Competition time: This month we are giving away an awesome Holga 35mm film camera! Simply leave a comment to enter.

Update 2: Friday 18 January 2013 1:42PM

And the randomly selected winner is… Philip Malherbe!

Philip stated in his comment that he “would love to try [his] hand at black and white film photography” in 2013. Congratulations Philip, with the Holga 35mm you’ll be able to shoot plenty of black and white film this year!

Once again, big thanks to everyone else that commented – we hope you all manage to achieve your photographic goals in 2013!

Update 1: Friday 18 January 2013 12PM

The competition is now closed! Thanks for all the comments, the winner will be selected and announced soon.

Hi everyone, it’s time for another great Orms Connect giveaway. This month, we’ve got a fantastic Holga 35mm film camera to give to one lucky winner!

Holga 35mm

The Holga 35mm is a slightly miniaturized version of the original medium format Holga.

Like its older sibling, it has an all plastic lens, two shutter settings, and two aperture settings. Its advance and shutter are uncoupled meaning that you can shoot unlimited multiple exposures on the same frame. Its images are dripping with color, contrast, a slight softness, and a whole lotta soul. For that classic Holga look, with the ease of 35mm film development, this guy cant be beat.

See photographs taken by the Holga 135.


  • Plastic 48mm f/8 Lens – Great colours and contrast for that Lomography look.
  • Uncoupled Advance and Shutter – Perfect for multiple-exposures.
  • Variable Shutter Speeds and Aperture
  • Zone Focus – Easy and quick manual focusing
  • Standard Tripod & Shutter Release Threads
  • Standard Hotshoe
  • Normal 35mm processing – Simply drop the film off at Orms when you’re done.

How To Enter
Make sure that you have liked our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter, and then leave a comment on this blog post, answering the following question:

“What new style, genre or technique would you like to try or experience in 2013?”


  1. The competition is open to all South African residents, 18 or older.
  2. The winner will be selected randomly, and will need to be a fan of Orms Direct on Facebook or follow @OrmsDirect on Twitter.
  3. Only one comment/entry per person will count. If you leave more than one comment, it will only count as one entry.
  4. No exchanges or returns available – the prize is awarded as is.
  5. The colour of the prize may vary from the photos.
  6. Competition closes Friday 18 January 2013 at 12:00 PM.

Please note: We make use of to randomly generate a number corresponding to the eventual winner’s comment. We run the number generator once – the first number is the winner. All comments get checked for duplicates. The nature of this random system ensures that everyone has a fair chance of winning, which is very important to us. If you post under an anonymous nickname, we will attempt to maintain your anonymity.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.


Orms Giveaway: Holga 35mm Film Camera

  1. I’d like to start playing around more with pre-exposed film. I’ve done a little bit of this in the past, but I’ve got some more ideas to make it extra fun.

  2. I am insanely keen to nurture my inner photojournalist by exploring a more documentary style to my photos this year. I’ve even enrolled to a masters degree course. Really hope I get it!

  3. I’m not a photographer by trade, nor am I a pro at capturing perfect shots. I am learning much about the wonder of photography and capturing special and unexpected moments. What I definitely would like to learn in 2013 is underwater motion pictures. Not just sea creatures but fashion shoots under water would be great.

  4. Ahh 2013, years seem to be flying by leaving us with so little time yet photos allow us to cherish those memories, time might bring change but this year I would love to focus on black&white photos, seems to bring out the best in a picture & leaves so much for the viewer …

  5. I’ve been dying to use my Polariod 636 Closeup camera for about a years now and since the lovely people at Orms have brought in Polariod 600 film I now can. Thanks Orms 🙂 yipeeee you guys are LEGENDS!!!

  6. I would like to do a documentary series with this camera on the people that live on the streets in Cape Town, focusing on the double exposure setting, capturing husbands and wives or man and his best friend living on the streets in the Cape.

  7. Hi, if i had this camera i would use it to get some water clips of extreme sports like surfing. Ive been wanting to do video for ages and this camera would change my life!!

  8. im taking a gap year this year and im going to israel next month for the year on a programme called shnat hachshara. This camera would be a great little edition to my year as i can just snap away in all the little markets and creveces of israel

  9. I want to start using a proper zoom camera like I have in the past but seem never to have on me anymore, to take pics of buildings & take good shots, rather than taking hundreds of rubbish pics with my cellphone that are just pictures, instead of great shots!

  10. I want to start experimenting with damaged film – film that’s expired, film that’s been thrown into water, burned with a hairdryer, scratched and ultimately, appreciate the raw, pure beauty of never really knowing what you’re going to get after processing.

  11. I’ve been experimenting with film for a while on an old Yakisha, but my multiple exposure portraits always end in a mess. The Holga 135 would be such a magnificent addition to my collection.

  12. HOLGA is the camera! Best for black and white film as well as colour. Especially for double exposure. I’ve seen what it can do when I was in Taiwan. I would like to have it in my camera collection.

  13. I definitely want to convert an old Film SLR to pinhole and shoot B+W architecture. Also further explore Environmental Portraiture and capture people as they truly are in their environment – no hidden agendas or styled backdrops or props!. 2013 is going to be an interesting one

  14. This year I want to try a number of new techniques and more darkroom work, lately iv been trying out liquid light. I especially want to try out the EBS (exposing both sides of the film). which looks amazing. I want to go on many photographic journeys and experience film in a different way to last year.

  15. I would like to take a 1950s film noir approach to capturing my Labrador, George, gazing longingly at the sexy young poodle next door. I think stark, stylised black and white portraits will capture the hopelessness of the situation perfectly. Poor George knows he’ll never have her.

  16. Would love to have a new Holga, so I can use my old one as a pinhole camera. Also found some undeveloped old films amongst my dad’s stuff…would like to overshoot these.

  17. Street photography. Been years since I’ve put the time into just walking the city & shooting (just because). Lost my soul to the commercial world a bit.

  18. I’m gonna slow things down, plan and really consider my shots as if I was shooting on 36 exposure film. Plus I have taken out and dusted my old analogue SLR, so some film work is on the cards too.

  19. I want to delve into the far corners of what ‘contemporary’ film has to offer. bringing back the oldschool medium to depict our modern day subject matter. But not just the use of traditional film as we’ve known in the past – I want to discover the contemporary options we have today that have stretched the boundaries of creativity and effect – like the modern polaroids and the Diana with its beautiful lenses etc! genuine dreamy aesthetic. there is so much to explore! 😀 and what better place to capture our world through this view than in Cape Town. loving it!

  20. I’ve been wanting a camera like this since beginning of last year, but I’m saving for a photography course. I’d love to give lomography a try this year. Send that camera my way please!

  21. Im going to convert my bathroom into a darkroom – for old times sake. Get some crazy chemicals and some expired paper and finally expose the portraits I’ve shot on 120 black and white film. Bring it on!

  22. – High speed photography, using a sound trigger. This is something I have only recently discovered

    -Smoke photography. Mostly learning how to “paint” with smoke.

    -exposing both sides of the film.

  23. I want to get better at multiple exposures on film. I have been playing around with multiple exposures on a Pentax Super – shooting a roll, reloading and shooting over. This Holga would revolutionise this process for me!

  24. Digital is amazing, and from the first digital camera to todays one… one can not be amazed how far technology has has come and the quality of SLR’s. But at the end of the day, i always say, a photographer is only a great photographer if he can use film and get the same amazing images as he does when using digital. Im so glad film is back, people are interested in it and thats great. If i got this camera…. wow, i would learn so much about being a great photographer… about film…black and what. Mostly what makes a good photographer… and that is to use film and digital.

  25. I’d like to experiment with multiple exposure portraits in black and white – South Africans from all walks of life – and create a vast “wallpaper” with a sense of movement, in my office, largely to give me back my ailing love of South Africa and all things African.

  26. This year I would like to be more spontaneous and experiment with street photography, zone focusing, and shooting from the hip – all this with both digital and film.

  27. I think film is so “real”, it showcases your true photography skill… none of this instafilter stuff. You really have to know what you’re doing. Would love to give it a shot

  28. As an avid outdoor festival partier, I believe that a Holga 35mm would be able to capture those crazy spontaneous moments in the mud on the dancefloor perfectly, without having to worry about getting my other “fancier” gear all dirty 🙂

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