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

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 125 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (84)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (35)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Reliable operation (28)
    • Interchangeable film back (14)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Cheap (7)

    Cons

    • Inaccurate rangefinder (8)
    • Poor attachments (4)

    Best Uses

    • Artwork (75)
    • Photography (72)
    • Fashion (12)
    • Advertising (3)
    • Photojournalism (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (29), Pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (15), Enthusiast (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (48), 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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    4.0

    Happy with Product so far

    By purple08

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

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

          I am happy with the product so far. You'll have to buy your own extra spools elsewhere, but this kit does include two masks and a decent instruction/information booklet. This model DOES have a tripod mount.

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          3.0

          Gil Deane

          By Gil 1

          from San Anselmo, Ca

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • The Novelty Of It

          Cons

          • Film Processing Is Costly

          Best Uses

          • Art Photography

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

          This camera would probably rate 5 stars for novelty and 1 star for photographic capabililty. When I ordered it, I didn't think about the fact that the cost of processing a roll of 120 film is about equal to the cost of the camera itself!! But, what the heck, it is a statement of anti technology...

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Uniquely Holga

          By Tim

          from Horsham, PA

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

          This is my first Holga and I've been told that each one has it's own identity. It's also my first medium format camera. So far I've shot two rolls of 120 at 6x6 and I'm still getting a feel for it's focal length and shutter speed. It was a little awkward to load the film, but much better the second time since I knew what to expect. I didn't tape around the back or the red window and only got a little bit of vignetting, which I kind of like. Considering picking up a second one and a shutter release cable for some more experimenting and options. They sure do give an interesting result and it's one I personally like.

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          3.0

          It's not horrible!

          By Nicole

          from Berkeley, Ca

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

          Do I bought a holga 120N a couple weeks ago because I wanted to try out medium format. I think it is a good camera for a beginner photographer who wants to get a feel for medium format. There are light leaks but I'm sure some black electrical tape will fix that.

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          5.0

          Plastics!

          By Huh?

          from Portland Oregon

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Focus Vague Hard To Wind
            • Hard To Load
            • Hard To Unload
            • Too Light On The Tripod

            Best Uses

            • Advertising
            • Artwork
            • Fashion
            • Fine Art Street Photograp
            • Photography

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

            I have used Holgas for almost 15 years. I take "serious" photos with them. Yes, they are difficult because of their simplicity.
            Use lots of tape so they don't fall apart. Holgas are more durable than you think. This purchase replaced on that I travelled twice around the world with.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Great way to get into 120mm film

            By Jay

            from New York, NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Cheap
            • Simple

            Cons

            • Poor Attachments

            Best Uses

            • Artwork
            • Photography

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

            You get what you pay for, though its plastic you can get great photos from it.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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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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            • No

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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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              • No

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              5.0

              So versatile

              By Matchmon

              from Brooklyn ny

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                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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                    • No

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                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great!

                    By les

                    from GA

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      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!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • 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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                              • No

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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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                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                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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                                  • No

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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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                                  • No

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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

                                  Verified Buyer

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                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        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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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        great value,fun product

                                        By L Hine-Cermak

                                        from Norwich,CT

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              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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                                              • No

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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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                                                  • No

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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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                                                  • No

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