A bit of Color – Holga again


Not happen often, because I prefer to shoot in b/w film and develop it by myself, something certainly less complicated than the color and also for economic reasons (at least here in Italy the costs for lab-development of a color negative reached 8 € or more) , but when it takes …. it takes. At times a bit of color can not miss. Besides, I wanted to see how would the Holga GN work in this case.



What better opportunity, then, for a short trip in a sunny morning in late November to assess this behavior? A roll of Fujifilm Pro 400 H expired a couple of years ago… and go!


The results were nice, the infamous vignetting limited and not always too intrusive or annoying, and the overall yield basically not so far away from cameras that are not considered simple toys: a confirmation that what matters is what you shoot and how shooting, rather than the tools used to do it. The choice of these tools (camera, lens, film, etc.) must be precisely used consciously for our expressive purposes and will never be them, individually, to improve the way we take pictures.



The Holga GN has specific characteristics which, if well known and used by the photographer, can lead to significant expressive results, as clearly demonstrated by famous photographers worldwide. I like it and planning to use it a lot …. so, after this roll I immediately ordered another (and additional tele and wide angle adapters), even considering circulating rumors about interruption (and it would be a real shame) of its production. Stay tuned! 😉

(Versione Italiana)

Non capita spesso perché preferisco scattare in bianco e nero e sviluppare da me i negativi, cosa sicuramente meno complicata rispetto al colore ed anche per motivi economici (almeno qui in Italia i costi per lo sviluppo di un negativo hanno raggiunto e superato gli 8 euro), ma quando ci vuole…. ci vuole. In certe occasioni un po’ di colore non può mancare. E poi, volevo vedere come si sarebbe comportata la Holga GN in questo caso.

Quale migliore occasione allora, di una breve gita in un’assolata mattinata di fine novembre per verificare questo comportamento? Un rullo di Fujifilm Pro 400 H scaduto da un paio d’anni… e via!

I risultati sono stati piacevoli, la famigerata vignettatura contenuta e non sempre troppo evidente o fastidiosa e la resa generale in fondo non così distante da fotocamere che non vengono considerate semplici giocattoli, A conferma che, quello che conta è ciò che si fotografa e come lo si fotografa, più che il mezzo usato per farlo. La scelta dei mezzi infatti (fotocamera, lenti, pellicola etc.) dev’essere utilizzata consapevolmente per i nostri fini espressivi e non saranno mai loro, da soli, a migliorare il nostro modo di fotografare.

La Holga GN ha delle caratteristiche ben precise che, se ben conosciute ed utilizzate dal fotografo, possono portare a risultati espressivi notevoli, come ampiamente dimostrato da famosi fotografi in tutto il mondo. A me piace e non solo intendo usarla parecchio…. ma dopo questo rullo ne ho subito ordinata un’altra (oltre agli aggiuntivi tele e grandangolo), anche considerando che circolano notizie sull’interruzione (e sarebbe un vero peccato) della sua produzione. Restate sintonizzati! 😉

Tech data:

Camera: Holga 120 GN – Film: Fujifilm Pro H 400 – Scanner: Epson V550

6 thoughts on “A bit of Color – Holga again

  1. Aaah! The first one! What timeless tint, really lovely. And the last but one, the path draws into the picture. Excellent.
    I have never used a Holga but the home developed film always has that dreamy character, quite different from digital (yeck!).

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  2. The Holga provides a neat alternative to the “literalness” of modern gear. That said, I suspect one could get similar results with a 35mm Argus C3, which will never break, and … if you collect enough of them, you can build a house (or at least a nice wall) out of them. Have you shopped around different color labs? In my neighborhood the price for 120 C41 develop ranges from $10 to $3.95 – and the cheapest place actually does the best work.

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    1. Ahahah Steve, the Argus are really “bricks”! I’d like to have one but, unfortunately, these are sold almost only in USA and shipping & custom fees are unbearable. Regarding the labs here in Rome (Italy) the local labs developing film are all vanished in last years and just give the rolls to a centralized service. Anyway… I mostly shot b/w and develop by myself… 😉


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