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    Default HOLGA FOR 4/3 - pictures included

    Well I have been kind of excited about the arrival of the cheap, plastic Holga lens that I ordered last month from ebay. With the Postal strike in Canada starting just days after I placed the order - I knew that I was in for a little bit of a wait. And so it arrived in the mail box today.

    Talk about cheap (price wise) at $18.88 - - - although on further examining of the lens you begin to wonder if that price is a rip off. it is about as cheaply built a lens as you could expect (all plastic), there is lots of slop in the mount, and the focusing ring is rather stiff. But man is it fun to use, and it actually looks pretty handsome on my E-PL1.

    A wonderful feature of the E-PL1 is the ability to zoom in while focusing, making it much easier to get accurate focus - which is especially a challenge with this slow f8 lens. Also Exposure appeared to be set automatically so all I had to do was set the camera to Auto ISO, Program Mode, focus and shoot. I also tried a couple of the Art Filters for some fun. I had never tried the Soft Focus and find it much more usable than I anticipated (the LCD graphic shows blown highlights).

    Anne and I headed out to Tim Hortons for a coffee and so I took the camera along to play with the settings and take a few shots. All were taken at 2000 ISO.

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    Default Re: HOLGA FOR 4/3 - pictures included

    All pictures are straight out of the camera uncropped [ just resized for web. All that's missing from a real Holga, is all the light creeping in the edges. Have to add that in post processing I suppose.

    A shot I took as soon as I got home from the post office and quickly mounted the lens on my camera on the porch


    Tim Hortons Sign Board


    Steeped Tea and a Glazed Cinnamon Bun
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    People lined up at the till


    Tried out the Grainy Black and White Art Filter


    And then the Soft Focus Art Filter
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    Default Re: HOLGA FOR 4/3 - pictures included

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    i want to see em
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    Hi

    I see them ... interesting look & texture.
    Were these post-processed at all?

    Was thinking of getting one myself just to experiment.
    Photos aren't always about getting the sharpest, truest image - sometimes they're about art!

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    Were these post-processed at all?
    I opened them up in Photoshop and ran my resizing for web algorithm - that is it. This is what they look like as shot.

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    20 bucks, you say...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neddog View Post
    20 bucks, you say...?
    BTW - incase anyone didn't notice - - - the link to where I purchased this lens is in the first post if you cclick on the word "ebay". 20 bucks indeedy.

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    I took the opportunity this afternoon, to get out in some midday lighting with some favorite local subjects of mine - and see where I could make use of the Holga lens and generally just see how it fares in daylight conditions. Again, my settings for the E-PL1 were Program Mode (dialing in plus and minus exposure compensation when needed) and Auto ISO. Being it was bright outside, there were only certain subjects that I was able to focus on using the zoom in feature of the LCD screen - - - the rest I just used the graphics on the lens, which was fairly easy as just about all subjects except for ones maybe within 15 to 20 feet were pretty well at the infinity setting.


    1) I started off on my porch to see how a closer focus object and line running out to infinity would look.


    2) I shot the Van dash to see some text and lines for focusing


    3) After a 15 minute drive into the countryside, I arrived at my pretty location


    4) A close by field
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    5) Some flowers in the ditch required closer focusing


    6) Same with these tiger lilys surrounding a small lake (got attacked by tons of black flies)


    7 ) A dead end road leads to the small lake - this sign stands in the field across the road


    8 ) Shot across the lake from a small clearing
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    9 ) A golden field leading to the highway


    10 ) This was my favorite and so I took some time shooting using various minus exposure compensations from minus 0.7 to minus 1 1/3 stops - - - and used some advanced Photoshop techniques to balance the extreme lighting of the scene


    11 ) I think that the E=PL1 and the Holga make a handsome pairing
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    Hello Rob, I kind of like the vignetting that lens creates. Sharpness is not too shabby either. I've got $20 to toss, I'll get one.
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    Hi

    Your most recent stuff is very good.
    The softness and grain make the photo look more like a painting.
    #10 is especially nice.

    I may just get me one of those!
    Or, maybe there's a Holga plugin for Photoshop!

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    Or, maybe there's a Holga plugin for Photoshop!
    Probably is. I've been emulating the Holga look with post processing for some time for some of my work. Come to think of it, my Nik Software has such a Holga effect in the Silver Effex app.

    This is much more fun though. And even a Photoshop emulation is not going to give the same kind of blurriness and especially the lousy Bokeh as is shown in the clothesline shot and other squirrely artifacts I see. And it takes NO EXTRA TIME to create such a shot.

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    The images... she is not showing
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    Yeah - I am having some issues with my server and am on it right now trying to get things resolved. I think they show and then disappear - or it could be that they are visible in different areas. I am able to see them and I know others are as well. hopefully things will get fixed for me before long. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Watcher View Post
    Probably is. I've been emulating the Holga look with post processing for some time for some of my work. Come to think of it, my Nik Software has such a Holga effect in the Silver Effex app.

    This is much more fun though. And even a Photoshop emulation is not going to give the same kind of blurriness and especially the lousy Bokeh as is shown in the clothesline shot and other squirrely artifacts I see. And it takes NO EXTRA TIME to create such a shot.
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    @robert: Just a heads up, but your entire server is inaccessible, not just images.
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    Firefox can't find the server at www.robertwatcher.com.
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    Thanks. My server is apparently under DDOS attack right now and we are attempting to get it resolved as quickly as possible. Pictures should show up again before too long. Some people are still able to access my www.robertwatcher.com website while others can't. Thankfully things like this don't happen often.

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    That's no DDOS, it's the thousands of image hungry Holga customers

    Just went through a server vulnerability myself a few days back -- good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nepherim View Post
    That's no DDOS, it's the thousands of image hungry Holga customers

    Just went through a server vulnerability myself a few days back -- good luck.

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    Sorry about the issue with images from my server not showing up. I have switched the image urls to files that I have on my Flickr account. You should now be able to view the Holga/E-PL1 combo pictures I took last night and this afternoon.

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    i can see the images now.
    you took some awesome shots, they got a special look and feel.



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    Default Re: HOLGA FOR 4/3 - pictures included

    This lens looks like great fun; much more fun than the pin-wide I have. This one has just the right amount of flaws to be useful. The pinwide is over the top.
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