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About Holga 120N

The world famous Medium-format wonder! A cult favorite with a fanatical global following, the Holga produces extraordinary low-tech works of art with the bare minimum of mechanical function. Soft focusing, full double-exposure capability, intense vignetting, and unpredictable light leaks all contribute to the Holga's incredible photo effects. Each Holga is unique and produces signature images and peculiarities of its own. Buy several and throw some wood on your creative fire! Uses 120 film.

The Holga 120N is commonly used for Artwork, Photography and more.The Holga 120N is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Holga 120N is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Holga 120N: Fun and Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (7),Easy to use (3)
Cons:
Cheap (3),Inaccurate rangefinder (3)
Best Uses:
Artwork (19),Photography (17),Fun (9),Art (3),Photojournalism (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (7),Photo enthusiast (7),Casual photographer (6),Semi-pro photographer (5),Professional (3)

Holga 120N Features

  • Multiple exposure capability
  • Hot shoe for flash
  • Standard tripod mount (1/4 - 20)
  • Bulb exposure selector for extra long exposures.
  • Your film will now travel smoothly in either 6x4.5cm or 6x6cm formats with the two plastic masks, included.
  • Also, no more broken fingernails the format arrow on the back of the camera easily slides between 12 and 16 exposures

Holga 120N Specifications

Camera Type
Medium Format Fixed Focus Camera w/Built in Lens
Format
6x4.5cm & 6x6cm
Lens
Lens: f/8 60mm (plastic lens) f/8 and f/11
Focus Modes
Focus: 1m 8
Shutter /Release
Shutter: Approximately 1/100th second Leaf Shutter
ISO Range
Film Used: Conventional 120 roll film
Depth Of Field
3 feet to infinity
Power Source
No batteries needed
Dimensions
External Measurements: 140 x 102 x 76 (mm)
Weight
Weight: 200g

Holga 120N Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.6

(based on 30 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic Plastic Camera

There are so many wonderful things going for this camera, but there a couple of negatives that I would like to see fixed - maybe for the next Holga incarnation.Positives:1) The camera is liberating in the sense that you give up the control you would get on most other cameras. Shutter speed and aperture are set, so the only real choices you have are focusing, bulb mode, film speed, and possibility of using flash. Once you give up your control you tend to focus more on making pictures, rather t...

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There are so many wonderful things going for this camera, but there a couple of negatives that I would like to see fixed - maybe for the next Holga incarnation.Positives:1) The camera is liberating in the sense that you give up the control you would get on most other cameras. Shutter speed and aperture are set, so the only real choices you have are focusing, bulb mode, film speed, and possibility of using flash. Once you give up your control you tend to focus more on making pictures, rather than the technical aspects, and start having more fun, which leads to better photos!2) I can not think of another camera with more home modifications possible. There are even many websites devoted to Holga tinkering. If you like to experiment, this is the camera for you. However, if you do want to modify the camera, I would recommend purchasing a second one because irreparable damage can be made in the process. Some such mods exist for making 2 apertures, creative masking on the film plane, adding a filter ring, and adding a cable release.3) Medium format has much more quality over 35mm or anything digital.4) The plastic lens on the camera is imperfect, which tends to make the center of the image sharp, but the peripheries much softer. I think the effect creates these amazing surreal images, which could not be accurately duplicated. If you try to duplicate this look in some image altercation program, it will look like a program's effect, and in my opinion, forced.5) I have found the zone focus to be quite accurate, and have been able to make some incredibly sharp images. Generally though, due to the small aperture, you just have to be about right to have very acceptable looking focus. I think this is excellent because the system is very forgiving.6) You would be greatly benefited from experience with a camera which has manual settings and a light meter in that you learn by experience what you need to make an acceptable negative (or positive). With that said, sometimes exposure with this camera can vary wildly because of the limited settings. I do not mind this actually because an overexposed or underexposed image could be very pleasing. You could even fix the lighting with a program, if need be, and still have it look natural if the film has enough latitude. I would suggest using 400 speed film outdoors in daytime. If the conditions are very bright, you might get away with 100 to 200 speed film. For indoor use - 400 speed film and a flash. Another unpredictable aspect is the zone focus. Sometimes an incorrect assessment of distance can lead to a pleasing blurry image. The last unpredictable feature is the viewfinder, but I find this to be limiting. I will discuss this in more detail below.7) I have found this camera to be light tight. Some who have tinkered with mods may complain of light leaks and have ended up mummifying the camera in gaffers tape.8) The ability to do multiple exposures is wonderful, all you have to do is not advance the film. An unintentional multiple exposure can be great as well and probably could be filed under the unpredictability aspect.9) The camera has the ability to use a manual flash on the hot shoe, which greatly increases its usage with the possibility of shooting indoors or adding fill light outdoors. As mentioned above, I would recommend using 400 speed film with a flash indoors. If you want to use fill light outdoors, 100-200 speed film is probably best.10) The camera has the ability to take long exposures using the bulb mode. I would recommend using a tripod with this as this makes the camera more susceptible to shaking (making a blurry image). A neat thing to try that I accidentally discovered is using bulb mode indoors with flash. The flash freezes the main image momentarily, allowing the subject to be in focus while the background looks blurry. You may waste a lot of frames doing this because the effect is not always spot on, but you will probably make a few really nice images. Negatives:1) The viewfinder only gives you an idea of composition and framing because it is not corrected for parallax and the image viewed is only about 60-70% of the final image captured on film. With time you can learn to compensate.2) The camera says it has two apertures, but it only has one. The aperture switch controls a swing arm that is supposed to limit the amount of light entering the camera, but there is nothing on the arm itself to do it! I do not actually mind the one aperture, but if the camera says it can do it, it should do it. This is usually the first modification people make on their camera, but I would rather not touch it because the perceived benefit is so minor (usually about 2/3rds a stop), I do not think it warrants a hack.3) The camera is very fragile, as nearly everything is made out of cheap plastic. Try not to drop it. Try not to force anything on it.4) The shutter on the first camera I purchased did not work correctly ([...]), so this leads me to believe there is a random sampling in quality. I would recommend trying the camera in-store to make sure everything works before you buy it.5) The film advance sometimes gets due to misalignment of the roll film. I have not come up with a complete remedy to this malady. All in all, it is a wonderful camera, but there is still room for improvement.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Please note: This camera is a toy.

I am a photography student and we had to purchase this camera for a project. The camera is easy to operate but it kind of broke on me within the first use. Not all of the cameras have this problem, mine was simply a lemon. Try shooting with it as soon as you get it, that way, if it is broke you can send it back in time. Overall, the Holga is a fine being that it is a toy, plastic camera.

Reviewed by 30 customers

 
5.0

So fun!!!

By

from Baton Rouge, LA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is my first toy camera... and I couldn't be happier with the camera. For the Holga, it's less about quality than creative capabilities. This is a wonderful product, simple as pie to operate and yet conducive to multiple exposures and micro-click photography. I LOVE the 120 format film, especially the black and white film I also bought from Adorama.

 
5.0

Holga 120n

By

from San Francisco, ca  -  Casual Photographer

Great affordable camera. Fun to find the unique look of the photos that come out due to light leaks, vignette, and Multiple exposures.

 
4.0

Fun Camera

By

from San Jose, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Good camera and fun photos

 
5.0

More fun than a barrel of monkeys!

By

from Valdosta, GA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I got this on sale at Thanksgiving, and what fun it is. It brought back all the fun of anticipating the results of the shot. Take a shot and no immediate feedback... wait to finish the roll, then wait for the surprise of seeing what you got. Found out that [@] develops the film for $0.84 (that's right, 84 cents!)and I scan them into digital myself. Where else can you have this much fun for that price...?!?

 
5.0

Mucho Fun

By

from Longview, Texas  -  Pro Photographer

The Holda 120N. Ahhh. Great camera to play with. What I really realy like is that it has a hot shoe on it so you can connect a flash to it. It's built from plastic so it's not going to be as durable as a digital SLR but I knew that going into the purchase. There is 2 f stops (f8 & f11) and 1 shutter speed of 1/100th of a second. The camera is not complicated at all and is fully manual. If you are looking for something auto and durable this camera is not for you but if you are looking to play around with some 120 film and have fun with a camera and make some cool art this is a must get!

 
4.0

Great gift!

By

from New York  -  Casual Photographer

Wanted to buy a film camera so I got this as a gift for my sister. It's a bit bulky but overall we loved it!

 
5.0

Thinking Holga - You're a brave soul

By

from Santa Clarita, CA  -  Casual Photographer

If you're thinking Holga you already know about "Holganess." It is well built for the plasticness that makes these goofy cameras so popular. Yes this is WHITE as white can be . Easy to load and unload film. The aperture does work. make sure you buy and use the cable release as it helps big time in getting a sharp shot (sharp Holga shot??? yes you do want a sharp shot as it makes the Holga effect more pleasing). Also, take notes when you shoot so you know what you were trying for when you took the shoot. Then get the film developed pronto so you can compare your photo vision to the result. If you're new it costs about $1 to get a shot developed and scanned onto a CD.

 
4.0

Perfect for some fun, basic photography

By

from Richmond, VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I purchased this camera as a gift for someone and they loved it. It is the perfect inexpensive camera to have some fun with. You never quite know what you're going to get when you take a photo with this camera, and to me that's the appeal. You can also get some really fun, artistic shots with it. The main bad thing is ordering the special film and getting it developed.

 
5.0

Nice little film camera in a digital wor

By

from Mt Vernon, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use it for fun photos using good old film. Easy to use. Intuitive mechanism. I recommend it highly to those who want to have fun with film.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Better price than Lomography

By

from Chicago, IL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Been wanting a Holga for a while and didn't like the prices from Lomogrophy. Much better value with Adorama!

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
EDWIN G  For fun!
Harlan K  What is the format of this camera?
EDWIN G  This camera is 6cm X 6cm, or 4.5cm X 6cm, by installing an included mask.
Curtis N  Does this camera have a hotshoe for use with the Holga flash unit?
RICK F  It does have a hot shoe. I'm sure it'll work with the Holga flash unit. I use it with studio strobes.
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