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    Talking May this be the best MF glass yet?

    Well, this is meant to lighten a bit the recent heathen debate and sometimes not to pleasant atmosphere that some posts brought to the forum lately.

    So, back to the title: glass? Plastic? Well, here is the story: no matter what I am shooting, I always bring film along (wether it's 135 or 120 depends on the rest of the gear I bring along), and almost always I bring with me an Holga too. First, I really do like the output a lot for what it does; second, it is always fun to see the customers' faces when - in the middle of a shoot, after using the big guns for a while (D3, Phase 1, Leica, whatever I am using at the time) - I mention that I will now shoot them using the latest and best camera out of the last Chinese technological researches, and.. out comes my beaten, ugly, kept-together-by-tape, inimitable, Holga!

    Sticking on top of it my strobo remote and starting to shoot, takes just a second - and my ProFoto lights work just perfectly with it!

    So here is a couple of images, out of a maternity shoot:







    All shot with a Holga & ProFoto lights with Ilford Pan F+ 50, developed in 510-Pyro and scanned with the newly arrived Hasselblad X5.

    Enjoy!
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    Re: May this be the best MF glass yet?

    There is a certain unique and hard to reproduce atmosphere to these shots.
    Truly examples of the Holga glow.
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    Holga glow.
    -bob
    Bob!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    There is a certain unique and hard to reproduce atmosphere to these shots.
    Truly examples of the Holga glow.
    -bob
    Not to mention the time that the built-in vignette saves you in PP!
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    I need to see if I can get a Holga lens on a Cambo WDS mount.
    -bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by vieri View Post
    Not to mention the time that the built-in vignette saves you in PP!
    These are gorgeous captures...I am sure that the couple is overjoyed!
    Very nicely done....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    I need to see if I can get a Holga lens on a Cambo WDS mount.
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    Alpa adapter?

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Truly examples of the Holga glow.
    -bob
    Yes, I can see it.....really....it's even better than the glow from my Leica R glass.

    But maybe it's the wonderfully expectant mother's natural glow...probably would make even the image from a pinhole camera shine.

    Really wonderful images Vieri!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    I need to see if I can get a Holga lens on a Cambo WDS mount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    Alpa adapter?

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    Chop it off the Holga with an axe, duct tape it to a WDS plate Glass quality will not suffer much, I am sure - it might even improve!
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    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    These are gorgeous captures...I am sure that the couple is overjoyed!
    Very nicely done....

    Bob
    ...they didn't see these yet I sent them the P45+ ones, these they will get tomorrow... will let you guys know how did they like them
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    Quote Originally Posted by bensonga View Post
    Yes, I can see it.....really....it's even better than the glow from my Leica R glass.

    But maybe it's the wonderfully expectant mother's natural glow...probably would make even the image from a pinhole camera shine.

    Really wonderful images Vieri!

    Gary
    Thank you Gary, glad you liked them! Expecting mothers are always a joy to shoot, they all have a special beauty to them Now that you mention pinhole, I actually thought about it, and would have tried with a Pinhole... Holga, of course - but then again, I thought they wouldn't like to stay still for THAT long...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vieri View Post
    ...they didn't see these yet I sent them the P45+ ones, these they will get tomorrow... will let you guys know how did they like them
    These are great. No doubt they will like these, maybe even more (with the "Holga Glow" mentioned above). The forum needs a separate Holga section!
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    ... love it, Vieri
    Thanks for bringing us back to photography.

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    Re: May this be the best MF glass yet?

    Which Holga is that and which lens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by s.agar View Post
    These are great. No doubt they will like these, maybe even more (with the "Holga Glow" mentioned above). The forum needs a separate Holga section!
    Thank you very much! In fact they did like these a lot, which made me happy - I love to add some odd stuff to my shoots.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steen View Post
    ... love it, Vieri
    Thanks for bringing us back to photography.
    Thank you very much Steen, glad you enjoyed them photography... at times, on tech forums, we might forget what the purpose of all the gear is - it is good to remind myself from time to time that we can achieve good images with whatever gear. Not that I don't like my P45+ and high-end gear, of course

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    Which Holga is that and which lens?
    Just the regular one, I think the lens is a 60 mm f8, with the fantastic "1 people - 3 people - 7 people - 1 mountain" focus scale on it
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    Re: May this be the best MF glass yet?

    These are lovely. You've inspired me to dig out my crappy little Lensbaby and play a little.

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    OK, screw it. I'm going out today to buy a holga and play with it. You convinced me. Too fun!

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    Re: May this be the best MF glass yet?

    I think i need a scanner, i can't afford that Hasselblad Drum Scanner, also Nikon is limited for large format, Epson scanners are more affordable and can go for large format [8x10] but it is not in same class as the Hasselblad and the Nikon, so what to do?

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    The Epson V750 tests very close to the Nikon 9000, and that is the route I took. If I ever want more, I will save up for an Imacon/Hasselblad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tokengirl View Post
    These are lovely. You've inspired me to dig out my crappy little Lensbaby and play a little.
    Cool, I am glad I could be of service It would be great if you'd post some pics for us all to see, I always have been interested in the Lensbaby but could never find one around to play with... how do you find it? (beside crappy, of course... )

    Quote Originally Posted by jklotz View Post
    OK, screw it. I'm going out today to buy a holga and play with it. You convinced me. Too fun!
    Holgas are fun indeed! You'll see, it's a bit of a one-trick pony, but very good at the trick it does...

    Quote Originally Posted by Professional View Post
    I think i need a scanner, i can't afford that Hasselblad Drum Scanner, also Nikon is limited for large format, Epson scanners are more affordable and can go for large format [8x10] but it is not in same class as the Hasselblad and the Nikon, so what to do?
    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    The Epson V750 tests very close to the Nikon 9000, and that is the route I took. If I ever want more, I will save up for an Imacon/Hasselblad.
    IMHO, having had both the Nikon 9000 and the Epson, I may say that they might test close under testing environments, but in real world use I found quite a bit of difference between the two; to get results somehow close to the Nikon's, one has to fiddle much more with the Epson both hardware & software. But of course, the price difference is there for something: it's basically the same when you move up to the Hassy X5; 5 times the price of the 9000 (in my local at least, here Nikon stuff is pricey), but 5 times as fast, easier in operation to get maximum quality, a little more resolution, plus of course the possibility to scan large format. As with everything, every incremental step up in IQ costs exponentially more that's the way it is... we need decide if that 10% more IQ is worth 200% the price (or more), plus there is always the gear slut inside us at work!
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    Re: May this be the best MF glass yet?

    I will go with V750 anyway, not worthy to buy Nikon, and i wish to have enough money to get that Hasselblad scanner, but i have a lab here that can develop film for me so i don't need to buy so expensive one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Professional View Post
    I will go with V750 anyway, not worthy to buy Nikon, and i wish to have enough money to get that Hasselblad scanner, but i have a lab here that can develop film for me so i don't need to buy so expensive one.
    The 750 is very good for a flatbed scanner, more than enough for web use and if you don't want to print too big. Having a lab close-by when needed is probably the best and most cost-effective solution for when you need larger scans.
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