Holga 120 WPC

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Holga has come out with the 120 WPC--wide angle pinhole camera. The camera exposes two medium format frames for a 60x120mm negative (as compared to the 24x36mm negative from 35mm film). This creates a nice panorama, capturing about 120 degrees of what's in front of the camera.

The pinhole creates an aperature equivalent to f/133, which essentially means you get infinite depth of field--everything is in focus. It also means you have to exposure for a super long time. This shot was done with a 10 second exposure. So a tripod and release cable are a must.

Upside--From my first few rolls I would say the 120 WPC takes pretty sharp images while still maintaining the dreaminess of the pinhole. Check out the Flick group, people seem to be doing some great stuff with it.

Downside--I don't develop my own film... And using a pinhole is tricky because of the long exposure times that have to be estimated... So if I calculate the cost of the medium format film, of which I use two per shot, and then the cost of development, scanning, and waste due to bad shots, each good shot is costing me about 10 US dollars. Ouch!

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  1. peggyhr 55 months ago | reply

    Wish I had a basketball...Cool angle, Kev!

  2. IceNineJon 55 months ago | reply

    Very cool! Great angle for this too.

  3. mpaulda™ 55 months ago | reply

    pricey but cool
    you rock my friend!

  4. 3dphoto.net 55 months ago | reply

    Well, hat's off to you for taking the expense to do the experimention! Great results!

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

  5. Jawdoc 55 months ago | reply

    you netted a beauty...but too costly ;-((

  6. Pepix2007 55 months ago | reply

    what an interesting angle!

  7. [ Mario ] [deleted] 55 months ago | reply

    Very nice capture !

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  8. Irene2005 55 months ago | reply

    Pinhole captures look great, but it sounds really expensive! I just got a regular Holga so now I am curious to see how many out of 12 frames I'll manage to save...

  9. alessandro berdini 55 months ago | reply

    Kelvin è straordinaria, complimenti !!

  10. c-h-l (paused) 55 months ago | reply

    wonderful work! great pov! very cool shot ... but the costs, wow!

  11. Sati Kobashi [deleted] 55 months ago | reply

    Indeed it is pretty sharp for a pinhole.
    And, yes... ouch! ;oD

  12. ©hapulcu 55 months ago | reply

    Unique angle, unique work using unique gear.

  13. KLnyc 55 months ago | reply

    I should shoot film now.

  14. Mary Claire 55 months ago | reply

    I am amazed, very nice result!!!

  15. ~lala~(Lisa) 55 months ago | reply

    Woo hoo! Time to shoot some hoops! Coolness!

  16. GioPhotos 55 months ago | reply

    Very cool angle. I think I have a similar shot. :)

  17. Jocko B. 55 months ago | reply

    Cool point of view with everything converging toward the basket.

  18. crowt59 55 months ago | reply

    Wow, now this is wiiiide!!

  19. Rozanne Hakala 55 months ago | reply

    This is great fun and you are educating me along the way! Cool shot Kev!

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