Time to document the various modifications I had added to my Holga.
This is the way it looks now with wirenut-based cable release affixed. If you do this, be careful not to glue the wirenut so close to the shutter release. As it is now, I have to use a cable release all the time, until I glue or screw something to the shutter release that I can use.
The white stripe on the lens is my poor man’s macro setting: unscrewing the lens past that point means it comes off in your hand. But it should give an additional margin of close-focus capability.
I added a pinhole insert today, with a bit of foamcore and square of brass shim stock.
My plan was to cut a circle to fit the lens opening, but that was before I tried cutting foamcore with a utility knife. I rejiggered it to use a tightly fitting strip, anchoring it to the little bump where the lens stop screw used to live.
A view of the pinhole insert from the back side, showing the brass shim.
Observant Holga fans will wonder about the light area inside the center of the lens opening. I added a real f/16 aperture to the camera when I saw that the aperture selector is meaningless in stock Holgas. A little bit of a pop can, a 1/8 inch hole and some glue is all you need.