Holga 35 MF is a more advanced camera for Holga standards. It looks
like an 80s camera (the design reminds a bit the Russian Elikon 535
with a similar F3.8 lens), but was obviously sold from Hong Kong in the
early 2000s and also via the Lomography company. There were 2 sister
models, the 35 MF (wich has no manual focus, it's fixed) and the 35
AFX, an autofocus model. There is little information on both.
front closed. Aperture setting with weather symbols. ISO setting lever.
front, sunny setting with small aperture.
Aperture full open and flash set. If you action the flash slider, the flash pops up a little bit and charges.
Camera back. Flash charged.
top. Film rewind (onlyworks when the film is at its end), film wind control, shutter
release with cable release thread and counter. Camera bottom unsharp. Tripod socket. Battery compartment, takes 2 AA batteries.
Using the Holga 35 MF is easy. You drop the film, insert it into the
take-up spool and close the back. The film advance is motorized. Choose
the appropriate presetting, exposure is automatic. Just frame and
shoot, no focus. Picture quality is decent for a simple camera. Rewind
is not automatic, you have to press and hold the rewind button.
It's a toy or fun camera,
all plastic, but it's fun indeed. Holga build quality seems to be a lot better than other Lomo cameras.