The Holga is a cult classic film camera! Deceptively simple to start shooting, but with a wealth of creative options.
The Holga is a 120 film camera, so shoots medium format film. You can use any of the 120 films that we list in store, but I'd recommend you begin with a film of ISO 200 or 400 so that you can shoot it in a variety of weather and lighting situations! The camera has a hot shoe adapter for attaching a simple flash - unleash your nighttime creativity and take photos in the dark!
The Holga 120N Camera comes with a strap, a lens cap, and an internal film mask so that you can choose to shoot twelve 6x6cm images or sixteen 4.5x6cm images.
You can expect heavily vignetted and grainy images from the plastic lens - wonderfully evocative and atmospheric. A fantastic camera for your portfolio.
Available in traditional black, or a dazzling red/white combo.
If you want to learn more about getting started with analogue photography please check out our Beginner's Guide to Film.
|Format:||Reloadable 120 Film Camera|
|Shutter:||1/125 seconds and Bulb
|Aperture:||f/8 and f/11
|Focus:||Manual, 1m - infinity|
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This is a real fun little camera. Lightweight and just throw it in a bag and take it with you. Very limited settings (virtually none), but that can be a good thing and very freeing. Also some of the limitations and light leaks of the older models have been ironed out and this one (that I got) doesn't light leak.
I will say though that the image through the viewfinder isn't terrible accurate but in a good way. The actual shot is much wider than the view, so it includes more of the scene which is good for 'context' as it blurs it anyway!
I'm so happy with this deceptively simple camera, which offers flexibility and the opportunity to really experiment. Definitely my best recent purchase.
The Holga 120N is an exemplar of how limitations can change your approach to photography. Having just an approximate shutter speed or bulb, a fixed plastic meniscus lens, a very vague focusing system, and approximate framing natually limits the sort of thing you can capture, but it's amazing how this makes you interpret scenes differently. It really is a blast to use, and it can help to recapture the fun informality that many of us start our photographic experiences with, before getting bogged down in MTF charts and optimum apertures. The images naturally don't have corner to corner sharpness, but being on 120 with a smaller magnification ratio than 35mm for any given print, the centre can be surprisingly sharp. Overall, it's a lot of fun for not very much money, and well worth a go if you haven't tried it!
Lovely and light and fun to use. The simple controls make it easy to focus and getting good compositions.
I love this little 120 camera it's easy and fun to use and compared to my other cameras it's much lighter. I often take this with me as it's easy to use and for the price I'm not worried to lug it around in my backpack all day.