special place in my heart since it was my 2nd toy camera and a birthday present I bought for myself 4 years ago. It a neat idea for a camera but I wish it was better built and implemented. I have a review, here and a profile of it, here. Photos are here, here, here, here and here!
Diana Mini (Love is in the Air edition)
Another used camera off of Kijiji for less than 50% of the normal price, and honestly it’s one of my favourite designs for Diana Mini’s. I haven’t used it much since the sizing of the frames are so strange and I just know the local film developers wouldn’t print it off correctly. Have 2 rolls in my fridge all ready to be printed when I start doing color developement.
The only toy camera I bought while on vacation, this guy is from the old Toronto Lomography store ( I think? I might be making that up but I remember looking at these at the store). I was really excited for this camera but again because of the special size of the negatives I wanted to home develop the film and my first ‘test’ roll in black and white made me realize this camera is made for color. You can check out my test roll, here!
Another cheap Ebay camera, this one happens to be my newest one! I tracked it down because I’ve seen them floating around for the last few years and it looked like they might stop selling thems oon. They come in so many different juice boxes and milk teas designs. I really wanted the peach one but it’s really hard to find. Waiting to develop the 2 rolls I’ve taken with it.
Purchased on Amazon when I was buying books and it flashed up as an add on for only $12. I can’t wait to show you photos I’ve taken with the Split-Cam. I’ve only taken one roll with it last summer and another roll this weekend but my next Lomography Wednesday post in 2 weeks will actually be from this neat camera.
Disderi Robot 4
Bought this at the same time as the Disderi Robot 3 camera since they were so cheap. It’s hard to remember this guy when it’s a standard 4 lens toy camera and the 3 lens version of it is so much neater. Hope to run it through it’s paces at some point. $10 cameras from Ebay are hard to resist.
I bought this camera for a photo project I’m doing with Victor last summer when I thought making gifs was going to be my newest obession. We are collecting photos for it slowly so I image I will mostly be using it for the project and not sharing many but look out!
SuperSampler (Silver edition)
Picked up mine from Kijiji used for only $20 and still haven’t gotten around to taking photos with it…it also has a roll of film that was left in it from the original owner that I have no idea what to do with.
This is a toy and vintage camera that I received when my grandmother died. Never been able to get the flash working but it’s a cool edition to the collection. I’ve done a review of it here!
No idea why I haven’t tested this little guy it, I’ve had it since Lomography started producing 110 film again and I found it for under $10 on Ebay. I’ve had a roll of 110 film for it in my fridge for over a year too just ready to go. I just feel like I should bring it somewhere where the spy element of it’s size is useful.
So that’s it, my toy camera collection! I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. There are just so many cameras available these days and it seems lately the prices from the Lomography ones keep going higher and higher in the last few years. Although as you can see most of the Lomography cameras (ie the expensive ones) were bought used and the rest are mostly cheap Asian market cameras that honestly do an awesome job. So if you think I have piles of money to buy cameras – I really don’t. I think the most important aspect of toy cameras is their affordability. It’s better to spend the money on development and film – not the camera. Besides missing a few key cameras like Fujifilm Instax, and larger format Holga cameras I probably have at least one of every type of ‘trick’ available which is kind of neat. If you really want to see photos from one of the cameras I currently don’t have posts for let me know in the comments. Except the last camera I’ve actually taken photos with all the cameras but simply haven’t had a chance to develop the film for them yet. So it’ll be a good kick in the butt and I’ll know what ones people are interested in seeing :)
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
*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:
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.
Igloofest is officially over in Montreal and now I have to wait another year to go dancing in freezing temperatures. We only managed to go once which was too bad but I wasn’t able to convince Victor to go out again. The DJs change every year so some years there just isn’t a reason to go that often. I have some crazy memories of Igloofest, so I decided to look back at photos I’ve taken there and found ones from 2012 that I took with my Holga Tim. They are pretty bad, I think this was the first time I ever used the Holga Tim with the flash. I like the abstract ones with the distorted lights. I defiantly need more practice using my Holga Tim with flash, I am usually not a big fan of using flash but it’d be good to learn because it’s nice bring toy cameras to events like these where I’m worried about damaging my Nikon camera these were taken the same month on my trip to Toronto in 2012 so I thought I’d share them as well
It is starting to snow here so I thought I’d share some Holga photographs I toke back in 2011 of me and Victor walking around our old neighborhood to visit our friends in the Basement. The ones of the masks were taken on our old apartment’s back porch that went down onto an open rooftop. I miss that house and being able to walk a few blocks to visit friends, it feels like such a long time ago. I look so grumpy in the one Victor toke of me, lol. I have lots of photos to share with you guys coming up in the new year taken by this guy, it’s been really nice starting to use my CFN version more and getting back into the feel of it. My profile of me with it went up last week if you haven’t check that out, here.
Today for my series about me and my cameras I wanted to show my Holga CFN 120. The Holga was the first toy camera I ever owned and it has travelled with me all over the States and Canada faithfully by my side for over 5 years. It will always be my favourite toy camera and it has a special place in my heart as through it I discovered the joys of multiple exposures. Although not all smooth sailing as my version is actually the faulty model so even though I have the color flash attached to the body, my flash has never worked since I bought it which means I always missed out on the color flash option people love about Holga cameras. Regardless of only being able to use it in the daylight I have always been enamored with it and cracking the code of this gem. I remember when I first got it I was too poor to even get film developed so a lot of my early film usually ended up sitting around the house for years so it was an adventure when I finally did. I even bought Victor the special Anniversary addition that glows in the dark for our first Christmas together as he always loved my photos of it. I actually just got back into my Holga and realized that out of all my toy cameras it’s the one I’ve always been the happiest with the results. So I’ve been taking it on walks with me for the last 2 months and been happily getting back into the swing of things. I hope to show you lots of Holga photos in the new year, until then more shots of me and my Holga on one of our newest walks!
This summer Victor and me spent a lot of time exploring our neighborhood around our new house and that meant going for walks around the Jacques Cartier bridge. I have a pile of photos from my toy cameras Holga Tim and Disderi Robot on our bridge walks so I thought hey what better way to spend Lomography Wednesday that show you those as it was one of the best parts of summer for me. I cannot believe it’s the last week of September already. It’s great to still be getting photos from the summer developed and getting reminded of those great moments of summer. I am excited for the leaves to start to change and fall. Haven’t decided which toy camera to start focusing on next but I think I’ll be trying out my Diana F+ and Diana Mini. So look out for those in October!
*for more shots taken on the bridge I have some neat ones with my vintage Kodak Brownie camera: here