We received a Holga GTLR through the post today, and figured you might want a brief hands-on mini review in the time being until we get a chance to take some photos (and take some photos of us taking some photos!).
We are also getting a standard plastic-lensed TLR shortly for rigorous testing, so will be running a side-by-side comparison of the two new cameras, to finally answer the question…is the glass lens worth it?
I’ll hopefully have some photos from the GTLR in the next few days, although it’s a completely standard Holga inside, so expect the expected picture-wise!
Excuse the crappy photos, I never got round to getting a DSLR!
Instead of the usual blue holga ‘monkey box’, the TLR comes in a fetching pink and black.
Inside the box is the TLR, an instruction sheet, a 6×4 mask (the 6×6 is already inside the camera), and the usual strap.
Right. here’s the main difference…the new TLR viewfinder. It pops up nicely, is circular, and is suprisingly clear. You get the greatest clarity from the viewfinder when positioning your eye about 6 inches and upwards from the viewfinder hood. As everyone thought, the viewfinder lens is fixed, and is not linked to focussing at all. It is solely used for framing your photo, which it actually does pretty well. It completely solves the old parrallax problem, horizontally anyway, but you do still need to adjust the camera vertically, as the viewfinder lens is a few inches above the ‘proper’ lens. The camera should work pretty well if you are taking photos of seascapes, enabling you to get a completely level horizon.
(That’s Beth tidying the lounge..oops!)
The inside is pretty much the same as the 120CN. You’ll be happy (?) to know that the aperture switch still doesn’t work either! The colour wheel flash is the same as on other flash-equipped models, although obviously placed in a different place.
Surprisingly, given it’s bulky nature, the holga fits quite nicely in your hands. The most comfortable position was ‘cupping’ the camera from below (ooo-er), and using my right thumb on the shutter release. The aperture switch is quite hard to get to due to it’s position between the two lenses, but that’s not a big deal due it’s lack of function!
Most people will use the waist level finder, although there is the option of pushing down the front flap of the viewfinder ‘box’ to create a basic eye level finder.
And that’s about that! Just a quick run-through of the GTLR, with some photos to follow in a few days when I can get some time to use the darkroom.
Any questions or photo requests, just leave a comment below!