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Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black)

B&H # HO120N Mfr # 144120
You Pay: $29.99
Product Highlights
  • Fun 'Experimental' Medium Format
  • Simple 60mm f/8 Plastic Lens
  • Zone Focus System
  • 12 6x6cm or 16 6x4.5cm Exposures
  • No Batteries Required

The Holga 144-120 Medium Format 120N Camera with Built-in Lens (Black) is desired by art photographers the world over and is reminiscent of the Diana camera of the 1960s and 70s. The characteristic vignetting focuses the viewer's eye and adds to visual impact. The standard features from the Holga 120S still include: Hot shoe flash sync, uses 120 roll film for 16 - 6cm x 4.5cm frames per roll. It's perfect for classroom instruction, personal image-making and fine art photos.

Holgas are now available in a Hollywood series. Each camera  comes in a different color and  represents a moment in Hollywood time. Along with the camera comes a story reflecting the movie theme of that particular camera.  

Still retaining all of those fabulous and unique features that made the Holga 120S world famous, this updated model, the Holga 120N, takes Holga photography to the next level.

A Holga has four focus marks on the lens barrel. Simply rotate the barrel to the setting that most closely corresponds to your situation. Feel free to use your own setting that might fall between these icons.

Simple, popular experimental medium format film camera
Distinct images with dream-like, vignetted look
The format arrow on the back of the camera easily slides between 12 and 16 exposures
Mostly plastic, including the lens; extremely small and compact one-piece plastic molded body
Zone focus system
Uses no batteries
Camera Type Medium format viewfinder camera with built-in Lens
Film Back/Loading 6x6 = 12 exposures; 6x4.5 = 15 exposures
Film Type Accepts 120 film, does not accept 220.
Lens Mount Not Applicable
Aperture f/8.0 & f/11
Shutter 1/125, B
Shutter Release On camera body
Self Timer Not Applicable
Flash Synchronization Does not have built-in flash; Does have flash shoe
Mirror Lock-Up Not Applicable
Exposure Metering Not Applicable
Exposure Bracketing Not Applicable
Exposure Compensation Not Applicable
Depth-of-Field Preview Not Applicable
Viewfinder Non-removable viewfinder
Viewfinder Info No information displayed
Film Transport Wind to next frame
Multiple Exposure Possible by not winding between shots
Focusing System Zone focus system
Power Source Not Applicable
Custom Functions Not Applicable
Data Imprinting Not Applicable
Tripod Mount 1/4" x 20
Dimensions 5.5 x 4 x 3" (140 x 102 x 76mm)
Weight 7 oz (200g)
Miscellaneous Features "Bulb" exposure
Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black)
  • 6x6cm and 6x4.5cm Adapters
  • Neck Strap
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    Holga144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black)
     
    4.6

    (based on 119 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (82)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Reliable operation (28)
    • Interchangeable film back (14)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Cheap (6)

    Cons

    • Inaccurate rangefinder (8)
    • Poor attachments (3)

    Best Uses

    • Artwork (73)
    • Photography (70)
    • Fashion (11)
    • Photojournalism (3)
    • Posters (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (36), Semi-pro photographer (29), Pro photographer (17), Casual photographer (15), Enthusiast (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (45), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing & Impressive

    I got this camera basically to experiment with, and get into the wondeful world of medium format. I got got the pictures from the first roll I shot with this camera. In a...Read complete review

    I got this camera basically to experiment with, and get into the wondeful world of medium format. I got got the pictures from the first roll I shot with this camera. In a nutshell, I was "blown away" I truly love this camera. It is a fun camera to use, and it is a welcomed break from the digital age. The things that are great about it...everything! I highly recommend this camera for anyone, especially those who want to dabble in medium format, without spending a fortune. Great camera, if I had to do it all again, I would still buy this camera. Love it, love it, & LOVE IT!!!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    fun camera to use

    I took the camera with me to Amsterdam to do some travel photograph. It's as simple to use as they come and a great inexpensive way to get into medium format photography for almost...Read complete review

    I took the camera with me to Amsterdam to do some travel photograph. It's as simple to use as they come and a great inexpensive way to get into medium format photography for almost no money.
    Downside it's as simple as they come. The film advance doesn't stop on it's own so if you're not used to that then you may be advancing the film more than necessary.

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    5.0

    Great fun with the Holga

    By laurence

    from toronto, Gallery 44

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

    Terrific surprises paticularly at times of interesting and dramatic light.
    You never know what you are going to get and how the settings will reveal what this little leaky lightbox has to offer. Get one...or two.

    Laurence Siegel

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    4.0

    Holga is inexpensive, and cheap

    By Photender

    from Mobile, AL

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Inexpensive

    Cons

    • Plastic Body And Lens

    Best Uses

    • Artwork

    Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

    The Holga is a cheap, plastic throwback to pre-35mm days. It is used for photography classes as an inexpensive, artsy camera for students (that's what I bought it for). It is minimally adjustable for learning the basics of focal distance, aperture and depth of field. It works fine as far as that goes, but don't expect to take quality, high resolution pictures. With this one, do research and know what you're buying or you'll be disappointed.

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    4.0

    Fun Medium Format Camera

    By Tom

    from New York, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Artistic
    • Cheap
    • Fun
    • Light
    • Medium format

    Cons

    • Difficult To Load
    • Limited Aperture Choices
    • Poor Build Quality
    • Poor Focusing
    • Prone To Light Leaks

    Best Uses

    • Artwork
    • Experimenting

    Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

    I bought this inexpensive camera, which has been my first experience with medium format. Everything is made out of plastic, including the lens, except for the metal strips on the side that hold the loose back of the camera in place. I would strongly recommend that you use gaffer tape around the edges of the back after you load the film, to reduce light leaks (unless you prefer them.) This also serves to help keep the back from falling off, since the metal clips tend to either be too tight or too loose and do not seem to be extremely reliable. I haven't had the film developed yet, but I am very interested to see how my shots turn out; it is also possible to buy a 35mm adapter so that you can use regular film (local film developers tend not to be able to process 120 film) but to me a big part of the appeal is using medium format. Don't expect sharpness, this is more of a fun camera for experimenting and taking interesting artistic shots.
    The concern that I have is that I do hear some piece inside somewhere rattling around, which is a bit annoying at times, but it seems to stop when I have film loaded in the camera.
    I would recommend keeping the camera in a dark bag when not in use, and I also recommend that you get into the habit of putting the lens cap on after each shot (although of course it is critical to remove it when you're ready to take another picture.) This is to reduce light leaks through the lens. One other tip is to create a flap to go over the film counter window at the back of the camera, as some light can get through that infared windown depending on what type of film you are using.
    I would not use slide film with this camera unless you have a light meter and know how to use it well, since the limited choice of apertures (8/f and 11/f) and shutter speeds (a bulb mode that is incompatible with any shutter release cable I am aware of, and a default speed that can be anywhere from 1/30 to 1/100 depending on how much you've used it and the randomness of the manufacturing process.) It's better to go with a color negative film that will be forgiving of moderate under or over-exposure, because you have less control over the settings.

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    5.0

    Classic

    By wynfordroad

    from minneapolis, mn

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Simple

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Experimental
      • Photography

      Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

      If you can't find one on [*], this is the place to get a great Holga. Love the light leaks and the inexpensive way to break into medium format!

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      5.0

      So versatile

      By Matchmon

      from Brooklyn ny

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

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            Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

            Being able to load such a quality size film and advance frames as much or as little as you desire gives this camera an edge over all others. And nothing beats handing it to a 5 year old and not worrying if they drop it or take the best picture you've ever seen.

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            5.0

            Great!

            By les

            from GA

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                  I'm using this camera for my photography class and it is great!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  great presentatin\on

                  By Karli's Mom

                  from Adairsville, Ga

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography

                      Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                      I use the product for a photography class my college offers. I really liked the short time it took for the product to get to me. I also really liked that the camera was packaged in it's own box. It was a very nice presentation.

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                      5.0

                      So much fun!

                      By Pat

                      from Quebec City

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fun to shoot

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Creative photography

                        Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                        Forget about complicated menus and electronic and enjoy photography as an art with this very fun to shoot camera. Spend time taking pictures and less time on the computer.

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                        5.0

                        Best bang for your buck!

                        By Lensboy

                        from Montréal, QC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Reliable Operation

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artwork
                          • Photography

                          Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                          the Holga 120N is the most low tech and most poorly built camera out there, but you just gotta love the images this camera can crank out! yes it has it's limitations but what it can do it does very nicely and for the price that they sell at... this really is getting the best bang for your buck, I highly recommend this product.

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                          5.0

                          The original instagram

                          By Joy Yagid

                          from New Jersey

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Light leaks and funky exp

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Advertising
                          • Artwork
                          • Classes and creative work
                          • Fashion
                          • Photography
                          • Posters

                          Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                          Bought 10 for my photo camp - I teach tweens & teens photography and I wasn't sure how they would react to going 'old skool'.

                          They loved it.
                          They loved not knowing how the image would come out.
                          They loved the fact they could create multiple exposures.

                          They had fun.

                          Really - there is no downside.

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                          5.0

                          Fun to play with and see what you get

                          By JaredR

                          from Hartford CT

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                A great cheap toy camera to play with and see what comes out. Nothingof great quality but that is its charm.

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                                5.0

                                great value,fun product

                                By L Hine-Cermak

                                from Norwich,CT

                                About Me Pro Photographer

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                                  Cons

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                                      Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                      A fun old school flash back camera. Gives photos that 60's feel. Low price. Tough to find local film developing.

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                                      5.0

                                      Always On Point Fun

                                      By Will

                                      from Long Island, NY

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Photography

                                          Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                          Love this little blast from the Past. Always fun and exciting to see what images come out once developed.

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                                          5.0

                                          Love the Holga!

                                          By keith

                                          from montclair, nj

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Interchangeable Film Back
                                          • Reliable Operation
                                          • Stable Flash Sync

                                          Cons

                                          • Unpredictable

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Advertising
                                          • Artwork
                                          • Fashion
                                          • Photography

                                          Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                          simple, fun, inexpensive

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                                          5.0

                                          Very pleased

                                          By Angie

                                          from Jacksonville, FL

                                          About Me Photography Student

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to use
                                          • Inexpensive
                                          • Simple

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Artwork
                                            • Photography

                                            Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                            So far I have only used it twice. It is exactly what I expected from a Holga except the light leaks, but since I'm not interested in the light leak effect, it's fantastic. I shot some simple landscapes with BW film and received some great vignetting on the corners. I love the bulb option on this. I used a tripod with almost all my shots (which was in late afternoon and morning), set it on bulb and exposed for almost a second. I had great negs and prints were beautiful. All in all, I am very happy with it!

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                                            4.0

                                            Simple and fun

                                            By A.P.

                                            from Philadelphia, pa

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                              • Inaccurate Rangefinder

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                                I use this product just because it looks like a fun little camera, nothing professional, but its great fun you can do double exposure overlapping, panoramic, etc. very easy to use very fun to develop. Remember this camera is more toy then a serious camera, thats why i give it 4 stars.

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                                                5.0

                                                Great Experimental Camera!

                                                By Jake the Snake

                                                from Columbia, SC

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Interchangeable Film Back

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Artwork
                                                  • Photography

                                                  Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                                  I use this camera to take experimental outdoor shots. Because of the price I haven't worried about dropping it, but even if you do it can take that hit. The best part about this camera is that it makes film photography simple yet fun. The real challenge for artistic value comes in post production printing or scanning.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Definitely give the Holga a try!

                                                  By laboheme17

                                                  from Bloomington, IN

                                                  About Me Photography Student

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                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Easy to use
                                                  • Encourages Spontanaiety
                                                  • Simple operations
                                                  • Vignetting

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Less precision
                                                  • No aperture range
                                                  • No shutter speed range

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Artwork
                                                  • Photography

                                                  Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                                  The Holga produces some fantastic effects, definitely try it out! I thought with a plastic lens and very few controls that my images would be all over the place, but not so. If you don't know, there's one shutter speed and two f-stops (8 is 'cloudy' and 11 is 'sunny'). There is a bulb setting too. To focus, you choose the relative distance of your subject. I did landscapes and more close-range shots and had success with both. By shooting in fairly strong light (for me this is between 10 and 4 or so) with 400 speed film, I got almost consistent negatives, with a few exceptions. I love high contrast and a wide tonal range and got it without use of filters in the darkroom. I used Fomapan 400 Action film and got good results. I found it easier to load than Kodak.

                                                  With the Holga you'll get a nice black vignette on the corners of the frame, so using the entire frame to print has a nice effect, as would using a filed negative carrier. The photo also loses focus around the perimeter, producing a dream-like effect. Despite the fact that the focusing ring is less than precise, my photos all seemed crisp when I printed. I had a light leak every now and then, but it seemed more out of place than a happy accident.

                                                  One problem I had was with the back falling off. So make sure the clasps are secured, or you can tape it to make sure. If you dont, you can either advance it or lose 1 shot plus half a frame on either side. So advancing two shots should do the trick, but you'll still lose half an exposure.

                                                  I would like to try flash, although it might be a bit trickier because you can't control the f-stop/shutter speed as much. Portraits would also be interesting. Definitely give the Holga a try!

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Amazing!!

                                                  By Autumn

                                                  from Massachusetts

                                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Artwork
                                                      • Photography

                                                      Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                                      Beautiful Pictures

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Amazing & Impressive

                                                      By The Flying Echotech

                                                      from Coral Springs, FL

                                                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Inexpensive
                                                      • Lightweight
                                                      • Reliable Operation

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Artwork
                                                        • Experimenting
                                                        • Photography

                                                        Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                                        I got this camera basically to experiment with, and get into the wondeful world of medium format. I got got the pictures from the first roll I shot with this camera. In a nutshell, I was "blown away" I truly love this camera. It is a fun camera to use, and it is a welcomed break from the digital age. The things that are great about it...everything! I highly recommend this camera for anyone, especially those who want to dabble in medium format, without spending a fortune. Great camera, if I had to do it all again, I would still buy this camera. Love it, love it, & LOVE IT!!!

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