March, April 2006.
I have both the S and N models. The N is a Holgamods (Randy Smith) hack and the S was a gift from my wife.
I like this camera. Lots. The S has a roll of Ilford Pan F Plus in it right now.
The Holga is essentially a toy. It has 4 focus zones and two aperture sizes, but all of that is really a crap shoot! It’s plastic, including the lens, and light leaks are common.
There’s a hack for getting closer to your subject… focusing past the single person icon by loosening a well hidden screw on the shutter assembly. It’s located in a deep well, and once you spin the screw out you’l be able to focus a bit closer. Great for portraits.
I don’t use either mask. And I spray painted the inside of the film bay flat black to eliminate any reflective glare and I laid a couple of strips of gaffer on either side of the film bay to keep the film from getting scratched as it transports from one spool to the other.
To stop light leaks, I tape the whole thing closed with gaffer. Works fine.
Film type: 120
Masks: 12 or 16 exposures
Shutter Speeds: 1/100 sec – Bulb
Aperture: ƒ/11 – ƒ/8 (sunny/cloudy)
Focal Length: 60mm
Dimensions: 5.3in x 3.7in x 6.8in