When is a Holga not a Holga? [review + giveaway] - Digital Photography School

When is a Holga not a Holga? [review + giveaway]

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When it’s a Holga lens that mounts on to your dSLR camera, of course! as opposed to a Holga 120 Color Flash Camera that you may have seen about the place.

Rick from Holga Direct dropped us an email via the helpdesk and pretty soon I was wandering about with the little HL-C [Holga Lens for Canon] on the front of my Canon 5DMKII / Grip which actually looked crazy! A $25 lens on the front of a $2500 camera!

Holga Lens HL-C with my Canon 5DmkII and Grip

These little guys need a bit of light to work well and at first I thought I was doing something wrong, that’s largely because I was doing something wrong! I’d left the rear lens cap on the HL-C! The Lens comes with front and rear plastic caps, much the same as your regular lenses, though the rear one is tiny and easy to miss – well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! The lenses work pretty much the same as your regular lenses, too, except they don’t focus, the don’t have aperture and if you drop them, you can laugh – not cry. They’re all about Lo-Fi fun and getting some cool and crafty looking shots from something that won’t have the bank asking for your car back…

The Holga for Canon (and Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Samsung) lenses are made of plastic, they have little plastic lens elements and a set of little tiny holes in the rear of the unit that shape the light and help create the image that is reminiscent of something you would get out of an actual Holga…

Holga for Canon HL-C

Not sure what an actual ‘Holga’ is? Basically, it’s a cheaply made camera that came out of China around 1980, it’s made from plastic and is pretty susceptible to light leaks, vignetting and some other ‘anomalies’ The images have a certain cool look about them that seems to be ‘coming back’ of late (though mostly via things like iPhone and Android phones with apps and filters) ..with many people using them to shoot little self projects and the like!

The HL-C mounts straight into my Camera, just like any of my other Canon EF mount lenses though don’t expect to be able to adjust aperture, there isn’t any! Adjust your iso and your shutter speed and see what you come up with – it’s fun! Then you can choose from the portrait, small group, larger group or massive mountain setting and see what you come up with. There are some great examples of Holga on Flickr and check out the HolgaDirect blog, too.

Person | Group of people with short person in the middle

The only thing left to do was wander about with the little lens and see what happened. I was a little surprised at how much light the lens needed, and it took a bit to work out what worked and what didn’t – the result? I like the lens… I like it a lot… But wait, what? It doesn’t focus very well, it’s not made very well, it’s cheap and it gives some pretty ordinary results by comparison to my 24-70mm f/2.8L - but it doesn’t always have to be about beautiful, sharp images, does it? Sometimes it can just be about creativity and fun?

I had great fun with the HL-C and as a result, it comes with me everywhere! People often do double takes when they see it on the front of the 5DMKII… It’s all part of the fun!

Holga Direct have kindly offered us a Digital Holga Ultimate Kit to give to one lucky person – simply let us know in the comments below what would be the first thing you would photograph with your new Digital Holga Ultimate Kit? and make sure you visit Holga Direct on Facebook if that’s your thing!

We will draw a winner one week after this post goes live, the competition is global, where allowed by law, though any extra import / duty will need to be paid for by the winner – please make sure you enter your email along with your comment as we won’t have any way of contacting you if you don’t…

–Sime

Summary
Reviewer
Sime
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Holga
Author Rating
4

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Sime is the community manager of the dPS Forums and lead blogger in our Cameras and Gear Blog. He's a Melbourne based photographer, www.gtvone.com and please feel free to follow him on Twitter

  • http://www.chondonphotography.com Patrick

    I would photograph my the first thing I see when I put the lens on.

  • Dawn

    my hand.

  • DJ

    A bird house…definitely a birdhouse.

  • http://Www.robertfarrollphotography.smugmug.com Bob

    Great ideas all. I would go out an work on my newest projects. Nighttime HDR and Pets HDR. Both require a lot of time and patience. We can compare between the Canon 50 f/1.4 and the Holga 50 f/8!

  • http://www.facebook.com/amalgous.fotografica Bryon Wright

    I live close to the Sequoia/Kings Canyong National Parks. I would photograph the large trees, waterfalls, mountains, weird tourists. rocks, cute tourists, bears, coyotes, trails and perhaps i might photograph the ice cream from Reimers Candy and Ice Cream on the way back. You must go there, it looks like Santa decided to set up shop up in the most unlikely place.

  • Jackie Miller

    I would go out and shoot the beautiful churches of Italy to give them that beautiful haze to make them seem all that much more magnificent! This looks very awesome!!

  • Mark Pickering

    I would love to take a photograph of our Wedding in Cyprus next month with the Holga. We are having the usual digital photo’s taken by a professional and I think the Holga would give a whole new element to the photos.

  • Dave

    I have a collection of vintage cameras that I have been meaning to photograph for some time….the Holga lens would be perfect!!……It would add a moody sense of atmosphere and timelessness that would suit the cameras perfectly!

  • Ryan N.

    I would photograph everything I could point that little lens at. I’d love to have this for my upcoming trips to Germany, Italy, and Switzerland! I miss my Holga–just too difficult to get processed around here.

  • Theo

    I’ll probably take a picture of my dog!

  • song

    of my parents when we go to on a trip to china with my very first dslr :)!

  • Amber

    yantarchik@hotmail.com
    my first photo would be of my husband & that smile of his that i love so much!

  • Tara Hunt

    Wow..can’t believe I almost missed this one! This would be amazing to win. I just came back from the beach with my new Canon T3..I’d have to make a special trip and go right back to use this baby!

  • a dub

    the first thing you would photograph with my new Digital Holga Ultimate Kit would be my kids!

  • thad

    I’d take a photograph of my Mom. She’s the one who got me into photography.

  • Mark

    I would take it to our local Japanese gardens, the Morikami in Delray Beach Florida! The statuary, the bridges, the shaped foliage, what fun!

  • http://ebimagephoto.com alphabjerke

    I would shoot classic cars at a car show.

  • http://ebimagephoto.com alphabjerke

    Forgot my email: familyalbum@Juno.com

  • Ryan

    I’d photograph my wife. She is 7ish months pregnant with our first!

  • http://www.lynneford.com Lynne Ford

    The Marshfield Fair! Starts in just two weeks and is one of the longest running fairs in this area. Particularly photogenic are the the midway arcades, rides and food concessions.

  • max

    i would take a few shots of people in a football stadium, like millerntor in hamburg/st. pauli

  • becca j

    I would have to take it to the lake!

  • Henna

    I’d photograph our baby boy who we’re anxiously waiting to arrive any day now!

  • PO

    First thing I would photograph would be the window fan in my room.

  • Sarah

    wow what i could do with this lens. I guess my first pic would be of the selfridges guilding in birmingham a long exposue at twilight with car and bus light trails.

  • Jessica

    I am going to have to try this out…looks really fun!!

  • Lynn McCann

    I love the quirkiness of mine. I’ve had it about a month. The first time it worked great. It needs loads of sunshine or bright light, but think pinhole and you have plenty of light. The second time I used it, I just couldn’t seem to get any photos no matter how much light there was until I realized I hadn’t taken off the little back lens either. I feel so silly. Glad I’m not the only one who has done this.

  • Supratim

    The first thing that I would do with the Digital Holga Ultimate Kit is capture the streets of colourful India.

  • BethR

    I would photograph my animals! WE have a small zoo in our home :-)

  • scotty v

    These look quite fun to use! and i would probably roam around down town detroit and take pictures of the Bridge and rougher area’s to use the lenses “aged” look on my shots !

  • shelby

    The first thing I would photograph would be my daughter :D

  • Michelle

    the first thing i’d photogragh? anything…everything…the world around us is a wonderland begging to be shared with the world.

  • David

    I would take yet another picture of my pregnant wife and would have to sleep on the couch yet another night.

  • http://florenceuy.daportfolio.com Florence

    The first that I’d photograph would be the world around me :)

  • Lloyd Olson

    The first thing I would shoot would be my first great granddaughter who is almost one year old. The second thing would be my second great granddaughter who will be born shortly. Memories can be fun too. 3’s
    Grampa

Some older comments

  • Lloyd Olson

    October 15, 2011 06:21 pm

    The first thing I would shoot would be my first great granddaughter who is almost one year old. The second thing would be my second great granddaughter who will be born shortly. Memories can be fun too. 3's
    Grampa

  • Florence

    August 12, 2011 08:54 am

    The first that I'd photograph would be the world around me :)

  • David

    August 12, 2011 07:30 am

    I would take yet another picture of my pregnant wife and would have to sleep on the couch yet another night.

  • Michelle

    August 6, 2011 04:29 pm

    the first thing i'd photogragh? anything...everything...the world around us is a wonderland begging to be shared with the world.

  • shelby

    August 5, 2011 06:35 am

    The first thing I would photograph would be my daughter :D

  • scotty v

    August 4, 2011 02:46 am

    These look quite fun to use! and i would probably roam around down town detroit and take pictures of the Bridge and rougher area's to use the lenses "aged" look on my shots !

  • BethR

    August 4, 2011 02:20 am

    I would photograph my animals! WE have a small zoo in our home :-)

  • Supratim

    August 3, 2011 07:52 pm

    The first thing that I would do with the Digital Holga Ultimate Kit is capture the streets of colourful India.

  • Lynn McCann

    August 1, 2011 03:55 am

    I love the quirkiness of mine. I've had it about a month. The first time it worked great. It needs loads of sunshine or bright light, but think pinhole and you have plenty of light. The second time I used it, I just couldn't seem to get any photos no matter how much light there was until I realized I hadn't taken off the little back lens either. I feel so silly. Glad I'm not the only one who has done this.

  • Jessica

    July 31, 2011 10:18 am

    I am going to have to try this out...looks really fun!!

  • Sarah

    July 31, 2011 05:47 am

    wow what i could do with this lens. I guess my first pic would be of the selfridges guilding in birmingham a long exposue at twilight with car and bus light trails.

  • PO

    July 31, 2011 12:39 am

    First thing I would photograph would be the window fan in my room.

  • Henna

    July 29, 2011 03:51 pm

    I'd photograph our baby boy who we're anxiously waiting to arrive any day now!

  • becca j

    July 29, 2011 02:23 am

    I would have to take it to the lake!

  • max

    July 28, 2011 05:14 am

    i would take a few shots of people in a football stadium, like millerntor in hamburg/st. pauli

  • Lynne Ford

    July 28, 2011 02:40 am

    The Marshfield Fair! Starts in just two weeks and is one of the longest running fairs in this area. Particularly photogenic are the the midway arcades, rides and food concessions.

  • Ryan

    July 28, 2011 01:59 am

    I'd photograph my wife. She is 7ish months pregnant with our first!

  • alphabjerke

    July 27, 2011 04:38 pm

    Forgot my email: familyalbum@Juno.com

  • alphabjerke

    July 27, 2011 04:33 pm

    I would shoot classic cars at a car show.

  • Mark

    July 27, 2011 02:02 pm

    I would take it to our local Japanese gardens, the Morikami in Delray Beach Florida! The statuary, the bridges, the shaped foliage, what fun!

  • thad

    July 27, 2011 11:06 am

    I'd take a photograph of my Mom. She's the one who got me into photography.

  • a dub

    July 27, 2011 10:21 am

    the first thing you would photograph with my new Digital Holga Ultimate Kit would be my kids!

  • Tara Hunt

    July 27, 2011 10:07 am

    Wow..can't believe I almost missed this one! This would be amazing to win. I just came back from the beach with my new Canon T3..I'd have to make a special trip and go right back to use this baby!

  • Amber

    July 27, 2011 09:58 am

    yantarchik@hotmail.com
    my first photo would be of my husband & that smile of his that i love so much!

  • song

    July 27, 2011 07:09 am

    of my parents when we go to on a trip to china with my very first dslr :)!

  • Theo

    July 27, 2011 04:09 am

    I'll probably take a picture of my dog!

  • Ryan N.

    July 27, 2011 12:05 am

    I would photograph everything I could point that little lens at. I'd love to have this for my upcoming trips to Germany, Italy, and Switzerland! I miss my Holga--just too difficult to get processed around here.

  • Dave

    July 26, 2011 06:33 pm

    I have a collection of vintage cameras that I have been meaning to photograph for some time....the Holga lens would be perfect!!......It would add a moody sense of atmosphere and timelessness that would suit the cameras perfectly!

  • Mark Pickering

    July 26, 2011 06:24 pm

    I would love to take a photograph of our Wedding in Cyprus next month with the Holga. We are having the usual digital photo's taken by a professional and I think the Holga would give a whole new element to the photos.

  • Jackie Miller

    July 26, 2011 05:49 pm

    I would go out and shoot the beautiful churches of Italy to give them that beautiful haze to make them seem all that much more magnificent! This looks very awesome!!

  • Bryon Wright

    July 26, 2011 04:18 pm

    I live close to the Sequoia/Kings Canyong National Parks. I would photograph the large trees, waterfalls, mountains, weird tourists. rocks, cute tourists, bears, coyotes, trails and perhaps i might photograph the ice cream from Reimers Candy and Ice Cream on the way back. You must go there, it looks like Santa decided to set up shop up in the most unlikely place.

  • Bob

    July 26, 2011 12:51 pm

    Great ideas all. I would go out an work on my newest projects. Nighttime HDR and Pets HDR. Both require a lot of time and patience. We can compare between the Canon 50 f/1.4 and the Holga 50 f/8!

  • DJ

    July 26, 2011 09:45 am

    A bird house...definitely a birdhouse.

  • Dawn

    July 26, 2011 07:20 am

    my hand.

  • Patrick

    July 26, 2011 07:17 am

    I would photograph my the first thing I see when I put the lens on.

  • John "Sherpa" Helt

    July 26, 2011 06:44 am

    If I were to win this Holga kit, I would photograph the demise of the Henley Street bridge in Knoxville. This historical landmark crossing the Tennessee River is being dismantled for safety reasons.

  • Noam

    July 26, 2011 04:08 am

    i'd try taking pictures of a gig...

  • Cerisse

    July 26, 2011 04:00 am

    The sunny blue sky with white clouds.

  • Mike. B

    July 26, 2011 03:56 am

    It would have to be something meaningful...... Hhhhmmmmm, oh I know I'd take a picture of a Politician who is NOT politicking but actually Working for the people who voted them in Office!!!!!

  • Alec

    July 26, 2011 03:52 am

    I've been away for the whole summer and have not had a chance to see my family for a long time, my grandparents for an even longer. A lens like this would be a perfect reason to visit and take some vintage shots of some vintage grandparents.

  • mr_rax

    July 26, 2011 03:35 am

    I will definitely go out looking for some nice retro style streets in NYC to shoot with that lens...

  • Caitlin

    July 26, 2011 03:19 am

    The above comment about photographing Boca Grande is awesome. I have gotten some amazing pictures from there.
    However, seeing as I am in St. Louis right now I think the first thing I would go to some of the run down parts of the city to photograph the buildings. I think the lighting coming through the holes in the walls would be really neat!

  • Sharen Bradford

    July 26, 2011 03:00 am

    I would be shooting ballet and modern dancers in rehearsal and performance. A new approach to my twin passions - photography and dance!

  • wolf

    July 26, 2011 02:39 am

    nature.

  • Gethere2

    July 26, 2011 02:32 am

    I would make a black and white tourist snapshot in Berlin.

  • Gwenyth Adams

    July 26, 2011 02:30 am

    I would photograph my nine year old daughter and her buddies using my Canon7D.

  • Matt Fulkes

    July 26, 2011 02:28 am

    I'd photograph my family, and then some landscapes. :)

  • João Oliveira

    July 26, 2011 02:25 am

    And I bought my sink kit last week. Nnnnoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
    Well, don't regret it because I'm going to have lot's of fun when it arrives that I'm going to photograph everything that comes in my way and try out many things with the lenses.
    Congrats to the winner (in advance). Have fun...

  • Paul Jurado

    July 26, 2011 02:23 am

    I would take nature pictures of sunny Florida!

  • Natalie

    July 26, 2011 02:22 am

    I would take beautiful pictures of my sons.

  • Heather

    July 26, 2011 02:19 am

    I love being able to use a Holga lens on my 35mm Pentax! :)
    I have even decided to buy another Pentax body *just* so I can use it with my Holga lens :D

  • Jennifer H

    July 26, 2011 01:32 am

    I think the first thing I would take a photo of is my fur kids.. my dogs and cat lol

  • Jin

    July 26, 2011 12:46 am

    I would shoot would be all the gorgeous hawker food around me!

  • Zohar

    July 25, 2011 10:09 pm

    I think I'd take a picture of one of my cats preying on the other cat. Or maybe a plate with colorful food on it.

  • Candee Schamber

    July 25, 2011 09:58 pm

    I'd shoot the covered bridge in a nearby camp grounds/preservation area. I've been wanting to do that, but want the bridge to look older, and I think the Holga would help do that. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • daniel

    July 25, 2011 04:43 pm

    A beautiful woman. Just to check if beauty changes if the "eye" staring back at her does. (That's my excuse and I'm also sticking to it!)

  • Max

    July 25, 2011 04:31 pm

    The first thing... probably my cat!

  • Adam

    July 25, 2011 03:06 pm

    I'd photograph my 17 month old niece at the playground. Wonderful assortment of colors and depths. This lens would make for some excellent shots.

  • Almond Butterscotch

    July 25, 2011 02:31 pm

    first thing I'd shoot? Well, I'd read a while back that the Holga was made as a way for poor Chinese farmers to take family portraits, so I suppose I'd do one of those- old school style. Maybe even try to find a set of costumes made to look like they're from the 19th century or thenabouts.

  • jetfanzee

    July 25, 2011 01:23 pm

    The first shot that reveals itself when I walk out of the house. The good one's always seem to find you, don't they?

  • Meredith Underhill

    July 25, 2011 11:30 am

    The first thing I would photograph would be the postman who brought me the package, he has a grizzly beard and some interesting old Navy tattoos. goatflavor@yahoo.com

  • Cindy

    July 25, 2011 07:46 am

    The first thing that I would take a photo of would be my adorable yellow canary bird while she is all fluffed up.

  • Jake Messenger

    July 25, 2011 07:26 am

    The first thing I would photograph would be the Victorian graveyard near my home. Spooky vignettes!

  • bigM

    July 25, 2011 07:20 am

    hehe..for me it's so obvious..I would simply shoot me!
    yes I would make a self portrait beyond today's technology so my kids would get a chance to see me just the same old fashioned way I saw their grand father

  • Diana Cacioppo

    July 25, 2011 06:54 am

    The first thing I would photograph would be a beach in Florida called Boca Grande that has this really awesome looking old pier that the pelicans always sit on. It a really calm secluded area I love it!

  • Heather

    July 25, 2011 06:46 am

    I would go snap happy! First would be the kids and the cats along with my husband, then the flowers, trees, buildings, river, the ducks, the play park and everything inbetween!

  • Mark Rees

    July 25, 2011 05:48 am

    I shoot with a Canon 7D and I'd love to use a Holga lens to photgraph a baseball game.

  • Sanoe

    July 25, 2011 05:46 am

    First shot goes to the lifeguard on duty at the beach!

  • Josh Galemore

    July 25, 2011 05:32 am

    I'd shoot some old houses are graffiti. You know urbex type stuff...

  • Anil

    July 25, 2011 05:13 am

    I would defiantly go downtown and take some street portraits

  • Chris

    July 25, 2011 04:37 am

    I would do a portrait of my brother!

  • Joe

    July 25, 2011 04:28 am

    I would take photos of the architecture of downtown Pittsburgh

  • Amy Hopp

    July 25, 2011 04:14 am

    Since I'm moving to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in a few weeks, I would photograph a street scene downtown. I think architecture looks pretty cool with a Holga lens...

  • Jeffrey

    July 25, 2011 03:56 am

    I'd shoot myself. ;)

  • Tim

    July 25, 2011 03:21 am

    The first thing - probably my thumb ;-)

    After that....whatever I see :)

  • AmandaPN

    July 25, 2011 03:02 am

    I'd definitely be doing something for my 365 project! Most likely one of my kids first, then I'd be walking around shooting random things.

  • LT Solet

    July 25, 2011 02:57 am

    I am going on a quick jaunt to a mountain area with a wonderful lake. I'd shoot there first.

  • Kevin

    July 25, 2011 02:46 am

    I would go for my daughter. She always is one of the first pics I take with any new lens. :-)

  • Jenifer

    July 25, 2011 02:45 am

    If you asked me a week ago I would probably take my first picture of my friends baby,
    But Now I would take a picture of all the flowers in front of the church in Oslo.

  • panelomo

    July 25, 2011 02:41 am

    the nearest carnival.

  • Lois

    July 25, 2011 02:34 am

    I would first try out the Holga lens at home to photograph some old lego figures that my grandchildren played with almost 20 years ago.

  • Shay

    July 25, 2011 02:34 am

    The first thing I would shoot would be my pug, Sabrina. And post it straight to her blog, of course.

  • Mushroom

    July 25, 2011 12:31 am

    I will shoot a photo of the volunteers who shaved their heads for the kids with childhood cancer!

    Anyhow I've been wanting a Holga for very long, even before I own a dslr. However the thing that kept me from getting it is the films, and other digital alternatives like Digi Hari doesn't quite make the cut for me.

    I'm so so glad that I see this post because owning the holga kit will be much more convenient than carrying one more camera out, and without some of its accompanied restrictions too!

    THANKS FOR THIS POST!

  • Aaron

    July 24, 2011 11:56 pm

    I would photograph my kids playing in the sprinkler in our front yard!

  • Celine

    July 24, 2011 08:25 pm

    The first thing I would photograph would be cookies, or cupcakes, or any sweets in the cupboard.

  • Morgan

    July 24, 2011 07:34 pm

    I think I'd go out to my garden. The photos look sort of glowy, and that would be a cool effect around flowers. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Trish

    July 24, 2011 01:20 pm

    Within the last 5 months, I have been blessed with 3 beautiful new grandchildren, two of which were born this month (July) only 8 days apart... Soooooooooo the first thing that I would photography would be my grandchildren, now totally five!

  • Kristen

    July 24, 2011 11:23 am

    The first thing I would shoot with my HL-C lens is my puppy dog!

  • Todski2

    July 24, 2011 11:06 am

    I would love to shoot the local bridge at sunrise! I have some beautiful crisp shots and have played on the computer with lomo effects but would love to see the actual results from my Sony's

  • Michael Roeder

    July 24, 2011 10:41 am

    I would use it to shoot live music performances!

  • Isoterica

    July 24, 2011 09:57 am

    I am a big lomo fan but I have to say the prospect of instant gratification sounds absolutely amazing! What would I shoot? Probably anything and everything.. though I have a fondness for street photography and macro because they are moments and views that can't be captured again. I'm all about celebrating life by capturing it around me.

  • Sue McBratney

    July 24, 2011 08:59 am

    I would dearly love to have one of those funky lenses - it would help keep me occupied after I get a new knee in a week's time - the first thing I would photograph would be one of my dawgs.....best friends ever!

  • xjrat

    July 24, 2011 01:53 am

    I try to get my dog or cat or wife whichever stays still long enough!!!

  • John

    July 24, 2011 01:06 am

    I would like to shoot a family picture with all my relatives..including my pets which we treat as members of our family.. :)

  • Jeppe Skjerning

    July 24, 2011 12:35 am

    I will use it in my Holga Project Copenhagen, where 12 Danish photographers based in Copenhagen are given a Holga each to use for half a year, snapping pictures to document their Copenhagen. A Holga lens on my Canon would come to great use as I would use it to create some of the behind the project pictures.

  • EstherT

    July 23, 2011 07:16 pm

    The first thing I would photograph would be...hmm.. anything interesting that captures my eyes! Hahahah, seriously, I don't think there's any specific object/subject. So anything that looks great through the lens.
    gemini_rainbow93@hotmail.com

  • Tom

    July 23, 2011 06:25 pm

    The first thing I’d like to shoot would be an buildings/ houses along almost deserted street in a suburban area with the soft glow of a sunrise or sunset..

  • bryan

    July 23, 2011 01:53 pm

    I'd start by taking pictures of greasy bike parts in the garage - chains, gears, etc. Gonna have to be in black and white too, or sepia.

  • joel

    July 23, 2011 01:24 pm

    This is a fun little lense. stumbled across lomography in some article did a little research and found a lense for my nikon on ebay, real cool effects, a nice contrast from my other lenses. its nice not to worry about perfect lighting and focus once in a while. when i take pictures of my three year old they look like the pictures my parents have of me when i was a kid. well worth the price, and for those of you who don't win it, like i said give ebay a check and you might find what you're looking for.

  • Jeffrey Clarke

    July 23, 2011 01:04 pm

    I would take a stroll down the old alley way of main street and capture the history of a little town droning a mist the new city scape. Thanks for offering. jc

  • Dana

    July 23, 2011 01:01 pm

    Wow! It brings back wonderful memories of the joy of discovering photography. I would photograph my son to create new memories together as he discovers photography in the digital age. ,

  • Cynthia

    July 23, 2011 10:42 am

    I would probably take pics of my dog down at the farm! That's a fun place to shoot, no matter what camera you use.

  • Allyson

    July 23, 2011 09:47 am

    I would take pictures of my dog, my turtle and the stuff around my yard first, then start taking pictures of everything else!

  • Susan

    July 23, 2011 09:13 am

    Great article! The first thing I'd shoot is the beach

  • Ferry Knijn

    July 23, 2011 08:26 am

    the first thing could be two depending on the of delivery, one is a shoot ballerina's the other is a portrait shoot with a singer xongwriter

  • Ed Normile

    July 23, 2011 08:12 am

    Looks like fun! The bottom shot reminds me of an old 110 camera I had as a kid and all I could afford was B&W film for it. Do they sell these in the U.S., for $25 it would be something I could actually afford these days and would be great to play with.

    ed

  • Bob

    July 23, 2011 08:11 am

    I'd probably go and shoot St. James Cathedral, Toronto. I've shot it a few times, with varying lenses, so why not another one! I'd probably also try it for lightning...just to see what it can do!

  • sylvia laughrin

    July 23, 2011 07:43 am

    first thing i would photograph, would be the WI State Fair and all the fun people, carnival rides, & animals.

  • Joey K

    July 23, 2011 07:35 am

    I'm visiting the Outer Banks of North Carolina in a couple of weeks. Sand dunes, sea oats, fishing boats, crab pots, lighthouses, kids playing on the beach, fish unloaded on the docks, wild horses, surfers, sunrises, sunsets...where do I start??? ..Take your pick!

  • Lisa

    July 23, 2011 06:43 am

    Cemeteries/old headstones -- Just finished a "ghost" shoot in one. Most creative fun I've ever had.

  • Marita

    July 23, 2011 06:07 am

    1st thing I would photography is an inflated toy gator floating in a pool with a long exposure. The holga kit would make the image much more surreal than I could get it now with standard equipment. That would ROCK!!

  • chris leach

    July 23, 2011 06:03 am

    The inspiration that it would provide would let me go out and photograph all those sites of vienna, such as the ferris wheel, Schönbrunn palace, St Stephans cathedral etc, tat I would normally photograph - leaving that to tourist - however the creativity that the Holga lens kit would provide would make that a real fun and useful challenge.

  • Jillian

    July 23, 2011 04:17 am

    I think the first thing I'd take pictures of would be the 100+ year old houses in my new neigborhood!

  • fbaran

    July 23, 2011 03:12 am

    There's a few odd buildings/highway attractions nearby that should be fun to photograph.

  • Steve Savoie

    July 23, 2011 02:37 am

    I would take pics of my son's construction toys in the sand box. I'm sure it would look awesome with the effect it makes.

  • Edric

    July 23, 2011 02:00 am

    The view from outside my office in Midtown Manhattan.

  • Cary

    July 23, 2011 01:55 am

    I would take a pic of all the kids doing something sweet.

  • Don

    July 23, 2011 01:10 am

    Neat effects. I'll shoot a 4H horse show in the mountains of PA

  • Matt R

    July 23, 2011 12:49 am

    So for the rest of us who won't get the free HL-C, are there any promo codes we can enter if we decide to buy anything from Holga Direct?

  • Robin Troxell

    July 23, 2011 12:46 am

    my kids in the pool - love what it does for those colors!

  • Steven McDonald

    July 23, 2011 12:32 am

    first photo will more than likely be the kids as they run in and out of view.

    for my first concerted effort to with a holga will be to hit stanwell park beach and surrounds, it such a great environ with it's picturesque escarpement, headlands and awesome surf.

  • tashia

    July 22, 2011 11:36 pm

    I would definitely shoot the buildings in this small town I live in on the very west coast of Canada. They haven't been restored in decades and west coast wind and salt certainly erodes them. There is a new community group working to restore the now called "arts district" and I think it'd be great to document it all before and after the restoration.

  • Kim Vanderpool

    July 22, 2011 11:18 pm

    If I won this baby I would photograph the FIRST thing I could set up in my viewfinder! Play and Shoot!

  • Ciara L

    July 22, 2011 11:18 pm

    I would spend some time deciding what situation to use it...try portraits, landscapes, macro..etc

  • Hamdhan

    July 22, 2011 11:14 pm

    I will photograph an athlete running towards me at the center of the frame. Apart from that, i'll take a picture of an AIRCRAFT!

  • Jeremiah

    July 22, 2011 10:34 pm

    The first thing I would shoot would be the amazing saxophone player that stands on the corner near a bar I frequent.

  • Lizzie

    July 22, 2011 10:07 pm

    I would definitely do some street photography in Brooklyn. Digital Holga sounds awesome!

  • rowena

    July 22, 2011 09:54 pm

    Grandkids!

  • Rick Hohmann

    July 22, 2011 09:11 pm

    Looks like fun!!! I would shoot street scenes at the beach, then try a few portraits for kicks.

  • Shaz

    July 22, 2011 04:53 pm

    Self portrait and see what picture i'd get if i was back in the 1980s!

  • drawsen

    July 22, 2011 04:12 pm

    i would take a picture of a Holga

  • Chris Matthews

    July 22, 2011 03:05 pm

    The first thing I'd photograph... our local Paramedics on an emergency scene. Public safety photography is my favorite thing to shoot. Thanks for the contest!

  • Stephen Siteman

    July 22, 2011 02:22 pm

    I would take pictures of Boston's waterfront, including the USS Constitution - the US Navy's oldest ship still in service.

  • bon

    July 22, 2011 01:50 pm

    self portrait!

  • Chloe

    July 22, 2011 01:40 pm

    The results are superb, I've discovered a new 'love' for film photography & have been shooting some rolls; this is really cool though, it's like the results of film through your digital camera.. I could definitely see myself playing with this lens on my D90

    The first thing I would photograph - I would take the train into the city (Melbourne) & I would wander around the streets & alleys ways and photograph the people & the scenes & inturn I would be assisting myself in getting over my fear of shooting in public
    :)

    goodluck to whom ever wins this lens

  • GlenG

    July 22, 2011 01:35 pm

    I'd go to the historic Fondren district here in Jackson, MS. It was used in a '60's period film soon to be released. Would be perfect!

  • Jesse

    July 22, 2011 01:29 pm

    Id take a photo of my local milk bar/sweet shop such a fun kooky place that would look great with some lomography effects I think. From there who knows... everything?

  • Jen

    July 22, 2011 01:14 pm

    First thing I would photograph would be the graffiti garages near my house. There is a whole parking garage set aside for graffiti artists to do their thing in my town. I constantly see interesting and amazing work there.

  • Rob Stone

    July 22, 2011 12:58 pm

    I would love to go back to Tanzania with this kit and my [sadly, hypothetical] 5DMk.II and do some street photography in Dar Es Salaam, Arusha, and some unnamed villages.

  • Kristofor Dahl

    July 22, 2011 12:39 pm

    I would have it one one of my Nikons to shoot with during a whole wedding.

    Hey can you take video through this lens?

  • Lucy

    July 22, 2011 12:34 pm

    I'd take pictures of my pets.

  • Watari Goro

    July 22, 2011 11:28 am

    First thing would be some of our beautiful Hawaiian hibiscus.

  • Peter Kirk

    July 22, 2011 11:10 am

    I work for a company that is doing a major tunnling project, a lot of large equipment is used in confined heavely light environments. This I think would be a good subject for this little lens

  • Ann

    July 22, 2011 10:36 am

    Probably the Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park (Sydney) which was what I always shot when I was learning about aperture and shutter speed. Looks like such fun.

  • traian

    July 22, 2011 10:14 am

    First, I'd take a picture of with the lens cap on. I like repeating other people's mistakes.

  • Craig Bennett

    July 22, 2011 09:18 am

    I would use to take photos of sunsets and sun rises above mountains...I have in mind a particular spot up the blue mountains NSW Australia where there is a large telecommunications tower on a hill which looks stunning in a sunset.

  • Thierry

    July 22, 2011 09:05 am

    Hummm anything really, where there is light lol. It would be for the feeling I had when my friend let me use his. the smell, the touch and the anticipation locked on this little friend brought me back 40 years back into my youth, when everything was fun and dreamlike not that sharp and perfect as the man Sime so truly said. thank !

  • Esther

    July 22, 2011 08:59 am

    The park with my toddler

  • Greg Cornell

    July 22, 2011 08:58 am

    I would take photographs of my Napoleonic toy soldiers on put them on the blog.

  • Michael

    July 22, 2011 08:56 am

    I would take the kit to historic downtown Savannah, GA. I've been putting the trip off for too long and this would be the inspiration to finally go.

  • Kiry

    July 22, 2011 08:28 am

    My first photo would be of the dam in my back yard in the rain. Enough rain already!

  • Lori Pond

    July 22, 2011 08:17 am

    First thing I would take a photograph of would be the first thing I saw after I put the Holga lens on my camera!!!

  • Pauline

    July 22, 2011 06:55 am

    the first thing I would photograph would by the beautiful historic Mission Inn (http://missioninn.com/) in downtown Riverside CA near my house.

  • DE Richardson

    July 22, 2011 06:25 am

    I would go for a photo walk in downtown.

  • Joe Taylor

    July 22, 2011 06:23 am

    A Picture of my two grandchildren in fromt of expidition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

  • Eduardo s

    July 22, 2011 06:22 am

    I would love to shoot street with this kit!!!

  • Christy

    July 22, 2011 06:04 am

    I would take pictures of the Missouri River Flood. Many pictures out there, and they all look the same! But not with a holga!

  • Jess

    July 22, 2011 06:04 am

    An awesome cotton mill built in 1881!

  • Pieter van Roijen

    July 22, 2011 05:49 am

    There is so much going on out there... i would wait upon the first opportunity. It will present itself :)

  • Benn

    July 22, 2011 05:45 am

    For the last six months I've been working on my BSc project, together with my best buddy, and we're finally in the final editing phase and looking forward to handing it in on the 1st of August.

    So I'd invite over my buddy, make a couple of mojitos, get out the lawn chairs and have a photo of us enjoying the good life after a project well done - a nice pictographic memoir to have! :)

  • Christina Sosa

    July 22, 2011 05:42 am

    I would photograph the animals at the pound. And hopefully capture their happiness in the little life they have left.

  • Garry

    July 22, 2011 05:35 am

    I would photograph everything !

  • Elle

    July 22, 2011 05:28 am

    I would photograph my dad..he's getting old so I need to take as many opportunities as I can.

  • Rommel Bautista

    July 22, 2011 05:20 am

    looks fun to shoot a buildings :)

  • Xondra Gálvez

    July 22, 2011 05:13 am

    I'd love taking a picture of my national soccer team, La Vino Tinto, arriving back home victorious from Copa America. It's funny it should happen this way, but they were able to bring together 30 million of Venezuelan people for a common cause, people that had been angry and hated each other on ideological reasons. So I reckon it should be a great picture.

  • Richard Keeling

    July 22, 2011 04:48 am

    I would photograph a bottle of fine wine.

    And then drink it.

  • William Clarke

    July 22, 2011 04:45 am

    The first thing to catch my eye.

  • J. Gregory

    July 22, 2011 04:45 am

    My Dachshund.

  • monkeyinabox

    July 22, 2011 04:43 am

    My toddler. I have an actual Holga already, but haven't used it in quite some time since film processing and film costs more than I want to spend for 'experimental' photos.

  • Patrick

    July 22, 2011 04:29 am

    I'd head downtown and take some photos of all the bridges here in Portland

  • Erika

    July 22, 2011 04:21 am

    The first thing I'd take a photo of would be my cat when he's relaxing :]

  • Daniel Heeren

    July 22, 2011 03:59 am

    To be honest, I'd take a picture of something in my house just to play around with it.
    After testing, however, I'd probably walk around downtown, looking for some agreeable piece of older architecture or building hardware. Like a fire escape or something.

  • Candi

    July 22, 2011 03:55 am

    I would so go and take some of my kids and dog and then go out to the city and get some really fun urban shots of chicago!!

  • julie

    July 22, 2011 03:51 am

    I'd photograph my cat in the backyard. Or attempt to photograph my cat in the backyard as she is a rather temperamental model.

  • dan

    July 22, 2011 03:08 am

    First thing I would take a picture of is of a train.

  • Suzanne

    July 22, 2011 03:08 am

    I would go to the park up the street. They have a pretty pond with a bridge over it, and a nice gazebo, etc.

  • Steelsun

    July 22, 2011 03:04 am

    Try out some funky macro style shots with a lens reversed in front of it.

  • Chelsea

    July 22, 2011 02:53 am

    I almost bought a Holga last month, but decided it was a silly idea since we own a fancy schmancy Cannon. SO excited that this exists! The first thing I would photograph is whatever happens to be in front of me the second I got it on the camera! The first planned thing would probably be my squirrelly little kiddos.

  • Chrissy Jensen

    July 22, 2011 02:39 am

    That's a tough one because I absolutely love the Holga effect. I'd probably head to the beach. I'm sure there would be an endless supply of amazing and unique shots of people and waves and scenery there.

  • Shelley D.

    July 22, 2011 02:30 am

    What would I shoot? Main Street USA of course. With the Holga lens you would really get that retro look.

  • alex

    July 22, 2011 02:11 am

    I would take it with my to my trip to Acadia park in Maine and try some creative shots of the landscape and in the surrounding antique shops.

  • Crystal

    July 22, 2011 01:58 am

    The first thing that I ALWAYS photography when I get a new camera or lens - where I'm at when I open the package, and that's inside and outside of my home. I don't want to wait. There's lots of things to focus in on, there's lots of color, and I can step outside to get views of trees, plants and buildings. By the end of the day, I'll have tried all the lenses in the kit and I'll know where I want to use them.

  • Melissa

    July 22, 2011 01:35 am

    I would take a picture of my kids. They are my favorite people to photograph!!!

  • Gerald

    July 22, 2011 01:26 am

    I would take some shots of my wife’s flower garden, and then the sky is the limit.

  • Kat

    July 22, 2011 01:03 am

    Im curious how holga photos of fireworks would turn out, so that would be the first thing I would shoot..

  • Oleg

    July 22, 2011 12:41 am

    I'd photograph myself with my computer... to create a retro looking portrait.

  • Sarah

    July 22, 2011 12:39 am

    JUNKYARD!

  • Tung Phan

    July 22, 2011 12:32 am

    I would go to the club and take my first picture there. Everyone shoots the same thing, so it would be nice to see something different.

  • Tony R Pegg

    July 22, 2011 12:30 am

    I would photograph the 1913 train depot in my small village of Chester, NY.

  • Dean

    July 22, 2011 12:26 am

    The first photo would be a landscape , then post on DPS

  • Roger D. Feldhans

    July 22, 2011 12:22 am

    I would put it on my IR (infrared) converted Canon XSi and take a picture of an abandoned farm.

  • John

    July 21, 2011 11:42 pm

    Hmmmm, the first thing i would photograph?
    Most likely my girlfriend before i asked that "big question" ;-)

  • Laura Parente

    July 21, 2011 08:49 pm

    My sweet Pup......

  • AlexL

    July 21, 2011 08:44 pm

    Hey ! I want to try it with a flash in nightclub, i think the result could be very cool and fun ahah !

  • Vina

    July 21, 2011 07:15 pm

    self portrait... always want to do this with fisheye lens

  • Anna

    July 21, 2011 07:13 pm

    oooooooooooh!
    The first photo I would take is a picture of Bean, my little clover plant! Yes, a misnomer I know :D

  • Noelene

    July 21, 2011 07:05 pm

    Great opportunity, love the idea of the lenses and the competition. What would be the first thing I shoot? Hmm, let me see, well as I've been playing with a point and shoot to get some nice macro shots, I think I'd head on outside again and try the macro lens first.

  • Kevin

    July 21, 2011 06:43 pm

    My first thought was to take a picture of my two year old and two month old boys.
    Then I thought I'd take my dog to the beach.
    But I have now settled on the first photographs having to match the image style produced by the lens, so I am going to gather up to 60s/70s memorabilia and see if I can't do the Holga Lens proud.
    Then I'll take some pictures of my family and dog at the beach!

  • Joy

    July 21, 2011 06:16 pm

    Its awesome how I actually found out about this in school, when I was in photography class. We were researching about elements of digital photography and came across this site.

    Anyway, the first thing I would take pictures of will be inanimate object around my house. :) I would so say the scenery of Bondi Beach but I wouldn't be able to just hop in the car and drive all the way to Bondi.

  • David Brown

    July 21, 2011 04:24 pm

    First thing I'd photograph would be my pool and garden

  • Patrick Quiring

    July 21, 2011 04:16 pm

    I'd take it to Lollapalloza in August and take some stellar shots of the festival.

  • paulainmidtown

    July 21, 2011 03:49 pm

    i only have two lenses for my canon - this would be fab! I would definitely try it on my 'abandoned furniture' idea!

  • susan bartling

    July 21, 2011 03:18 pm

    I would shoot my pups first, then everything else

  • Joel

    July 21, 2011 03:05 pm

    A nude study of my wife.

  • Josh Lloyd

    July 21, 2011 02:32 pm

    I'd probably shoot some lock stuff at work. It'd make a cool retroish photo!

  • Thaomy

    July 21, 2011 02:25 pm

    THE crazy CHARACTERS in my city!

  • Matt

    July 21, 2011 01:45 pm

    First things first. My viola. For sure. Then I'd go adventuring through a downtown area.

  • Dann

    July 21, 2011 12:56 pm

    I would probably first take it on a walk through my city to experience what it can do on a range of subjects from cars, people, architecture, and the great river/bridge locations my area has to offer.

  • Lori Bravo

    July 21, 2011 12:46 pm

    I'd take a picture of the Alamo (remember that?)

  • Sof

    July 21, 2011 12:38 pm

    My mom!

  • laurie

    July 21, 2011 11:51 am

    I'd take a picture of my dogs!

  • Rex

    July 21, 2011 11:51 am

    First I would use it around the house.

  • cpclark

    July 21, 2011 11:04 am

    I would take it around downtown Nashville, looking for some rhinestone cowboys to photograph outside the honky-tonks on Broadway.

  • Cameron

    July 21, 2011 10:15 am

    I would photograph myself to document the happiness and excitement on my mug having actually won something. Especially something cool that I would use on a regular basis!

  • Amelia

    July 21, 2011 10:02 am

    I'd take a picture of the beautiful Silver Creek Falls in the mountains!

  • Josh

    July 21, 2011 08:47 am

    I would capture close up of a wombat or two, on a crisp clear winters morning, just as the sun comes up over the hills surrounding the Bendethra Valley

  • kandyce

    July 21, 2011 08:36 am

    AH! thanks for alerting your readers to the availability of this lens! i'd LOVE to win the kit. the first thing i'd photograph is a vegetable market in india, where i'll be moving in 4 weeks!

  • Mal McClenaghan

    July 21, 2011 08:31 am

    I recently moved from a large city to a small village with a macadamia processing factory on the outskirts. Lots of silver, bright lights and hard angles, it would be a great subject for the Holga.

  • Jamal Aladdin

    July 21, 2011 08:25 am

    I would probably make a photo of an iPhone using instagram, to be ironic. :D. In fact I know that's the first thing I would do.

  • shuds

    July 21, 2011 08:22 am

    A 1969 Shelby GT on a worn out road :)

  • Robert D.

    July 21, 2011 07:48 am

    The first thing I'd photograph with my new Digital Holga Ultimate Kit would have to be some nice portrait of my 8 year old son.

  • Luke

    July 21, 2011 07:45 am

    I will be using the holga ultimate kit to photograph a youth camp here in Bolivia.

  • sean

    July 21, 2011 07:41 am

    I would shoot a punk house show. It would be great to see the crusty, pierced and tattooed members of most punk bands through "cute" holga optics.

  • Boris

    July 21, 2011 07:27 am

    I would definitely take a old style photo of my beautiful girlfriend :)

  • Pam Kennedy

    July 21, 2011 07:23 am

    If I won this lens, the first thing I would shoot would definitely be the beach here in Florida! :)

  • Maureen @ Cottage 960

    July 21, 2011 07:19 am

    I think maybe a trip to the farmer's market, lots of good scenes there
    what a totally cool idea!

  • carolbrowne

    July 21, 2011 07:00 am

    The kitties would look lovely in holga! YAH. I love the toy camera look.

  • Tom

    July 21, 2011 05:16 am

    So my friend has about a dozen of these cheap Holga cameras and he gives them to his kids on our weekly outing to a local park for a run.
    I've been trying to get his daughter interested in real photography, teaching her concepts like ISO, shutter speed and aperature.
    I'd like one so that i can be as cool as he is and use my SLR at the same time. I'd also like to lend it her from time to time so that we can make weird pictures like he does. She got a DSLR for her birthday this year and i lent her one of my tele zooms for a trip to europe.
    My first shots would be of the crew on saturday at the park

  • Tom

    July 21, 2011 05:12 am

    So my friend has about a dozen of these cheap Holga cameras and he gives them to his kids on our weekly outing to a local park for a run.
    I've been trying to get his daughter interested in real photography, teaching her concepts like ISO, shutter speed and aperature.
    I'd like one so that i can be as cool as he is and use my SLR at the same time. I'd also like to lend it her from time to time so that we can make weird pictures like he does. She got a DSLR for her birthday this year and i lent her one of my tele zooms for a trip to europe.

  • Jake

    July 21, 2011 04:49 am

    I'd use it to take some photos of my sculptures out in the woods. Give the pictures some nice atmosphere.

  • Jason Jones

    July 21, 2011 04:41 am

    I would have to round up the girlfriend and go for a walk/shooting session downtown and see what we can come up with.

  • Karen Peterson

    July 21, 2011 04:36 am

    My kiddos of course, fishing in the AK waters!!

  • Danothy

    July 21, 2011 03:51 am

    I'd go back to the spot in Weston S-M and recreate the photo of my father and myself taken there some 20+ years ago ...

  • Nicolas

    July 21, 2011 03:41 am

    Hi! First things first, thank you for this opportunity :)

    And, the first thing I'd shoot would be my cat haha But I may not, because my house is not full of light so I may end up with blurry photos of my cat, so I'd probably shoot my friend's band, it would be cool to stop being so serious with band photo shoots and make something really fun out of it with this great lens!

    Again, thank you ;)

  • Juanita

    July 21, 2011 03:22 am

    First thing came to my mind was people inside/outside old buildings, which of late have been photographing the inside of old historical buildings. Some of the conditions of those have been good to bad! People add interest in conjunction with them....

  • Mark Graha

    July 21, 2011 02:52 am

    Lens babies who??? :)

    First thing I'd try and photograph is one of the many gigs at my local pub :)

  • Veronica

    July 21, 2011 01:49 am

    I'd photograph my cat. He's very photogenic and has a lot of different moods, so he's fun to shoot.

  • Gene Shabinaw

    July 21, 2011 01:39 am

    Living on the coast I would take the Holga lense to the harbor before sunset. Try some shots from the end of a dock lay near water level and shoot along the sterns of sailboats in row. Use the light reflection off the water to boost lighting and shoot length of the dock (at dock level) across to another row of sail/motor yachts. At dock level the sides of the dock could be my converging lines drawing the viewer to the subject boat across the small channel. And there is always the breakwall as the sun drops to it.

    See, I actually have learned somethng reading all the many articles on dps.

  • Silisia

    July 21, 2011 12:55 am

    A Senior shot would be pretty neat.

  • ron storfer

    July 21, 2011 12:23 am

    since i'm taking a class on photographing light houses, i would have to click some pixs of our local beacons in the night.

  • janys

    July 21, 2011 12:22 am

    The first thing I would photograph would be a giant Saguaro cactus.

  • Joan

    July 21, 2011 12:11 am

    First thing I would do upon attaching the Holga to my Nikon would be to find the nearest available natural light coming into the room and shoot whatever is illuminated. Look, see, do.

  • Emily G.

    July 20, 2011 11:58 pm

    I'd probably photograph a cupcake/cookie/muffin...it seems there is no shortage of baked goods in my kitchen lately!

  • Julie

    July 20, 2011 11:56 pm

    If I won the lens I'd photograph some old NM Churches.

  • Varun Raj Minocha

    July 20, 2011 10:45 pm


    It's been pouring for weeks, and the moods are dull;
    The skies are grey, even during the lull.
    I cringe at the thoughts of dampness & rains;
    I shudder at the view from my window panes.
    But I look through the viewfinder, my perspective changes;
    I see beauty again, in cloud covered ranges.
    The viewfinder acts like rose colored glasses;
    And as a worthy subject, even water passes.
    I capture a shot of splashing water;
    Then of an umbrella, over a lady & her daughter.
    What one intends to click, how can one plan?
    Me, I click anything and everything, that I can.

    -Varun Raj Minocha

    Honestly, my first shot would probably be one of a dingy corner of my room to test the lens's fitting, and then I'd probably head to my window to click a picture of this beautiful tree with a leafless branch.

  • Maggie

    July 20, 2011 10:40 pm

    I would shoot my children playing on the beach if I won.

  • kujo

    July 20, 2011 10:11 pm

    i will first take the picture of this lense mounted on my dslr camera LOL
    this lense sounds like a whole lot of fun :D

  • Barry E.Warren

    July 20, 2011 08:58 pm

    I would go out side and shoot the birds and the bee's and the trees. About a 1/2 hr.walk around.

  • randygentry

    July 20, 2011 08:57 pm

    I'd probably photograph myself first thing if I had this.

  • Graeme

    July 20, 2011 08:54 pm

    I would take a time-lapse of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh during the fringe festival, something I have been waiting to do since I got my new DSLR this year. I think the retro effect would be perfect for this. If there is enough light in sunny Scotland that is ..........:)

  • Pete Heck

    July 20, 2011 08:01 pm

    Great contest!! The first thing I would shot with the Holga would be this old tractor in a field close by.

  • Moddang

    July 20, 2011 07:32 pm

    I would say "Yay! Free lens!" ...and probably head into Bangkok city to take a bunch of pictures.

  • Andrej Adamcak

    July 20, 2011 07:25 pm

    I would make a project about me. The pictures coming from this lenses are exactly that what i see with my strange eyes. Yes, i would take pics of myself.

  • J.Ed

    July 20, 2011 05:38 pm

    Flowers in the garden (if there are any left - way too dry)

  • Kevin

    July 20, 2011 04:34 pm

    I'd photograph my mom. I don't do that enough.

  • Sandra

    July 20, 2011 04:13 pm

    I would definitely take pictures around my neighborhood. Lots of older abandoned car lots and buildings with the greatest signs from the early 70's. I think this would be a great camera to show urban decay at it's finest.

  • Andrew Pitts

    July 20, 2011 03:08 pm

    I'd definitely like to shoot a certain lady I know in front of a flower arrangement. The holga lens looks like it would give some amazing lo-fi saturation to the color of the flowers. :)

  • Ulises Pastran

    July 20, 2011 03:01 pm

    I would take a picture of the active Masaya Volcano

  • Kristian

    July 20, 2011 02:50 pm

    The first thing i'd shot would be the abandoned cold rtorage building next door

  • Emma

    July 20, 2011 02:32 pm

    I would go back to all of the places I visited with my old Holga (back before film got too expensive) - SF Palace of Fine Arts, here I come!

  • Will

    July 20, 2011 02:16 pm

    I'd walk outside my apartment to the busy street below and shoot the first thing I see, from the hip, of course.

  • Haysey

    July 20, 2011 02:08 pm

    I would go out into the bushland with the kids and mess around with some fun photos with different lighting! :)

  • Mackenzie

    July 20, 2011 01:49 pm

    my classic bicycle amidst simply beautiful surroundings on campus

  • Eric Rewerts

    July 20, 2011 01:40 pm

    Rocky mountain sunset!!

  • Kikei

    July 20, 2011 01:27 pm

    I would take a picture of the old playground in the reserve near my house... wooden seat swings, a rusty slide, and a holga, it would look amazing!!

  • Cathy Wright

    July 20, 2011 01:18 pm

    the Loch Ness Monster

  • Jason Thomas

    July 20, 2011 01:17 pm

    The first thing I'd shoot would be Landscapes in Yellowstone Park.

  • Slade Calhoun

    July 20, 2011 01:05 pm

    Looks like a ton of fun. The first thing I'd shoot would be some street scenes in Worcester, MA. It's sort of a drab city and the funkiness factor would work well there.

  • Juan

    July 20, 2011 12:54 pm

    My ill, 16-year-old dog.

  • joann, sidewalk chic

    July 20, 2011 12:53 pm

    I'd head to my favorite shoreline to take photos with it. Thanks for hosting this!

  • Carol King

    July 20, 2011 12:51 pm

    my kids, lots of nature shots

  • Sean

    July 20, 2011 12:31 pm

    The view from my office.

  • jessica

    July 20, 2011 12:22 pm

    I love Holgas for "slice of life" photos - I'd use mine to take a picture of the city's next parade.

  • Jennifer

    July 20, 2011 12:21 pm

    Zeke the Boston Terrier!

  • Manu

    July 20, 2011 11:59 am

    I would try the panning technique since I can control shutter speed. I would try a panned shot of a skateboarder!

  • Linda

    July 20, 2011 11:58 am

    First, I would put on my very 50s style wedding dress (just got married a year ago, I still fit in it :)), get my husband in his fedora and suit, put the timer on and get an awesome picture of us!

  • Paul (@princejvstin)

    July 20, 2011 11:47 am

    The first thing I would photograph is nearby Minnehaha Falls in downtown Minneapolis. I bet an urban waterfall would look odd and interesting through a Holga.

  • YL Tan

    July 20, 2011 11:47 am

    I'll photograph my Holga first!

  • Timothy

    July 20, 2011 11:32 am

    My soon to be second son! He's due in just a few days!

  • Iza

    July 20, 2011 11:26 am

    The first thing I will photograph if I win the Holga lens (as if I ever won something before :() will be the tomatoes I am growing for my summer long project of photographing "pizza garden" on my deck.

  • Iza

    July 20, 2011 11:25 am

    The first thing I will photograph if I win the Holga lens (as if I ever won something before :() will be the tomatoes I am growing for my summer long project of photographing "pizza garden" on my deck.

  • Sara

    July 20, 2011 11:19 am

    Well a lot of my photography involved documentation, so I would probably take a photo an hour for the day I got it. And of course, lots of photos of the art stuff I am doing lately, mostly painting.

  • Sue Thompson

    July 20, 2011 11:18 am

    My City Chatham Ontario is hosting their first BIA's Photo Contest...we are to submit only 1 photo of the downtown core. What fun it would be to submit mine taken with this sweet little lens
    Sue

  • astrid

    July 20, 2011 10:55 am

    Classic cars! I love photographing classic cars, and this would be an excellent fun toy to bring to the next car show.

  • daniel rustad

    July 20, 2011 10:45 am

    There is a swampy mossy backwater down by the river that, with the right light, is begging to be photographed with a Holga lens. Pictures that no photo program can recreate.

  • bonnie

    July 20, 2011 10:41 am

    Ah! pick me! This is the coolest thing I've seen in a while! I would photograph my local neighborhood of Chinatown in DC!

  • Diana Cacioppo

    July 20, 2011 10:40 am

    Wow this is fantastic. A lot of people as you said in the article will probably take a liking to this lense, this effect is so popular.

  • Anne Brooker

    July 20, 2011 10:20 am

    The first thing I would photograph would be the rooft00ps from my balcony.

  • Marisa

    July 20, 2011 10:20 am

    Sweet! I'd probably take my first photo of Mt. Hood. Or maybe that really cool graffiti on the dumpster by the grocery store. . .

  • Teddy

    July 20, 2011 10:07 am

    My crib and maybe my hood.

  • Jessica Jones

    July 20, 2011 10:06 am

    Hmmm.... I think I'd shoot myself first, then head to the beach with the kids.

    Thanks!

  • Christy

    July 20, 2011 10:00 am

    My dog!

  • Dominic

    July 20, 2011 09:50 am

    Street photography is what I would try, just to see people's faces as they see this tiny lens on a Nikon D700 with grip :-)

  • Joseph

    July 20, 2011 09:45 am

    The first thing I would photograph, would be lake biwa, from my apartment balcony.

  • Tony Maiello

    July 20, 2011 09:35 am

    The first thing I would photograph is the local Thai temple festival coming up!

  • rebeca r.

    July 20, 2011 09:31 am

    I would hop on my car and take the smallest roads around to shoot nature and wildlife.
    Crossing my fingers!

  • Joe Miller

    July 20, 2011 09:29 am

    I'm traveling to Kansas City, MI soon. So I would use it to shoot skylines and street photography there.

  • David stressman

    July 20, 2011 09:16 am

    I would take pictures of historic downtown charleston sc

  • sam levy

    July 20, 2011 08:54 am

    I will take a pic of my feet!

  • Carrie Elmore

    July 20, 2011 08:50 am

    I think I would head out in the woods... it's been so wet things are so green... would be fun.

  • chad

    July 20, 2011 08:43 am

    levitation photos!!!!!!!! WOOT!

  • Erik

    July 20, 2011 08:35 am

    I'd like to say I'd photograph something incredible and meaningful that showcases the Holga-ness of the lens, but really I'd throw it right on and take shots of whatever was around me, probably the box it came it....but after that, I promise I would take those awesome thought-provoking pics.

  • Vidya

    July 20, 2011 08:29 am

    I'd wreak havoc in Chicago running around with this lens. With such phenomenally detailed (and, unfortunately, frequently overlooked) architecture surrounding such a lively peoplescape, I barely have to leave my front door to see a million picture perfect moments.

  • Ash Burress

    July 20, 2011 08:28 am

    I'm going to paint myself like a zebra and shoot myself.

  • Jen @ BeantownBaker.com

    July 20, 2011 08:26 am

    I'd probably head into Boston and take some pictures down by the water.

  • rian

    July 20, 2011 08:08 am

    my ugly mug? :)

  • Diana K

    July 20, 2011 08:07 am

    I would photograph my four year old daughter. i love that girl!

  • Mr. Jules

    July 20, 2011 08:02 am

    I would take photos of the Just For Laughs street festivals in Montreal.....with a Holga lens should be awesome. It's fun and Just For Laughs!!!......get it?......lol

  • Dan

    July 20, 2011 07:55 am

    The first thing would probably be one of my cats or the spider living in my office window.

  • Chris Jones

    July 20, 2011 07:55 am

    I would shoot the Sunsphere from the 1982 World's Fair. Because its in my home town and I'm just that lucky.

  • Suniendrin Pillay

    July 20, 2011 07:52 am

    With this Awesome kit
    I would first go shoot pics of the true stmbol of Cape Town...Table Mountain,,,,then go shoot some bugs with the macro...if i can find them and finish off my day with some awesome street photography.
    thank you

  • Rachel

    July 20, 2011 07:47 am

    I would photograph my Westie.

  • Des

    July 20, 2011 07:46 am

    a picture of my bright red / orange Holga, with its 4 different coloured flashes!
    Which reminds me, i have 4 rolls of film i need to get processed!

    Nikon d300 owner

  • Brandon

    July 20, 2011 07:35 am

    I'd photograph my favorite little French cafe!

  • nancy

    July 20, 2011 07:25 am

    My kids playing .... every new lens I try out with that.... in the comfort of my own home

  • Zebedee Smith

    July 20, 2011 07:20 am

    My beautiful pregnant wife and then our child.

  • Anita

    July 20, 2011 07:19 am

    A selfportrait :)

  • JJ

    July 20, 2011 07:18 am

    First thing I would photo would be anything outside while sitting on a bus. Somehow that just seems right.

  • jen

    July 20, 2011 07:14 am

    i would take some pictures of the flowers/plants in my yard. thanks!

  • Neha

    July 20, 2011 07:07 am

    I would go Vegas to shoot the stratosphere top and lot of lights there.

  • Nathan Chapman

    July 20, 2011 06:58 am

    Having this lens, I'd jump straight into movie mode and shoot some nice 1080 HD footage... make a short film from my desk, try and tell a story in a new way.

  • Rick

    July 20, 2011 06:50 am

    First thing I'd shoot would be the lack of $25 in my wallet.

    Seriously? f/22 and the holga plugin for Gimp. Free.
    Need more grungy: body cap and pinhole. $1.50.

    For all of you who answered what you'd shoot first with this "lens", why don't you go shoot that thing/person/scene with what you've got? Why does this lens make your potential shot of your daughter more interesting?

  • JWu

    July 20, 2011 06:42 am

    a photo of the giant 3-inch spider that made me involuntarily scream and slam the cabinet door shut when i was looking for popcorn in my mother-in-law's kitchen this morning. i'd suck it up and take a picture if I had a holga lens.

  • KaseyBlack

    July 20, 2011 06:42 am

    I would take a shot of my iron faced fireplace. Should make for a gritty industrial feel with the Holga treatment.

  • Jaime Patterson

    July 20, 2011 06:39 am

    I would use it for a wedding I am shooting in September. It would be interesting to see how the portraits come out.

  • Kiwa

    July 20, 2011 06:34 am

    The literal first thing I'd shoot would either be my ukulele or the palm trees in the park across the road, but I'd be trying to learn how best to use it before my mother-in-law's wedding.

  • Anthony

    July 20, 2011 06:28 am

    I'll be taking my daughter's senior (high school) portraits soon and I think she would love the look of a Holga lens. She's a singer and a drama student and all about standing out. A Holga-based yearbook photo just might do the trick.

  • Ferran

    July 20, 2011 06:28 am

    My girl!! For sure!!

  • Marty Mercer

    July 20, 2011 06:26 am

    I would love to win this kit and first use it at a Hot Air Balloon Festival I am attending in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada on September 9th,10th and 11th. I have been watching Craigs List and similar sites hoping to find a Lomo style film camera for under a $50 used, but if a option like this is available for dSLR it might be a better investment. Thank you for this post as there are several products from Holga Direct I will be interested in.
    I re-posted as well to include my email address martyampm@hotmail.com

  • Maximo Almonte

    July 20, 2011 06:25 am

    the first thing i would photograph is my son's toy collection.

  • Erika

    July 20, 2011 06:22 am

    I would probably photograph my cat. I like to use her as a subject to try out new lenses because she makes the funniest expressions!

  • Marco

    July 20, 2011 06:20 am

    Something old. Like the Capitol bldg or the Washington Monument.

  • Katarina

    July 20, 2011 06:17 am

    Our cats, what else :) They are always there and always look pretty/interesting when I need to try out something new :)

  • Greg

    July 20, 2011 06:16 am

    I'd take some pictures of my 2 year old daughter playing in my garden.

  • Jacopo Tarantino

    July 20, 2011 06:15 am

    The first thing I would shoot would be the boats in Central Park. I've always wanted to do something dreamy with them and it wasn't until I read this post that I realized that the Holga would be the perfect tool to get that image!

  • DerekL

    July 20, 2011 06:14 am

    With the Holga's "vintage" feel... There's a number of old piers along the waterfront here that I'd like to take a crack at.

  • Brian Fuller

    July 20, 2011 06:05 am

    Those pics remind me almost of the 60's, so as I live near Dallas, TX - I'd take some pics of the grassy knoll and the TX School Book Depository.

  • Teresa

    July 20, 2011 06:05 am

    I would do a photo shoot with my child and my friends' children and offer them prints to enjoy! Then I would go to downtown Seattle and start shooting old buildings :)

  • Perry

    July 20, 2011 06:04 am

    I would shot some of the historic buildings in my town (Manassas, VA)

  • Jude Dettmann

    July 20, 2011 06:01 am

    I'd go up to the Saratoga Battlefields.

  • Amber

    July 20, 2011 06:00 am

    I imagine my first thing would be my ever-helpful-if-not-so-excited test model :)

  • Kathi

    July 20, 2011 05:51 am

    First thing I would photography would be my 3 kids then I would take a trip down to the farm and take some nature pictures. I would also use it in some portrait sessions or a wedding shoot. Add something different and unique to the mix.

  • Rob

    July 20, 2011 05:51 am

    There are a few urbex sights I would go and shoot with Holga kit. I can almost see the results in my mind.

  • David

    July 20, 2011 05:51 am

    I would do some sweet street photography around New York City and would be able to capture people and places in an authentically grungy way. It would be very freeing not having to worry about settings and technical perfection but still have the ability to take as many pictures as I want digitally–the best of both worlds! It would also be cool to be able to have those retro effects done in camera and not have to recreate them through post-processing.

  • Aimee

    July 20, 2011 05:48 am

    I'd probably head down the road to shoot the power lines and their towers. Would be fun!

  • Kathi

    July 20, 2011 05:47 am

    The first thing I would photograph would be my 3 kids and then make a trip out to the farm and take some nature pictures around about there. It would also be something I would throw in on doing some portrait sessions or in wedding shoot. Just to add something different and unique into the mix :)

  • sachin

    July 20, 2011 05:46 am

    off to Austria soon, will be taking the canon along of course, so the first thing i hope to shoot with it is the city of Vienna.

  • Leandro Fornasir

    July 20, 2011 05:45 am

    I'd take some pics at the beach or some good gritty city scenes.

  • Doug

    July 20, 2011 05:40 am

    Backpacking trip (if it arrived in time).

  • Madison Raine

    July 20, 2011 05:36 am

    It says to put your email, and I forgot to so I am re posting.
    Email: raine.madison6@gmail.com
    ( please others don't send me spam.)
    I would go down town, on the first friday of the month, everyone goes down town that day, it’s somewhat like a festval, with old cars and tons of people, and old shops. So I would go down town on “first Friday”.

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer

    July 20, 2011 05:35 am

    For Holga shots I use the holga filter in Silver Efex Pro as in the latter two photos of a guitarist I made for use in his album promotional materials, the photos were his choice from the session:

    http://jasoncollinphotography.com/blog/2011/5/31/guitarist-promotional-materials-album-cover-shoot-pass-a-gri.html

  • Dave

    July 20, 2011 05:30 am

    I would take it outside to photograph the trees behind my house, or possibly some of the flowers in my garden.

  • Jeff

    July 20, 2011 05:29 am

    The first thing I would photograph is a person dressed up in clothes from the 1920s or 1930s. This kind of lens would be perfect for that!

  • sue

    July 20, 2011 05:26 am

    i'll continue to shoot my gummie bear series.

  • carrie page

    July 20, 2011 05:22 am

    I would take it to the local city park and taake some nature pics

  • Prasong

    July 20, 2011 05:20 am

    First thing i would do is put it on one of my old slr, put color film, shoot some stuff in the park, come home cross-process.

  • Leslie Tobias

    July 20, 2011 05:17 am

    I would take a picture of whatever was in the room when I open it. I would be too excited to not start snapping pictures right away. After I play though, I would take my camera to the farmers market for some shots.

  • dave

    July 20, 2011 05:06 am

    i would walk around stanley park and take pictures of the Lion's gate bridge here i Vancouver

  • Brett

    July 20, 2011 05:06 am

    I would photograph some fields of flowers near sunset. Seems like it would add a great flair to the photo.

  • Christopher

    July 20, 2011 04:59 am

    The first thing I would shoot would be to go shoot some small local bands playing.

  • Heather

    July 20, 2011 04:54 am

    Cool lens. The first I'd photograph would be a rainy street scene. Those are easy to come by in the UK especially this month.

  • Miguel Lara

    July 20, 2011 04:51 am

    The first thing.... my family on the weekend

  • Julia

    July 20, 2011 04:42 am

    I would take a photo of my 16 year old daughter!

  • Aaron

    July 20, 2011 04:42 am

    First thing I would shoot is is my wonderful family!

  • Nicole

    July 20, 2011 04:42 am

    First shots: my kids playing in the water, most likely the sprinkler. How fun!

  • rebecca johnson

    July 20, 2011 04:36 am

    the first thing i would photograph would be the local farmers taking care of their fields, along with my children playing in their sprinkler, then i would head to Nicholson Pennsylvania and get some shots of the Nicholson Bridge!

  • Ryan

    July 20, 2011 04:34 am

    I'd definitely take a photo of myself doing something ironic!

  • Luke

    July 20, 2011 04:32 am

    The first thing I would photograph is a historic mountain cabin. That lens would create the perfect mood to compliment an old historic building.

  • Ryan

    July 20, 2011 04:29 am

    the first thing id shoot is, a fashion shoot in a lightning storm :)

  • Hannah T.

    July 20, 2011 04:25 am

    Well, technically, I am sure it would be my kids, but I would very soon after be hoping in my car to Bonneville Salt Flats. I love that place.

  • marcus

    July 20, 2011 04:24 am

    This would be perfect for the lego minifig photos I've been doing lately. I have a desk full of them waiting to be photographed and added to my tumblr.

  • Pauline

    July 20, 2011 04:21 am

    I would totally use it as my own Instagram since I have no Iphone! Perfect for tagging along everywhere! :) The first thing I would shoot is my next wedding!

  • Sandy

    July 20, 2011 04:17 am

    I'd probably use it to shoot my 'new' old car, first....I love taking pics like that of old cars. I know someone who has a lens like this, and I am thinking of getting one too. It's pretty cool.

  • Sarah Higgins

    July 20, 2011 04:11 am

    I love my multiple holgas one has more light leaks so it is reserved for color. I just love the way the color is affected, I don't like using post editing I work very hard when I shoot digital to do everything I can to make what I want in camera, so a holga lens on camera and a coop of chickens would make my day.

  • Bryan

    July 20, 2011 04:11 am

    As with any new piece of gear I'd sit paralyzed not wanting to undercut the ceremonial first shot. Then something to fit the medium, a cup of coffee, perhaps.

    -B

  • Mike

    July 20, 2011 04:10 am

    I would love to shoot some light painting with a holga lens on my D7000.

  • Lisa

    July 20, 2011 04:10 am

    The desert around my house and probably some shots of my daughter playing in it :)

  • Connie @ Daydream In Color

    July 20, 2011 04:09 am

    I've often wondered what the Holga lenses were like. Thanks for sharing! I hope I win!

  • Subhajit Mitra

    July 20, 2011 04:06 am

    will take blue hour shot at the side of the Ganges

  • Danielle

    July 20, 2011 04:02 am

    The first thing I would do is use each of the lens to take photos of my little sister and her new pet guinea pig which she adores! Her smile would look great through those awesome lens!!

  • NicoDem

    July 20, 2011 03:59 am

    As I am french, and have the great pleasure to live in Paris, I think that my very first shot would be the Notre Dame cathedral.

    Or the Eiffel Tower.

    Or maybe both..... :D

  • Jake Baldwin

    July 20, 2011 03:58 am

    My first shot would be of my 3 year old son Elijah. He just had a heart cath procedure and will be undergoing open heart surgery soon but he's never short of smiles.

    After that I would head outside.

  • Henry

    July 20, 2011 03:55 am

    I'd take it out late at night for some long exposures.

  • Danielle

    July 20, 2011 03:54 am

    I would take pictures of my little girl out on her daddy's farm!

  • Lamyrus

    July 20, 2011 03:52 am

    Definitely my backyard.

  • Dina

    July 20, 2011 03:50 am

    My flower garden!

  • Madison Raine

    July 20, 2011 03:49 am

    I would go down town, on the first friday of the month, everyone goes down town that day, it's somewhat like a festval, with old cars and tons of people, and old shops. So I would go down town on "first Friday".

  • Cliff

    July 20, 2011 03:45 am

    The very first thing would probably be my desk or my feet or my TV or whoever happens to be in the room when I opened it up.

  • Ross Charnock

    July 20, 2011 03:44 am

    The first thing I'd shoot is the sun flaring through the chains of a swing set in a park.

  • Eric

    July 20, 2011 03:40 am

    I'd shoot this old international truck that my neighbor has sitting in his driveway. The lines are gorgeous.

  • Diane

    July 20, 2011 03:40 am

    I have recently decided to try my hand at street photography. So i would say I would go to the city and start there! What a great giveaway!

  • Tyler Ingram

    July 20, 2011 03:39 am

    The pier at White Rock BC !
    I'm sure I'd shoot other things too, perhaps the trains as they pass by the pier?

  • delo

    July 20, 2011 03:39 am

    With images have more life, they are less cleaned with a digital.

  • Lauri Svendsen

    July 20, 2011 03:37 am

    I would shoot band promo photos to see what cool new looks I could get!

  • Bill Van Loo

    July 20, 2011 03:36 am

    The first thing I would shoot would be my bandmates in the new musical project I'm part of!

  • ra1

    July 20, 2011 03:35 am

    My parents standing together in front of our house and post process it with a sepia effect to make the photo look like it was taken sometime around when they got married (~30 years back)

  • Jason

    July 20, 2011 03:34 am

    The first thing I would photograph is my city. Everything in it. Non-stop shooting.

    We actually did a write up about this same subject on our blog: http://www.meldmultimedia.com/blog/

    We used a holga lens and a Diana+

  • Rhona

    July 20, 2011 03:33 am

    The mirror, to get a holgafied picture of my holga lens lol

  • Yami

    July 20, 2011 03:33 am

    I would use it to photograph homeless people and abandoned buildings. Here in PR we have a major issue when it comes to homeless people, the government doesn't like to invest in shelters or remodeling historic buildings. So I would photograph these two to make a statement! I want somebody to do something as they are sitting down looking at my work.

  • Lauri Svendsen

    July 20, 2011 03:31 am

    I would try it out on band promo photos to see what interesting new shots I could come up with!

  • Kento

    July 20, 2011 03:30 am

    boats sailing on the charles in front of the Boston skyline~

  • David Dawkins

    July 20, 2011 03:29 am

    The house I did my first B&W photography with a Hawkeye and a Diana and first developed my own film in.

  • Nicos

    July 20, 2011 03:29 am

    I would hunt down the kid who stole my wallet and my d200 with my sharp nikon 17-55 lens.
    Walking around the street of paris, documenting my pointless hunt...

    Actually I'm tempted to buy one, but the bastard stole my wallet which was in the same bag... So winning it would be great !

  • Stephanie

    July 20, 2011 03:28 am

    The beach, definitely the beach...wait no, the mountains...wait no, the desert...ahh there are so many options in Southern Califonia...I give up!

  • Valerie S

    July 20, 2011 03:24 am

    I would take pictures of my kids!

    valj1617 at gmail dot com

  • Marisa

    July 20, 2011 03:21 am

    I'd take it out for a wander around the city and take pictures of whatever caught my eye that day!

  • Jenny

    July 20, 2011 03:17 am

    I'd take my two boys to the playground and get them running around, enjoying summer!

  • John

    July 20, 2011 03:16 am

    I would take a picture of our kitten playing with our puppies.

  • George L Smyth

    July 20, 2011 03:13 am

    The first thing I would take a picture of would be the wonderful skyline of Baltimore. And I agree with a couple of comments above, I would also take it to out camera club and show them how once again I have bridged the gap between analog and digital.

  • Rich Kolasa

    July 20, 2011 03:12 am

    The first thing I'd photograph would be the castle in Nuremberg Germany, as I'll soon be living there (:

  • Zan

    July 20, 2011 03:12 am

    I would shoot my plastic Holga camera since I wouldn't use it as much as the digital version! Sa-weeet.

  • Maddie

    July 20, 2011 03:11 am

    Amazing giveaway! I'd take pictures of my beloved downtown Chicago, for sure.

  • Matt J L

    July 20, 2011 03:06 am

    I'd probably take it hiking with me and get some nature shots.

  • Caroline

    July 20, 2011 03:06 am

    I'd walk two blocks from my house, where I can get an unobstructed shot of the U.S. Capitol building.

  • NotYourAvgJoe

    July 20, 2011 03:04 am

    I would take this to my photo club and do a demo!

  • Jen H

    July 20, 2011 03:02 am

    Oh the possibilities! Family, nature, buildings... everything! The first picture would be my crazy cats.

  • bmovlanov

    July 20, 2011 03:02 am

    First thing and only thing I will photograph will be my boring live, which with this lens will be much more interesting.

  • Gabe

    July 20, 2011 03:00 am

    I imagine my first photo would be a test shot, so I would probably take a picture of my dog.

  • Emily

    July 20, 2011 02:59 am

    Very cool! I'd probably shoot my dogs or my kid.

  • Bob

    July 20, 2011 02:57 am

    Summer beach scenes along Lake Erie, absolutely! I can pretty much guarantee plenty of light to work with.

  • jaime

    July 20, 2011 02:55 am

    oh good golly, i would love this! first shot would be of my baby.

  • Joe

    July 20, 2011 02:52 am

    I'd shoot the Mr. Boh sign in Brewer's Hill.

  • Spencer

    July 20, 2011 02:52 am

    I'd take this to China on my upcoming shooting trip to capture China the way it looked in pictures 50 years ago!

  • Carey Davis

    July 20, 2011 02:52 am

    That has our favorite nature trail written all over it--I can just picture the lush tones.

  • Spencer

    July 20, 2011 02:50 am

    I have to say, I would take this to China on my upcoming shooting trip and see China in ways that harken back to the way things were 50 years ago!

  • thammuz

    July 20, 2011 02:50 am

    First thing, would probably be some old building or monument... Just moved between to DC and Richmond... Haven't explored DC nor taken my camera down to Richmond.

  • Chia

    July 20, 2011 02:50 am

    The first thing I would shoot would be my nieces!

  • Danny Rosario

    July 20, 2011 02:48 am

    My new car I just bought. With my own money that I saved up. It's old and retro. But it's mine and I love it.
    1988 Toyota MR2 Supercharger.

    Take it around town and have a fun photoshoot.

  • Sean Prunka

    July 20, 2011 02:48 am

    I love family candids with Holga-like filter effects on my Android phone's camera, so most likely, I'd start snapping up a bunch of shots of my 5 kids ... well the 3 who aren't camera-shy anyway.

    After that, I'd do some artistic still-lifes and just start exploring from there. Probably some "Urban Still-Life" shots... I've found that grungy locales are very well suited to this type of effect.

  • Fantacy

    July 20, 2011 02:46 am

    I would shoot my kids or my nephews or my husband or my pets depending on which group is on my bad side that day.....um I mean since they all hate having their pics take ;). Ya know what? Actually I would take pics of myself with it first! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    July 20, 2011 02:46 am

    I'd shoot my Holga camera :)

  • Jamison

    July 20, 2011 02:45 am

    I'd love to get a couple of models and do a retro shoot with a Holga lens - that would be awesome!

  • Momen Khaiti

    July 20, 2011 02:44 am

    I would hold it and take my photo in the mirror to show it to all of my friends!

  • Serena Crim

    July 20, 2011 02:43 am

    My husband would be the object of my Holga affections. He's fun to photograph, anyway. It would be a blast with a digital holga setup.

  • Justin

    July 20, 2011 02:43 am

    What better way to play around with a new toy than with self-portraits?

  • Dani

    July 20, 2011 02:41 am

    Pictures of my nieces and nephews!

  • John Shinn

    July 20, 2011 02:41 am

    A photograph of a photograph... then everything else.

  • Alan

    July 20, 2011 02:39 am

    Oh my goodness, how perfect! I was just looking to buy a Holga to play with! Now I can have one less thing to carry with this lens in my camera bag! So cool!

  • Bev Louthan

    July 20, 2011 02:39 am

    I'd photograph my 2 month old baby. And lots of other great stuff!!

  • cliftonjan

    July 20, 2011 02:39 am

    Straight to the beach for me.....lots of people, lots of colour, loads of fun....

  • Jesus H

    July 20, 2011 02:38 am

    I'd take a pic of my kodak retina! ;)

  • Xon Coronel

    July 20, 2011 02:37 am

    I'll take a picture of the freight train that passes through town in the morning then New York for a photowalk for the rest of the day.

  • Joy

    July 20, 2011 02:37 am

    I guess seeing I am new to all the photography tech and am willing to learn and experience everything, if I had the Digital Holga Ultimate Kit I would take pictures of everything and anything. I am just starting to understand the aperture, shutter speed, focal point....etc....so with this not having but a set f/8 and no auto focus it would allow me to work on the shutter speed and come out with some awesome photos. Not only that it would help me with looking outside the box and work on improving my imagenation to take and produce great photos in the future.

    Thank you for listening
    JB

  • Emily

    July 20, 2011 02:36 am

    I would use the lens to take some photos of my friends and their children.

  • mjmahoney

    July 20, 2011 02:36 am

    my cats, no question.

  • josh

    July 20, 2011 02:35 am

    Would definitely love to get some of those unique shots of the mountains nearby!

  • indhirap

    July 20, 2011 02:35 am

    First thing? my crazy Pug for sure :-)

  • Steve Pontbriand

    July 20, 2011 02:35 am

    I'd photogaph fruits and vegetables stands at my local market!

  • Michael Lande

    July 20, 2011 02:34 am

    First thing - portraits of my kids!

  • Nora

    July 20, 2011 02:33 am

    I would photograph my quirky bull terrier, Rupert! :)

  • Alberto MV

    July 20, 2011 02:33 am

    My dog running all over the garden or my old toys :D

  • jayrol

    July 20, 2011 02:31 am

    defiantly a self a portrait

  • Kimberly Anne

    July 20, 2011 02:29 am

    I'd shoot my kids!! With my camera, of course ;)

  • Gregg Lowrimore

    July 20, 2011 02:28 am

    My portraiture work would be enhanced by this Holga kit. Something new/different to offer my clients!

  • Jeff

    July 20, 2011 02:27 am

    I would probably photograph my dog bathing in the sun by the door to my balcony. I think that would turn out well with this lens.

  • midwestslp

    July 20, 2011 02:27 am

    I would photography the barren park that's by my house, but I would switch it to black & white, reminiscent of when I used to shoot with my .88 cents Diana camera my mom bought for me oh so many years ago when I was a kid.

  • Lena

    July 20, 2011 02:27 am

    This is aweome! I love the nostalgic feel it creates! The first picture I would take with it would be the old VW Beetle around the block. That reminds me of my childhood, and to see that with some sky and houses behind it... ahhhh the memories!

  • Noelle

    July 20, 2011 02:26 am

    Knowing me, I'd probably go out to a nearby park and shoot leaves and plants.

    Before that even, probably our cats.

  • Tara

    July 20, 2011 02:25 am

    I would photograph animals at my local animal shelter, but the light thing might make it tricky...guess I will have to up the creativity.

  • Angela

    July 20, 2011 02:24 am

    First thing I would photograph (as usual) would be my 9 month old little ginger- Henry! Babies with red hair make for great photos! :))

  • Silvocan

    July 20, 2011 02:23 am

    I would go Downtown Vancouver and shoot modern architecture. It would be a cool blend of new and old sort of speak

  • Marie

    July 20, 2011 02:22 am

    I would probably want to photograph Old Montreal. Such a beautiful city.

  • leslie

    July 20, 2011 02:21 am

    I'd get a pic of my dog, maybe with the small lens he'd stop being scared of my camera.

  • Marilynn

    July 20, 2011 02:20 am

    I would photograph my family and then have some fun with the mountains and canyons I have so close!

  • Marty Mercer

    July 20, 2011 02:19 am

    I would love to win this kit and first use it at a Hot Air Balloon Festival I am attending in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada on September 9th,10th and 11th. I have been watching Craigs List and similar sites hoping to find a Lomo style film camera for under a $50 used, but if a option like this is available for dSLR it might be a better investment. Thank you for this post as there are several products from Holga Direct I will be interested in.

  • tomek

    July 20, 2011 02:18 am

    I'd take photo of my nephew.

  • Brad

    July 20, 2011 02:14 am

    I have to say, that looks like quite a bit of fun. The first thing I would photograph would be the kids playing in the yard or the park. Those would be some great photos for the memory book!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Jay Saenz

    July 20, 2011 02:12 am

    I would take a shot of one of the wolves that lives near the cottage in the winter.

  • Kronoss

    July 20, 2011 02:11 am

    My hairy feet.

  • Rev

    July 20, 2011 02:11 am

    I would photograph a puppy :)

  • Karen Ard

    July 20, 2011 02:08 am

    I've been wanting this little baby for my Canon. I'd run out and do some street photography as soon as I got it! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Casey

    July 20, 2011 02:08 am

    First thing I would shot would be my daughter playing in a mud puddle.

  • Steve

    July 20, 2011 02:08 am

    Likely be the room I unpacked it in, followed by the first member of my family to show up nearby.

  • Casey

    July 20, 2011 02:06 am

    I was about to order this but i think i will wait and see if i'm the lucky winner!

  • Clare

    July 20, 2011 02:06 am

    I would probably head to the beach at low tide and see what was around.

  • peter

    July 20, 2011 02:06 am

    the golden gate bridge

  • Matt

    July 20, 2011 02:05 am

    I would take a shot my beautiful face.

  • Cathy

    July 20, 2011 02:05 am

    My granddaughter!

  • Rick

    July 20, 2011 02:05 am

    Not a bad way to add some analog coolness to your repertoire.

  • Jess

    July 20, 2011 02:04 am

    MY CHICKENS!!!

    I've been wanting a Holga forever, this would be so awesome!

  • chrislaz

    July 20, 2011 02:03 am

    I'd probably go around photographing stuff around here at CERN -- photos of technology machines taken with a vintage not-so-technological look :)

  • Emman

    July 20, 2011 02:02 am

    I think I will take a picture of a Parade or people marching, dancing and having fun.. Base on the photos I've seen using the Holga Lens, this lens is not suitable for macro shots or shots that you want to be sharp and crisp for it doesn't have a focus. Its a lens made to enhance or awaken your imagination. We have to adjust for the lens. The opposite of most lens do, to adjust for us.. :))

  • Sage

    July 20, 2011 02:01 am

    The Binion Sign, Downtown, Las Vegas, NV! Would love to see how that looks in a Holga format. And everything else Downtown Las Vegas.

  • Scott LaPaglia

    July 20, 2011 02:00 am

    My brothers morkie, she tends to work well with the camera.

  • megs

    July 20, 2011 01:59 am

    I'd be hard pressed not to shoot @ the lakeshore (Lake Michigan); people, the lake, lighthouses, gulls, and boats and anything else I can see. :)

  • Eric Blair

    July 20, 2011 01:58 am

    I would photograph all of the things that make my town iconic. The timeless quality of the photos would highlight this perfectly!

  • Dylan

    July 20, 2011 01:58 am

    ooh - send me the kit and I'll shoot my brother-in-law's wedding with it exclusively.

  • Nikki Ronaghan

    July 20, 2011 01:58 am

    What a great giveaway! The first thing I'd photograph with the Digital Holga Ultimate Kit would be my 3 year old daughter playing in the field in back of our home. I love the way photographs come out with a Holga and a digital one would be great. It would also be a great addition to my Nikon!

  • Karl

    July 20, 2011 01:57 am

    I think the Holga lens would be great for street photography - give it that grungy, dramatic look.

  • SteffenS

    July 20, 2011 01:57 am

    That looks like a fun thing to try out. I would probably head to the city and do some street photography or pick out some of the landmarks over here.

  • Clinton

    July 20, 2011 01:57 am

    I would photograph my friends.

  • javan

    July 20, 2011 01:57 am

    First thing I would shoot? Self-portrait in the mirror showing the lens attached to my camera like I do with any new equipment!

  • James Bong

    July 20, 2011 01:55 am

    If I get it in time, I would take it out to Burning Man to photograph the event. The funky image quality of the lenses would be the perfect match for this quirky event.

  • Jefrey Solis

    July 20, 2011 01:55 am

    The first thing I would photograph is my fiancee and make her look dreamy with this lens :)

  • Paul

    July 20, 2011 01:54 am

    I would first head to the harbour (I live in Hamburg) to shoot the docks.

  • Sam

    July 20, 2011 01:54 am

    I'd photograph my last month in Northern VA before moving to MI. Capturing my last month with my friends on my friend's (on loan) Canon T1. Film SLR with the nostalgia of the Holga. Everything is digital now, but film is making a come back!

  • Sarah

    July 20, 2011 01:53 am

    Kiddos playing in the grass. Wearing vintage clothes.

  • Nanookmama

    July 20, 2011 01:51 am

    sarahnbauer@gmail.com

    The first thing? Alaska. First the Kenai Peninsula, then Anchorage, then Denali National Park.

  • Ashley Brown

    July 20, 2011 01:51 am

    I have been looking for something like this so long. I dont know much of Photoshop filters but this Holga lens is my dream effect and that without editing! I really want one of these lenses!

    The first thing I would take a photo of is my new girlfriend that is open to nude photography thereafter I would take pictures of our farms lands!

  • AngieS

    July 20, 2011 01:49 am

    I think I would probably takes some photos on the streets of Central London.

  • Kallie

    July 20, 2011 01:48 am

    I would go out to the garden with it and see what I could find!

  • Natalie B.

    July 20, 2011 01:47 am

    Chances are it'll be my kids. They are always around when I'm testing my camera!

  • Joe St. Louis

    July 20, 2011 01:46 am

    The first thing I would do with this lens is take pictures of my neice at play and maybe my new dog.

  • Rachel

    July 20, 2011 01:44 am

    that looks like fun! I would take a nice photoshoot of my little sister, as I owe her one :)

  • Jean-Charles Renaud

    July 20, 2011 01:44 am

    I know I would try a test snap of the camera with lens while looking in the mirror at first. But my first intentions would be to get a solo shoot session going with this lens. It might also be nice to have it on a second camera for a wedding shoot. I want it.

  • kevin

    July 20, 2011 01:43 am

    I'd shoot the woods I run through every week... The holga I had in college was awesome; it'd be great to have that for my canon!

  • Nicholas

    July 20, 2011 01:42 am

    Umh, I think I would shot my old grandmother while making homemade pasta on Sundays. The Olga's vintage effect will be a perfect match with her old kitchen and all the ingredients on her table. :D

  • Jesse Kaufman

    July 20, 2011 01:42 am

    I think the lens would be great for shooting back alleys in the town where I live ... i like the "gritty" feel that Holga shots have, which goes well with the "seedy underbelly" of a town :)

  • Catherine

    July 20, 2011 01:41 am

    My cats! Its impossible to make them look bad =)

  • AppleTree

    July 20, 2011 01:41 am

    The first thing I photograph whenever I get a new lens or implement is, without fail, my dog. I tend to think the Holga would get the same initiation.

  • Carlos Messer

    July 20, 2011 01:40 am

    This Holga for SLR will free me from using my iPhone to create this great effect! Looking forward to using the lens on holiday taking street photography in Italy.

  • Kenneth Setzer

    July 20, 2011 01:40 am

    First thing I'd photograph with the Holga lens? A small collection of fossils and bones I have. Creepiness factor would be nicely increased with a Holga look I think.

  • Ciara

    July 20, 2011 01:40 am

    My 10 month old daughter taking her first steps well her stands first for a bit longer then 2 seconds, the walking ain't that far off.

  • Caroline @ chocolate and carrots

    July 20, 2011 01:39 am

    The Ravenel Bridge in Charleston, SC. :-)

  • phil o’sophie

    July 20, 2011 01:38 am

    of course my dog - what else?

  • Denise Ellyson

    July 20, 2011 01:37 am

    I'd love one of these fun & funky lenses. The first place I'd likely go would be to the cemetery to see what kind of creepy-cool photos I could get with this lens.

  • Denise Ellyson

    July 20, 2011 01:35 am

    I would love to have one of those fun & funky lenses! The first place I'd likely take it is to the cemetery to see what kind of creepy-cool photos I could get.

  • Sheila

    July 20, 2011 01:35 am

    This is awesome! The first photo I would take with a digi-holga set up would have to be the old tractor falling apart by the barn.

  • Paul J

    July 20, 2011 01:31 am

    would love to take pictures of my 6 month old and 5 year old on our vacation in August. I think the Holga lenses will give some great emotion to the pictures.

  • steve

    July 20, 2011 01:29 am

    the first photo i would shoot, would be my collection of L series lenses as i burn them all......

  • miguel

    July 20, 2011 01:29 am

    First thing to photograph with the holga lens would my turtle.

  • Amarie

    July 20, 2011 01:28 am

    I'd run out and take a photo of the beautiful Summer sky!

  • pmurch

    July 20, 2011 01:28 am

    Gotta say, with a lens like this, I think I'd want to get some nice close up shots of old tin toys!

  • Daniel

    July 20, 2011 01:27 am

    I didn't know that Holga lenses existed for SLR cameras. I would love to have one, get into all the summer festival happening right now in Montreal and get spontaneous pictures of the crowd having fun!

  • Tim

    July 20, 2011 01:27 am

    I would love to win the kit and I'd have to make an obligatory shot of my yellow lab as my first shot. I didn't think you could take a first shot that wasn't of a dog or cat?

  • Pati

    July 20, 2011 01:27 am

    My flowers in my yard!

  • Atte Tanner

    July 20, 2011 01:26 am

    I would take it with me to Kos, Greece when we travel next month with two friends of mine. What would I photograph? well, everything travel related and be a total hipster!

  • Thomas G.

    July 20, 2011 01:26 am

    I would make a photo of my girlfriend... with a not-so-sharp lens she would look much more cute! :P XD

  • Daniel

    July 20, 2011 01:25 am

    "what would be the first thing you would photograph with your new Digital Holga Ultimate Kit?"

    Myself. A self-portrait.

  • 100driiine

    July 20, 2011 01:25 am

    Wow great! I'm already a huge fan of Lomography, but a lens kit to put on my camera would be awesome!
    If I win, my first photo will be a parisian street taken directly from my balcony ;) (the best and quickest way to test it!).
    Thanks for that competition ;)
    Have a great week!

  • Patrick

    July 20, 2011 01:24 am

    The Spires of Cologne Cathedral :)

  • Andrew S.

    July 20, 2011 01:24 am

    First thing... my wife who would probably be holding our cats.

  • Leona Headley

    July 20, 2011 01:22 am

    The first thing I would photograph would be my dog.

  • rachel

    July 20, 2011 01:22 am

    looks fun! I would probably shoot my kids. well, you know what I mean!

  • Alma

    July 20, 2011 12:48 am

    The.first thing... My two year old girl. Then I'm sure I would head to the coast.

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