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It shoots roll film and it's blurry, but the Holga's catching on

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The Holga is a plastic toy camera. Its flaws are its merits: despite its light leaks and plastic lens, the camera takes great, though technically flawed, pictures. (Christopher Twarowski/CNS)

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This picture, showing "coco taxis," shows the Holga's signature vignetting, where the corners of the picture blur and fade to black. (Courtesy of Eric Brown)

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The Holga is a plastic camera that's appreciated by photo amateurs and pros alike for its special aesthetic. This picture was taken with a Holga, the vignetting--the corners blurring into black--is characteristic of the camera. This picture was taken in Angkor Wat, Cambodia, and shows the remains of a statue of a lion that was looted by art thieves. (Julia Gronnevet/CNS)

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This vacation snapshot, taken with a Holga, has light leaks across the top of the picture. The flaw is characteristic of the Holga, a cheap, plastic camera that nevertheless has an aesthetic to its pictures that is appreciated both by amateur and pro photographers. The picture shows palm trees in Santa Monica, Calif. (Julia Gronnevet/CNS)

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The Holga is a plastic toy camera. Its flaws are its merits: despite its light leaks and plastic lens, the camera takes great, though technically flawed pictures. (Julia Gronnevet/CNS)

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The Holga, a cheap plastic film camera made in China, is gaining in popularity among photographers and amateurs alike.


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