Holga vs. Hipstamatic: Monkey in a tree

Holga: Monkey in a tree -- by Joe Reifer
Holga: Monkey in a tree -- by Joe Reifer
Hipstamatic: Monkey in a tree -- by Joe Reifer
Hipstamatic: Monkey in a tree -- by Joe Reifer

Holga vs. Hipstamatic: Toy Camera vs. Digital Toy Camera

1. The Holga 120N image at the top has light leaks, is only sharp in the center, and has limited depth of field. The Kodak 400VC negative film handled the harsh mid-day lighting just fine (400VC has been replaced by Portra 400). At $5 + tax for the film and $6 for developing, it's about $1 per shot when shooting with a Holga. Plus scanning time.

2. The second monkey photo was taken with the popular Hipstamatic app on an iPhone 4 using the Helga lens, and has been color corrected and resized in Photoshop. The framing is tighter because that's the only way the iPhone would meter for the subject. I liked the image OK until I got the film back from the lab -- now I much prefer the Holga version. iPhone photography apps are fun, but still haven't replaced toy camera goodness for me. It's a different thing.

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