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Throw away the rule book
Member Name: MissFrosty
Advantages: Creates unique and beautiful images
Disadvantages: You may become addicted
As a professional photographer, who shoots digital, it's nice to throw away the rule book and chuck a film into my Holga. Made almost solely out of plastic, and with two settings for exposure and 4 for focusing this is raw photography with a good dollop of chance thrown into the mix. Holgas are notorious for vignetting and leaking light, but that is all part of their charm. With digital and modern cameras it's so easy to get the perfect exposure, it makes a refreshing change to just forget all that and see what comes out. It may help to have an understanding of photography, to increase your chances of getting the exposure correct, but it's so simple anyone could use it. (In fact I believe it says toy camera on the box) Disadvantages are that when you're using film it's increasingly more expensive to buy and get the film developed. (But this will be much cheaper using 35mm film as opposed to the original 120 Holga) Also you have to be prepared that the images will not look perfect, and may not even come out at all. But, if you wanted nice clean, perfectly exposed images you wouldn't be buying a holga!
Summary: You may become a Holga nut