Film: 120/medium format
Format/Frame: 6 x 12 cm
Duct tape is your friend. Basically the back pops off! If this happens your film is done. This isn’t the type of camera that was built to provide ultimate user satisfaction, so you have to tape all the edges of the backplate onto the front of the camera… This is the most important improvement to the camera you can make.—Brian Hawley / fotopholio.wordpress.com
Check out the Utah Film Photography’s entire review on the Holga WPH review HERE
My Insights on The Holga WPH
A pinhole camera has always had some appeal to me since I first learned about them way back in my high school days. However, I was never energetic enough to create one from a soup can or oatmeal container, nor was I very enthused to employ sheet film (4×5) and the messiness of loading it into the camera and processing it.
So, for years, I was without a pinhole camera until the Holga Wide-Angle Pinhole (WPH) was released in 2008. I thought of it as the first pinhole camera I could truly embrace because it didn’t require sheet film (120 instead), and it was manufactured—meaning it wouldn’t be hit or miss like a homemade pinhole I might attempt to create.
The WPH has not been a disappointment either despite its minimalistic functions. Thus far, I have only shot with the full 6 x 12 cm format rather than the 6 x 9 cm mask, but I’m happy with the results despite the extreme corners picking up some of camera’s hardware.
If you are looking for an easy to operate, pinhole camera, The Holga WPH might be the camera for you.