| Holgas are simple. They're full-fledged cameras that manage to function with a body made of plastic, a spring for a shutter, and no adjustments. Made in China, they have boomed in popularity since hitting the fine-art scene in the 1980s. An excellent introduction to medium format photography, a break from super-techy digitals, and a cheap toy to play with and shoot with abandon, the $20 Holga is both a plaything and a serious photographic tool, and it's a heck of a lot of fun!
For a basic introduction to get your Holga up and running, check out Freestyle Photographic's Holga Manual. For an in-depth guide to everything you've ever wanted to know about basic and advanced Holga shooting, a gallery of work by dozens of world-class photographers, and a history of the world of toys, get a copy of "Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity" today!