Thursday, July 22, 2010

holga puzzler

After waiting (get this) ten frigging days for my new Holga 120N to arrive (from NY, I might add--wtf?), I see that the shutter release adapter I ordered with my first Holga will not fit on this camera. My plan was (and still is) to have a Holga that I will only use for shooting infrared film, hence the reason I was counting on the shutter release adapter to fit this new camera.

The problem seems to be with the Holga's newly repositioned tripod mount. Two of my Holgas ( a yellow 120N and a black CFN) have a tripod mount that is NOT centered beneath the lens barrel, making them compatible with the shutter release adapter I bought a few years ago. The camera that arrived today (again the 120N) has a tripod mount that is centered directly under the lens barrel, so the adapter will not fit. (My purple Holga TLR also has the centered tripod mount.)

I just got off the phone with B&H (by the by, this was not the NY place from which I ordered the Holga that just arrived--B&H's delivery rocks) to find out if the 120N they have for sale there has the centered tripod mount and/or to find out if the shutter release they are currently selling there is compatible with the centered tripod mount. Unfortunately, the call didn't result in a clear answer either way and the description for the adapter didn't help much. (although based on what I could glean from the image of the shutter release adapter housed there, it appears to be like the one I already have--one that fits over the non-centered tripod mount.)

so yeah: sigh.

So here's my work around. Not wanting to spend the 16 bucks to see if the shutter release adapter has been redesigned (i.e., if it has not been and I want to return the piece, I have to pay for the return shipping), I decided to return the 120N that arrived today (I don't have to pay return shipping for this) and ordered another Holgawood version of the 120N as the Holgawoods all appear (again, based on the online images there) to have the decentered tripod mount. I know my yellow one does anyway. So fingers crossed that the images don't lie.

As an aside, I did try, however briefly, researching this incompatibility problem online. I did a google search and then searched within flickr specifically. Nothing. Which is odd. Normally if I'm experiencing some photo oddity, there are at least 2-3 others experiencing the same or something very similar. I mean, I think back now to my problem with the dead spider in the practika viewfinder. Though it didn't help resolve my problem (the dead spider is still there), I felt less alone when another person reported having the same problem.

So Holga-people, what gives?


Bill Wolff said...

Do you know about Holgamods? I got both of my Holgas there and Randy, the owner, is a great guy. He'll also modify Holgas that you send in.

BTW, I just tried 3 rolls of IR film on the Holga and I totally over-exposed. The guy at the lab where I have my film processed said that IR film needs *less* exposure time than normal. This went counter to everything I had read, but after seeing my results I believe it.

Also, when using the IR make sure the red window at the back of the Holga is covered and *do not uncover it*. The film is so sensitive that the few seconds it takes to wind the film is enough to have the film numbers from the paper transfer to the image. I have some great shots with those numbers in the background. Next time I'll have to count the winding clicks.

(I also have to get the images online. . . .)

Good luck!

remediate this said...

Yes, I know about Holgamods. I checked the site out when I got my first Holga--two years ago now. Wow.

I've not bought anything there though as I've found ways to do the hacks/mods I really wanted on my own. But I should probably check them out again to see if they talk about the tripod mount redesign.

Wow. I find the IR thing difficult to believe or understand. I think I read once that depending on the season, one needs more or less time for exposures than during other seasons, but my understanding has always been that IR needs more exposure time than other films. I've only shot one roll of IR to date and the exposure times were longer (I think I metered at 25 for 400 speed 35mm film). The roll came out okay, save for not having a whole lot of greenery at that time/place to work with.

When you get the images online, let me know where you've posted them. I'd love to check them out--as well as other of the images you've taken!

By the by, you mention the lab you use--do you have experience developing your own film? If not, I highly recommend it! Totally worthwhile!