For anyone who hasn’t used a Holga camera, they are a plastic Chinese camera used for film photography. The fun part of shooting with a Holga is not seeing what the image will come out like until it is developed. Light might leak through the camera onto the film. The blur or softness of the lens, with no depth of field, is the fun in shooting with a Holga Lens. No technology required to get a great effect. The downside is they are film cameras, and these days it is getting expensive to shoot film. So, the company came out with a Holga lens that can be attached to a DSLR camera. The effects are not quite as unique as each shot on a film Holga, the lens on a DSLR is going to be consistent. But it’s still fun to shoot with.

40D With Holga Lens


With that in mind, I took my old Canon EOS 40D and Holga lens and went to Dun Laoghaire, Ireland to find a carnival with not very many people and have some camera fun.


Dun Laoghaire With A Holga Lens on DSLR

All pictures are exactly as taken, no Instagram or Photoshop effects added. Which is one of the nice things about this lens, is that you can get cool effects without the need for software and apps.

So, what do you think, success or fail?