Another Day Another Camera

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Matt Clara, Jun 14, 2006.

  1. Matt Clara

    Matt Clara Guest

    Yes, faithful friends, and the kooks and loons, too, last weekend on my (at
    least) annual trip to Chicago, I decided to do more than just browse Central
    Camera, I decided to buy a camera! No, it's not digital, in fact, it's not
    even 35mm (apologies for the OT post)--it's medium-format. One could say
    this camera has a stellar reputation for quality of lens and robustness of
    build, but one would have to be tongue in cheek, ignorant, or out-right
    lieing to do so--I bought a Holga. ;-)

    http://www.mattclara.com/misc/holga/ (three images roughly 170 KB each).
    Good fun, and surprisingly easy to use. Cost $19. Just look at that lovely
    lens flare!
     
    Matt Clara, Jun 14, 2006
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    hoarcroft Guest

    hoarcroft, Jun 14, 2006
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  3. Wow! That's a pretty neat effect! I don't know why, but if ever you want
    to get rid of that lens flare you can fashion a lens hood from an empty pork
    & beans can. Who says you can't do photography on the cheap? Definitely
    worth the $19 investment.






    Rita
     
    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Jun 14, 2006
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    Matt Clara Guest

    I think the whole thing's great fun. There's a couple others on that page
    without the lens flare, if you scroll down.
     
    Matt Clara, Jun 14, 2006
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    Wow! That's a pretty neat effect! I don't know why, but if ever you
    want
    to get rid of that lens flare you can fashion a lens hood from an empty
    pork
    & beans can. Who says you can't do photography on the cheap?
    Definitely
    worth the $19 investment.



    If you have a decent MF camera, what you do is get the lens-actually
    the front standard-off an old and now useless and worthless Polaroid
    Highlander-the smaller roll size camera.

    Look for a biue or beige one with a serial number starting with "L".
    The price is the same, two or three dollars.
     
    Bret Ludwig, Jun 14, 2006
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  6. Good for you Matt!! I heard each photograph will be different in
    exposure, etc. A work of art! Lens flare-------hey that's the beauty
    of it! Enjoy it!!
    Helen
     
    helensilverburg, Jun 14, 2006
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    nathantw Guest

    That first picture is frickin' outstanding. I really like it a lot. I
    guess it doesn't matter what type of equipment you have, it's the
    photographer that makes the difference. In this case it was the
    photographer and the lack of multi-coating on the lens.
     
    nathantw, Jun 14, 2006
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    Jeremy Guest

    Haven't you hear yet? Film is dead! So are lenses that don't focus
    themselves!

    He should be clapped in irons for even thinking about using a camera like
    that!

    :)
     
    Jeremy, Jun 14, 2006
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  9. When are you whippersnappers gonna learn that throwing money at
    your photos ain't gonna make them better?!!

    Not to mention the hackneyed gimmick of a center-spot diffusing
    filter...

    ;-)

    Anyway, it's hard to imagine you need a lens hood with that much
    vignetting. And I'd love to see the MTF scores on that baby - something
    like 0.3 lpmm at the edges...

    You got the waist-level finder, power winder, and scanning digital
    back for it though, right?

    Have fun!


    - Al.
     
    Al Denelsbeck, Jun 14, 2006
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    That_Rich Guest

    Great shots Matt.
    Better than _lens babies_.

    Glad to see someone here is *really* enjoying his photography.

    One of your Chicago trips you should stop by. I'm 1/2 mile off 94 at
    exit 19. Be glad to fire up the BBQ and have a few pops.

    Best,

    RP©
     
    That_Rich, Jun 15, 2006
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    Rob Novak Guest

    Good on ya. Best camera anywhere for urban street photography. If
    you get mugged for it, no great loss. ;-)
     
    Rob Novak, Jun 15, 2006
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  12. Funny you should say that. A guy pulled a knife on me the other day
    and forced a Holga on me. The next day I was out buying a handgun. Things
    like that make you rethink your whole attitude towards being armed...


    - Al.
     
    Al Denelsbeck, Jun 15, 2006
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    Walter Banks Guest

    With Matt's taste in expensive cameras it is possible that he might
    be mugged for the unexposed film in the camera. Great shots BTW

    w..
     
    Walter Banks, Jun 15, 2006
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    Bandicoot Guest

    Yeah, but while you can lead a snapper to Holga, you can't make him shoot...

    :)


    Peter
     
    Bandicoot, Jun 15, 2006
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    Matt Clara Guest


    Thanks Rich--I'm still thinking about buying a lensbaby, though. Do you
    have one, perchance? I'd love to stop by your place, unfortunately, I don't
    think Amtrak stops there. Perhaps you could wend your way downtown for
    dinner and some "pops"?
     
    Matt Clara, Jun 16, 2006
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    That_Rich Guest

    I don't think Amtrak stops here either although it passes 2 minutes
    from my house. Used to be a stop in Valparaiso but me thinks Amtrak
    discontinued that.

    Ah yes... I know of some great restaurants.

    We favor Mediterranean cuisine but we're open to anything... be glad
    to meet you in Chicago to have a meal. Happen to know some great
    *authentic* places off the beaten path.
    Gimmee a holler next time you're in town.

    RP©
     
    That_Rich, Jun 16, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I've been tempted to buy a Holga for years. Just got the 'blad last
    year so a better place to use 6x6 film. To get the Holga look I just
    leave the clear lens cap in place.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Jun 18, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I often exercise my right to bare arms and wear short sleeved shirts.
     
    Alan Browne, Jun 18, 2006
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    no_name Guest

    And I reserve the right to arm bears.
     
    no_name, Jun 18, 2006
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    DD Guest

    Cool pix, Matt. Tell me, how do you get that little icon to appear in
    the address bar of the browser when people visit your site? Can I do it
    in Dreamweaver?
     
    DD, Jun 19, 2006
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