The classic Holga camera finally goes digital

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The Holga, a favored toy camera of artists and photographers, will have a digital model thanks to Kickstarter.
The Holga, a favored toy camera of artists and photographers, will have a digital model thanks to Kickstarter.
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I have three Holga cameras sitting in a box with at least one still loaded with film. Plastic and unpredictable, the low-fi aesthetic makes portraits and landscapes look dreamy and from another time.

But film isn’t as easy or as cheap to develop, scan and print as it once was, so many photographers like me have watched the dust build up on these cameras while hoping a digital alternative would come along so we could relive the surprise and magic in a Holga picture.

The Hong Kong company that has been making Holga cameras since 1981 now has a digital offspring available on Kickstarter.

Holga Filter And FX Case For iPhone 5

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I’m not going to write up every single photo gadget that gets updated for the iPhone 5 (I’ll stop when Olloclip ships an updated version of its clip-on accessory lens, I promise). But as iPhone 5 gear is as thin on the ground as the iPhone 5 is thin in your hand, then the new Holga Filter Case is worth a mention — not least because is also gets a new color.

Extreme DIY: The $25,000 Holga

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Mike Martens put a $25,000 pro back onto a $25 camera
Mike Martens put a $25,000 pro back onto a $25 camera

What do you get if you rip the back off a cheap plastic Holga camera and gaffer-tape it to the front of a $25,000 Phase One digital camera back? You get the $25,000 Holga aka The Holga-Cam of the Apocalypse, a 22-megapixel beast that shoots exquisitely high-res images through a low-fi plastic lens. I love it.