Sunday, January 29, 2012

More Sydney photos plus a Superheadz Golden Half review

You can check out all the other photos from this roll on my lomo account.

Let's start at the start: the Superheadz Golden Half camera is a half-frame 35mm film camera. Each frame is split so two exposures can be taken. If you have 24 exp film, you would end up with 48 photos, or 48 different pictures. It's easy to understand if you look at the pictures above. You can divide these up post processing if you wish.

Overall I would recommend this camera, it's reasonably cheap around the internet and an easy starter for film beginners. I particularly like the low-res pictures it gives with a natural blurring towards the outer edges of the picture.

One thing that you must consider is lighting conditions. It has two aperture settings, f/8.5 and f/11 for supposedly sunny and cloudy conditions. You'll be lucky to get a good picture indoors or during particularly dark conditions, but the bonus being you can add a flash for party photos if you wish. This is like most film cameras though - no light, no picture. Oh, and remember to take the lens cap off. I've lost far too many photos by leaving it on.

Overall, it's a fun little camera and I totally love how the pictures turn out. I guess the full-frame equivalent would be a Superheadz Ultra Wide & Slim, although there is no hotshoe and the aperture is fixed at f/11. I finally purchased one, so perhaps I'll review that one day too. I love toy cameras because each has it's own way about things and it really pushes me to take better photos.

Top tips

Choose you film carefully: I wrote a long rant about how you should use 400 iso film for this camera - I was certain that was what I had used. But for journalistic accuracy I checked my negatives and the little 'kodak 200' would prove me otherwise. I'm stumped. So I'll just leave it at this - the higher the iso number the more sensitive the film is to light. This increases noise in theory but the difference between 400 and 200 is not a problem. It's when you start buying film speeds of 800 and 1600 where it might be something to think about. I guess I'd recommend 400 film, but I can't really justify that now, can I?

Take quite a few starting shots: because I have missed several frames due to the fact that I haven't realised that the film may not 'start' until maybe 2-4 frames onwards. There's alway a few extra frames at the end to make up for this.

Scan negatives in yourself if you can: I confuse film developers. This camera is crazy to most, bar perhaps your most experienced lomo film developers. But even they get tripped up, I've had missing frames in scans and silly little things like that.

You probably don't know how keen you are on film photography yet, but once you get to roll 5 you've probably got a bit of hobby going. Film scanners can save money in the long run - you can buy specific film scanners, or there are flatbed scanners that are able to scan film as well - check out your university computers too. Prices vary dramatically, but it costs me an extra $5-$10 AUD roughly for scanning. Remember that you can also scan in your parents' negatives for safe keeping too, so it can be worth it. Just don't buy a 35mm scanner for your 120mm film...

Take the lens cap off: I would almost advise leaving it at home. I don't because the camera floats around my bag and knowing me I would be the only person ever to scratch a tiny sunken lens with my car keys. But it you have a separate compartment, leave it. There's nothing worse than realising you've left the lens cap on and wasted a frame or Kodak moment. Even if you're not using Kodak.

Film is hit and miss: I'm still learning, and film is challenging. And I know a lot about film, and a little bit about photography. Sometimes I get a roll back and there's only a few frames I'm truly happy with. But this is how you learn, and there's nothing better than improving on a skill that not everyone has.

Still not sure? Why not try an Aqua Pix. It's about $10 on eBay. Don't even think about it.

Any questions? I'll answer them below.


  1. as a photography major, these tips are very good.
    also, that camera sounds adorable.

    1. Phew! I hope I'm not just rambling on sometimes :P

  2. been doing my best to resist this cute little camera. I have like, 10 film cameras now of different type and you aren't helping me from stopping myself buying this!
    great review, thanks for sharing.

  3. golden half is my all time favorite! I like your shots :-)

  4. great tips! where did you buy the flash for this camera? I've been looking but can't find anything.
    i really like your photos!

    1. Thank you! I had a small flash from my Pop but if you looks for 'holga flash' on ebay there are lots of small flashes there and you can get ones with optional coloured effects which are fun to try.

  5. Hye i want to buy this camera but where can i get this the cheapest? It was on amazon for 38.99, but do you know where i can get this cheaper?

    1. Hello!
      There are always a few standard places I check when buying a camera:
      - eBay
      - photojojo
      - holgadirect (I have not bought from here though)
      - the local trading website
      It does depend on which country you are in though since shipping will differ. Also try a google search just in case.
      If you like this camera I would also recommend the superheadz slim (there are pics here for this camera) which I believe is quite cheap atm especially on four corner store.

    2. Hello,
      thanks for the sites but i don't find it cheaper,
      do you know some more sites?

    3. I think you will have to depend on an internet search from here! I usually find ebay the cheapest - but like I mentioned the superheadz slim is $25 on and it's very very similar, but full framed.
      I believe when I bought this camera I payed more than $40 - but that was about 3 years ago so I'm not sure now.
      Happy hunting :)

    4. okay now i need to choose between: holga 135, superheadz slim, superheadz golden half. Which is the best one? if you don't look at the price

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