Holga Infrared Set Up

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I went out and bought a new Holga 120N because the 46->52mm step up ring did not fit on my Holga 120CFN. This leads me to believe that my eBay aquired Holga 120CFN is a knock off. Including my 120WPC (which I know you are all dying to see), I now own 3 Holgas.

Anyways... pictured here is my infrared Holga set up. The 46->52mm step up ring screws right into the plastic lens barrel. I use a Hoya 52mm Infrared (R72) filter and I even got a nice 52mm lens cap for it. I have never taped my 120CFN and have never got any light leaks with it, but for my Infrared set up I did use black electrical tape over the red film window and over all the seams. After each shot, I quickly peaked under the tape while advancing the film and put the tape back into place.

I used exposure times of approximately 1 second in sunny conditions, 4 seconds in the shade, and 8,16,32 seconds in deeper shade. I "bracketed" a few shots taking the same image using the exposure I thought was correct and then taking another with double that exposure. It seems that the longer exposure was always better.

I used Efke IR820film, which at $10/roll is not cheap, but not a wallet buster either. The only thing about Efke films is they rhyme with "slinky" for a good reason... they are a pain in the ass to scan cause they roll up like a derby jammer!

Nikon D40 with Nikon 18-55mm II lens @ 38mm f/5.6 ISO 200, 1/60 sec, with a Nikon SB400 flash.

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18 responses

  • Mandolin Davis

    Mandolin Davis gave props (18 Jul 2008):

    i am seriously considering purchasing a holga.

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (18 Jul 2008):

    I can't wait to see the pics from your camera.

  • Daniel Go

    Daniel Go gave props (18 Jul 2008):

    Hey hey hey, Cool, Might try this with my Holga :) Thanks for the tips man!!

  • Becky Cote

    Becky Cote said (18 Jul 2008):

    I am totally stealing this camera from you!

  • rizky nurfa'ni

    rizky nurfa'ni gave props (18 Jul 2008):

    wanna have one of this!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (19 Jul 2008):

    You lost me at "step up ring," but I'm sure the pics will rock.

  • Jim Robertson

    Jim Robertson said (21 Jul 2008):

    Struan's reaction was the same as mine. A knock-off Holga? C'mon! Ha ha.

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee said (21 Jul 2008):

    Jim, I'm completely serious about the knock-off Holga. My 120CFN is from the eBay seller xinhaicc from Hong Kong. I know that Diana's were made by competing Chinese companies in the 60's, so why not Holga's today? Again, the fact that the filter adapter doesn't fit (which means the lens is a slightly different size than all other Holga FN & CFN's that I have seen) means it must have been made from a different mold.

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee said (21 Jul 2008):

    ...And to answer Esso, this "real" Holga 120N exibits light leaks (as does Nicole's 120S) my "knock-off" 120CFN has no light leaks whatsoever. Which kinda sucks, really.

  • Magda Beda

    Magda Beda said (22 Jul 2008):

    Niceeeee!

  • Steve Wilson

    Steve Wilson (Deleted) said (30 Jul 2008):

    Different and excellent composition on this one.

  • Joven DelaCruz

    Joven DelaCruz said (22 Oct 2008):

    i love holga. cool.

  • Joven DelaCruz

    Joven DelaCruz said (22 Oct 2008):

    do you have sample shots with that infrared filter? I also want to try the efkeIR820 film;)

  • Rolando Guardiola

    Rolando Guardiola said (27 Nov 2008):

    thank you so much for sharing this information. I love IR photography and Holga pics. I also wondered if the plastic nature of the Holga would render IR film unusable but you proved that wrong. Thank you again!!

  • stouf

    stouf (Deleted) said (9 Jan 2009):

    Makes me wanna try IR...

  • Martha Hughes

    Martha Hughes said (14 Jun 2009):

    I love the photos that you can produce with Holga's. I bought a 120N but haven't used it yet.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 Jul 2009):

    So, how come we can't vote for your photo essay? It rocks.

  • Dilshad Aroos

    Dilshad Aroos (Deleted) gave props (10 Sep 2010):

    I've got to have one of them Holgas....Thanks for sharing your techniques.

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