Took the new Holga out today to see what it does. It was kind of different to use, as it felt like a Holga (it's almost the same size...just shorter), but some of the stuff is in the wrong place. I kept going for the shutter release to the side of the lens. I even forgot to focus a few times, just because it was new experience. At least I didn't leave the lens cap on, like when I first started using my 120. The camera has a nice, solid build, and doesn't feel as flimsy as the 120. There are no parts that you feel will break off if you manhandle it a bit. The winder knob is sturdy and reinforced with metal.
One small thing I discovered after finishing this roll...aim up a bit if you are close to your subject. Everything that I was trying to get in the frame at the top doesn't show up...and I got more ground than I wanted. So...aim up a bit. I just wandered around downtown Phoenix for an hour to shoot this roll. I used Arista.edu 100. I've used the 120 version and have been mostly indifferent, but I quite like the 35mm 100. Nice tones and the film is very flat. Drives me nuts when film is ultra curly and bells up in the middle. And this film is cheap...like $1.80 for a 24 exp roll. Not bad. Developed in 1:1 D-76. Anyway, some shots...
What do you notice first? The massive vignette. Fantastic. I've been looking for a 35mm camera that does some of what 120/620 toy cameras do, and this is it. I have NEVER seen this on ANY 35mm camera, out of the box (not including pinholes and modifications, etc.). Time camera? Nope. Akira? Nope. L-CA? Not even close. I don't know exactly what they did here, but it works for me. That is some crazy vignette for a 35mm camera. Maybe as simple as making the exposed image smaller than the available frame. Whatever, I like it. It has a nice depth of field and treats the out of focus background in a decent manner, as seen in the shot with the saint, or monk, or whatever he is. One big difference between this and the 120...no lightleaks. But I think it's better without.
So, that's it! As I said in my previous post, whenever these become available on a broader scale, they will probably be quite popular. I'm sufficiently impressed.