Posts Tagged: TLR


Autocord (95/365) on Flickr.

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Autocord (95/365)

Borrowed a Minolta Autocord from my friend Tania (Thanks!). It has this strange foible where it skips over every other shot. Anyway to make up for it skipping shots I shot it.

Strobist info: Canon 430EX (@1/4th) with a DIY ring flash and ambient light.

Camera: Canon 5D mark II with 100mm macro (@F4)

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The new Si-Holga S(uper).

Features :

-TLR Finder (that flips into a sports finder when you don’t want to look down) -On camera flash with colored gels -Shoot polaroid Type 100 film! (Images are 6x6cm squares)


Alright, So I think I’ve decided on 3 trim levels for the Holga.

1) Si-Holga - Blind

Here is a photo of my original one, to give you an idea what it will look like.

This one is similar the original one I made, I’ll be using Velvet instead of duct tape on any orders I get. It will have no finder, it will sport a relocated hotshoe.

I think $110 plus shipping is fair. $25-35 dollars for the holga I have to buy, $20-40 for the polaroid back which I have to buy or hack apart. $12 for a pack of film that I will have to put in it to test for light leaks (This means all of them will come loaded with atleast 7 shots, depending on how many it takes to confirm no leaks, maybe more maybe less I will inform you!), and finally about 5-10 dollars on raw material/tool maintenance. This means at cost the camera will cost me $62-92 to produce. Leaving me a few bucks to buy things like more camera stuff for me so I can keep developing and making fun stuff.

So Final price is $110 plus shipping.

2) Si-Holga - N (ormal)

This one will sport all the original bits the holga 120 has, so the finder will not be hacked off, rather relocated and I will test it during the light leaks test to atleast tell you that it is semi-accurate (not that it was ever accurate to begin with)

Pricing and reasoning is $120 plus shipping. For 1 reason. I have to do more work rather than just hacking it off and throwing the finder away I’ll have to relocated it.

3) Si-Holga - S(uper) Here is a photo of the Si-Holga S(uper)

This will be derived from the TLR model. meaning it comes with the TLR finder as well as the colored gel flash (future options maybe available for ND gels instead of colored gels). It will not have a hotshoe due to the TLR model lacking one, but if you really want one email me and I’ll see what I can put together.

This will cost $150 plus, for the reason that the TLR model just costs 30 dollars more to buy.

Other options you can ask me for is Velvet color. If you really feel inclined I can go buy different color’d velvet to add on top of the black to seal the camera.

If you’d like to order one email me at And we’ll work out the details, payment will probably have to be paypal or cash if you live near by me. Otherwise does this sound fair?



So I noticed the TLR holga has colored gel filters. Now I know what everyone is thinking “OMG COLORED GELS, that’s like adding a splash of color to your photos! AWESOME, or is it like splashing vomit? I don’t know?”

I was wondering would it not be better to have ND filter’d gels instead to give you variable flash power? If anyone thinks that’s a good idea let me know and I might consider making a SI-Holga with the ND gels instead of the colored kind.


I’ve decided to have a second go at making a better Si-Holga.

And by better I mean that in the sense it’s getting more stuff. The new one will be based off of the TLR Holga. So it will have a mirror based TLR style viewfinder to look through and guestimate framing. It also features a flash with a gel scroller! And my favorite feature is that it has a tripod shoe and a bulb mode shutter.

This all however comes at a price. It’s more complicated a camera so I can’t just CHOP it all up. I have to actually watch where I cut and how I re-organize parts. So inherently this will be more than a 2 day build. Especially if I want to make it look better than the Mark I. It’s not going to be like looking at an SLR or anything but it won’t be as ugly as a big duct tapped mess. Future iterations will improve the look and I’m currently exploring the option of having a proper wired trigger replaced the shutter release on the holga. That should make the bulb more less useless. I will also look into actually integrating in a hotshoe somewhere on the polaroid back.

Anyways at the moment I’ve reorganized parts and re-spaced the TLR holga to take a polaroid back. Tomorrow night I hope to be attaching the back and giving the camera a whirl.



Again, I’m referring to my post about how I made an instant holga (A holga that shoots the still widely available Fuji polaroid compatible films).

You can read about it here.

Anyways I was wondering if anyone had any input for me on it so far. As of now my first version does shoot roughly 6x6cm square format photos. The second version will likely be small improvements, mostly aesthetic (planning to do away with the tape).

After that I may explore other options, such as using the “TLR” holga and trying to integrate that finder onto my polaroid as accurately as possible. I also considered just creating a simplier sports finder on top like on a conventional polaroid backed holga.

For future reference though, all future SI-Holga’s will be using the newer 120N (With bulb mode and a tripod shoe, the first one I made has neither).

So my question is, is anyone interested? Does anyone have any additional input/concerns/questions/other business?