06 April 2010
Holga & Minolta
These two have been my two recent favourites. I haven't seen results from the Holga 135 yet, but the amount of shots I've taken mean I should get something done about that sooner rather than later.
I am enjoying using the Holga 135, but it does make me feel slightly not-in-control. I prefer to have more than two apertures to choose from, and more than one shutter speed. I might just have to get used to that, though - this is part of the reason I choose to use Holgas, all the 'technical' side of things is dispensed with straight away.
However, I do much enjoy the Minolta. There's a challenge there (although the Aperture Priority mode can hi-jack this somewhat), and the results are usually superb - especially with that Rokkor 1.7 lens on board! I've heard one or two people say that the lens-film combination are what matter, and the camera itself doesn't have a lot to do with end result. I say "poo" to that (with knobs on) - if you're not comfortable with the capabilities and features of the camera body you use, it doesn't matter how good your lens or film is because you'll end up with crap.
That's not to say my photos are brilliant by any stretch. But I'm never disappointed by the Minolta.