Sunday, May 7, 2017

Analog Diary: Trying To Get It Right - Part I

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Holga 120-Pan, Optical f/8 80mm

Trying To Get It Right - Part I

Holga 120-Pan
'Trying to get it right with panoramic images of the Holga 120-Pan'

The Holga 120-Pan, similar to its sibling Holga 120-GN, is a very light-weight simplistic camera that comes in a plastic body that is susceptible to light leaks, a 90mm optical lens, a single shutter speed of 1/100th second, and two aperture settings, f/8 and f/11.

The Holga 120 Pan, however, takes 60x120mm panoramic images on 120 format color or B&W film, which is twice as wide when compared to the square 6x6 format.

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Focusing is adjustable to 4 zones - portrait, small group, big group, infinity. Interestingly too, the camera comes fitted with a clear-line viewfinder fixed to the top plate, and a spirit-level embedded within the top plate towards the left of the top plate.

The film back, with the red film frame count window set for 12 and 16 (glued fixed) frames is clearly from the GN model, the 120-Pan can only take up to 6 shots per 120 film roll.

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With nothing much by way of manual control or other adjustments, all you have to do is to set the camera level and steady before pressing the shutter.

Had my fun with the uncertainty and excitement of the setup. The first outing with the 120-Pan but ended up with only one manageable shot with a roll of expired Fujifilm Pro160S, the banner head image above. The second outing was nearly as bad, ending up as a comedy of errors - the film advance was as miscalculated, leaving overlapped images, while exposure on the expired roll of Fujifilm Pro160 S was not properly determined either.

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The resulting images, however, with its overlaps and excitingly unexpected under- and overexposed images, gives way to the opportunity of re-editing the images, which was scanned, tweaked and cropped on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), to what they are here. Looking forward to another shoot soon.


Resource Links:
Lomography - Holga 120 Pan: The Lightweight Panoramic Miracle
Analog Diary: Catching The Golden Hour

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