I travel with my mom in March to Japan and opted to bring my little holga since it was extremely light and film was fairly cheap. I learned a very important lesson: Toy Cameras are toys.
Holga is a Chinese company that made their affordable line so that everyone in China could have a way to take photos. A humble beginning and stance.
We went on a little cruise to Catalina not too long ago and had some fun with it there: Holga Catalina Adventures
This was the Holgas first time out of the continent. Even though I had a good time capturing shots here and there and appreciated the light load from city to city, I was grateful I brought along the real deal too. This post features Tokyo Cherry Blossoms and Tokyo DisneySea.
Here’s what I got back from development.
Holga 120N. Ilford HP5 Black and White Film.
My lovely mom.
And here’s the real deal, Canon 5dmarkiii which I was so happy I lugged around!
In Tokyo. Cherry Blossoms and some other flower snaps at a local store. I found out my favorite flower is Ranunculus and after this blog post figured out how to spell it- always a plus 🙂
Also made a new friend.
In conclusion, I will be doing more experimentation with 35mm film and my AE-1.
The Holga was fun while it lasted and will keep its spot on the shelf for now. I still have 4 reels of film the ref ridge so its return is inevitable.