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02-07-2007, 02:49 PM   #1
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Sharpness is over-rated

A little more than a week ago I purchased a modified Holga lens for the Pentax K mount from and I have to admit I love this hunk of plastic junk!

It's either the best or worst $45 I've spent.

Focusing is a joke (it works better as a fixed focus lens unless you're shooting a subject closer than 6 feet). Images lack sharpness, colors are way off, the edges of the frame are a complete blur, chromatic aberration and ghosting are serious problems.

That said, I don't think I've had more "fun" with a lens since moving from film to digital several years ago.

A client saw an 8x10 print of my daughter that I took with my K10D and the Holga lens and the client actually asked me to do a Valentine's Day portrait of her and her daughter "in the same style." I'll be shooting the portraits this Friday.

I never thought I'd be using this lens for work. Heck, I have a hard time calling this "thing" a lens ... it literally is a Holga lens that has been hacked off a Holga and mounted to a Pentax body cap with a minor modification to the plastic "lens" element to allow for "some" level of accurate focus. It's kind of like a Lens Baby lens ... though I actually like the results from this Holgamod lens more than the results I got from a Lens Baby last year.

Anyway, I thought I'd mention this lens since I like it and a client actually wants to pay me to use it.

02-07-2007, 02:52 PM   #2
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I've had my Holga(mod) for about 2 months now... but I have yet to actually develop anything out of it! I've really got to get off my butt because I'm really excited to see how my photos are going to turn out.

Do you have any examples of how the lens looks with your K10D?

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