Holga D Digital Camera Concept

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Written by Brian Ling (Design Sojourn)
Jul 10, 2010


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It is really nice to see designers mature in their profession! Do check out, long time Design Sojourn friend, Saikat Biswas’ awesome Holga D digital camera concept. You would probably have seen it, as it has been all over the internet, but I still want to share it here with you because firstly, it is a very cool concept and secondly, I want to thank Saikat for his long time support with a little link juice back to his new website.

Check out more of his images after the jump and do click on the images for a larger view.

I really like the flip-able trigger panel as this really resonates with a lefty like me. But Saikat, my friend, where is the viewfinder! I know you are hoping for a minimal design and a delayed gratification in viewing the shots, but you still need to see what you are shooting at right? Aren’t Holga cameras really all about imperfections in the photo capturing and reproduction process?

Regardless, nice concept development sketches and do check out the rest of the images at Saikat’s personal blog.






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Comments

Saikat
Jul 10, 10 – 4:32 pm

Hi DT!
I am glad to see Holga D here!

The reason there is no viewfinder is because the the default Holga lens has a aperture of 8 to 11 which gives it a very deep depth of field. So most likely everything will be in focus anyways.

And there is a very simple viewfinder as an optional accessory that can be added to the accessory port of the camera. It’s on the Holga D page on my website.

If someone is using fast lens the depth of field would be shallow and you need a range-finder viewfinder (which also can be added to the accessory port) for such lens. I will more detail about the camera soon on my site.

Thanks again for featuring it! :)

Saikat

Rene Lee
Jul 11, 10 – 9:11 am

Well done sir.

Jackie Hewitt
Jul 26, 10 – 11:18 pm

Hello all.

First of all, let me say that this is a fantastic design and the work Saikat has put into it should be applauded. This is clearly a bit of a ‘labour of love’ type scenario I am sure. In reference to the lack of a viewfinder, it is a bit of a big thing to omit, but I have to say that I prefer it without for the sheer minimalism of the design. I suppose this would take ‘point-and-shoot’ to its absolute extreme though! Just thought I’d also let you know that we’ve featured this post (and, indeed, Saikat’s design) over on our Autodesk Showcase blog.

All the best, Jackie.

DT
Jul 27, 10 – 5:41 pm

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for featuring us at the Autodesk Showcase blog! I will be keeping track of your site as well.

Please keep in touch?

Saikat
Jul 28, 10 – 3:40 am

Thanks Jackie for your kind words!

About the viewfinder, it’s not missing! it’s not fixed on the camera body to make it replaceable, so that you could use different view finders based on the lens you are using.

Thank you Rene.

Saikat
Jul 28, 10 – 3:43 am

Btw, I have posted a proposal to develop Holga D as an open source camera platform. If you are interested please read it here
http://www.saikatbiswas.com/blog/2010/07/18/could-holga-d-succeed-as-an-open-source-camera_/

Steve
Dec 10, 11 – 8:28 pm

I just came across this design while looking for information on 120GN Holgas (I’ve got a brain baby myself). As a photographer, I think this is an awesome camera! I do have one thing I’d like to see on the camera though, if it could be done without messing with the concept, naturally: an option for “type” of image taken. For example: black and white, color negative, slide, or even cross process. I suppose that could be done with software supplied with the camera though. Anyway, great idea, looking forward to photographing with one.


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