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Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black)

B&H # HO120FN Mfr # 145120
Product Highlights
  • Uses 120 Medium Format Film
  • 60mm f/8 Plastic Lens
  • Shoot Either 6x6 or 6x4.5
  • Tripod Mount
  • Built-In Flash
  • Uses 2 AA Batteries
  • Lens Cap and Strap Included

The black 120FN Medium Format Camera from Holga is a great way to enter the world of medium format, and can yield very interesting results. Its 60mm f/8 lens is ideal for creating the pictures Holgas are known for; soft and dreamy, with a slightly wide perspective and a distinct vignetting at the corners of the image.

This version of the Holga includes a built-in flash, which allows you to add some light to images where needed for more creative control. To use the flash you will need 2 AA batteries. A window on the back allows you to read the number of exposures you have taken. On 120 film you get twelve 6x6 images per roll or sixteen 6x4.5 images per roll. A lens cap and strap are included with the 120FN.

Camera Type Medium format viewfinder fixed-focus camera, with built-in lens and flash
Film Back/Loading Accepts 120 mm film only; 6x6 = 12 exposures; 6x4.5 = 16 exposures
Film Type 120 film
Lens Fixed lens, 60mm f/8
Shutter 1/100 sec, or bulb
Aperture Select from f/8 or f/11
Shutter Release Yes
Viewfinder Non-removable viewfinder
Film Transport Wind to next frame
Multiple Exposure Possible by not winding between shots
Focusing System Zone focus system
Power Source Two AA batteries (not included)
Tripod Mount Female, 1/4"-20
Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black)
  • 6x6 and 6x4.5 Adapters
  • Lens Cap
  • Neck strap
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    Holga120FN Medium Format Camera (Black)
     
    4.0

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fun (4)
    • Stable flash sync (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artwork (11)
      • Photography (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (4), Pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A would buy this camera again and again.

      This is a little plastic toy camera which is used more for vision so you don't get hung up on the technical aspects of the camera. It is a rangefinder in which you are...Read complete review

      This is a little plastic toy camera which is used more for vision so you don't get hung up on the technical aspects of the camera. It is a rangefinder in which you are not getting on film what you see. That is the fun part of it...you are leaving alot of the technicals to chance. It is an experimental process which makes it more creative and and it allows more freedom when shooting. Another benefit is that every holga is different and so you will get different results using each one.

      The negatives is that you need to tape it up otherwise you will get light leaks. Also the clips on the side can come loose freely if you don't tape them. Another negative is that sometimes for a plastic lens the images come out too good...too sharp.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great Cheapo Camera

      I'm not exactly a photographer, but this is a really fun beginners camera. The strap broke the first day i got it- but it was small and weird anyways. The camera itself is...Read complete review

      I'm not exactly a photographer, but this is a really fun beginners camera. The strap broke the first day i got it- but it was small and weird anyways. The camera itself is pretty "okay"- no veiwfinder obviously. I had to look online to kinda figure out holgas situation- meaning the instruction manual wasnt too helpful.

      For cheap its fun! and the filter set was pretty sick also.

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      4.0

      Plenty of band and whiz!

      By Lindsey the plumber

      from MInneapolis, MN

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fun
        • Hobby

        Comments about Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black):

        Historical Holga. It' s everything you expect from a plastic camera.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        fun artistic results

        By matguerin

        from montreal

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Artsy

        Cons

        • Fragile

        Best Uses

        • Artwork

        Comments about Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black):

        i use it for personal projects. The vignettes are super nice

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Nice to play with!

        By NYC Explorer

        from New York

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Doesn`t Break Easilly
        • Stable Flash Sync
        • You Can Customize It

        Cons

        • Inaccurate Rangefinder
        • Leaking Lights
        • Unpredictable Results

        Best Uses

        • Artwork
        • Experimenting With Film
        • Photography

        Comments about Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black):

        The Holga camera is a really good way to experiment with 120 mm film! I`ve been using it with black & white film and it works really nice!

        As it doesn`t have a lightmeter in it and has little options to control your camera, is hard to know if the photo will be the way you are expecting. Really nice things como when you`re not expecting, though!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Great condition

        By Nlights

        from Storrs, CT

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artwork
            • Photography

            Comments about Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black):

            My Holga came so quickly and was in great condition!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            Don't judge a book by its cover

            By Abdull

            from South Bend, IN.

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Stable Flash Sync

            Cons

            • Poor Attachments

            Best Uses

            • Artwork
            • Photography

            Comments about Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black):

            I took five shots, on the sixth one I heard a strange sound and since then I was not able to use the flash. The camera in general is nice and the low price of the camera adds value to it. If I need to buy another one, I would buy one without a flash. I also think the camera should be redesign to look more modern.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            Great Cheapo Camera

            By Sah the Golfer

            from Santa Barbara, Ca

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Attachments

              Best Uses

              • Fun
              • Photography

              Comments about Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black):

              I'm not exactly a photographer, but this is a really fun beginners camera. The strap broke the first day i got it- but it was small and weird anyways. The camera itself is pretty "okay"- no veiwfinder obviously. I had to look online to kinda figure out holgas situation- meaning the instruction manual wasnt too helpful.

              For cheap its fun! and the filter set was pretty sick also.

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              5.0

              Much more than a toy camera

              By katphoto

              from Boston, Ma

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artwork
                  • Photography

                  Comments about Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black):

                  I got another Holga camera after the buckles on the side of my old Holga started to fall apart.

                  Although this camera is plastic and cheap, the photos it takes are full of personality. I would recommend it to the photographer looking for additional shots that are moody; a different way to shoot your scene.

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                  2.0

                  got 5 rolls

                  By a guy

                  from here

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black):

                        I know, it's a Holga: quirky, experimental...and cheap. Well, it broke after 5 rolls. Yikes! The shutter broke, and soon after the winder followed. I was able to [*] rig it to shoot, and resorted to counting winder strokes to estimate frame size...but it turns out (after I got the film processed) it wasn't advancing a full frame ever! So...buyer beware. I even took it apart but couldn't get the shutter working again. I did get some great frames, though, which is why I'm buying another.

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                        5.0

                        Great, inexpensive little camera

                        By Steph

                        from Indiana

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Reliable Operation

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artwork
                          • Photography

                          Comments about Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black):

                          This camera was a required purchase for a photography class, to learn the basics with regular film before moving to digital. It has been an interesting experience that I would recommend for everyone wanting to get comfortable with photography.

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                          5.0

                          holga

                          By sheilla

                          from santa clara, ca

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Stable Flash Sync

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography

                            Comments about Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black):

                            I was a little hesitant about getting the holga with the flash at first, but it was so worth it. It exaggerates the vignetting for a really eerie effect. It also isn't like most of the new holga's where you don't get any vignetting or light leaks.

                            The zone focus works great but takes a little getting used to. It is definitely hit and miss with some of the photos but thats all part of the fun.

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                            2.0

                            Not What I Expected

                            By monbelubi

                            from New Jersey

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Stable Flash Sync

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                I was told it was a great point and shoot med format camera. I have had so much trouble with lighting and light getting in. As soon as I am done with my assignment for class, I am going to list it for another photo student to buy.

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                First Holga

                                By IJB

                                from Jackson, WY

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Cheap
                                • Fun
                                • Light
                                • Slightly Unpredictable

                                Cons

                                • A little too 'clean'

                                Best Uses

                                • Artwork
                                • Classic look shots
                                • Photography

                                Comments about Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                I got this camera to get back to basics, and it is just that. The flash makes it a bit more versatile than the non-flash model, though. I have shot both color and B+W with it and the photos turn out pretty constantly. I have been taping up the sides and will try it without the tape this time, as the photos come out almost too good. The last roll I shot I removed the 6x6 clip all together and it came out a little more 'holgaish' around the edges, which was nice. The only reason I don't give it a 5 is that it can be a little too clean..I'm hoping that will change with age, scuffs on the lens, and no tape on the body. All in all I love it and it comes with me wherever I go shoot.

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                                5.0

                                Amazing and unpredictable

                                By Roshlio

                                from NY

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Cheap
                                • Fun
                                • Simple and basic

                                Cons

                                • Al the cons are pros

                                Best Uses

                                • Artwork

                                Comments about Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                It is a plastic camera that needs lots of tape and Velcro to stay together and to avoid the light leaks, but then the pictures are more then one can possibly expect. It is very simple to use basically no technical stuff just a button to press and the rest is up the person behind the viewer and some little chance. It is more art then accuracy and technique. Due to its low price it will allow you easily to modify it up to your tastes.

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                                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Meets my expectations

                                By YANA

                                from SAN DIEGO, CA

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lets me create

                                Cons

                                • Lets light in

                                Best Uses

                                • Artwork

                                Comments about Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                It meets my expectations.

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                A would buy this camera again and again.

                                By Patty the photogeek

                                from Nesconset, NY

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Experimental
                                • Fun
                                • Rangefinder

                                Cons

                                • Fragile

                                Best Uses

                                • Artwork

                                Comments about Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                This is a little plastic toy camera which is used more for vision so you don't get hung up on the technical aspects of the camera. It is a rangefinder in which you are not getting on film what you see. That is the fun part of it...you are leaving alot of the technicals to chance. It is an experimental process which makes it more creative and and it allows more freedom when shooting. Another benefit is that every holga is different and so you will get different results using each one.

                                The negatives is that you need to tape it up otherwise you will get light leaks. Also the clips on the side can come loose freely if you don't tape them. Another negative is that sometimes for a plastic lens the images come out too good...too sharp.

                                Share this review

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Holga Review

                                By Colin

                                from New Jersey

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Reliable Tonal Range
                                • Reproduces Well

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artwork
                                  • Photojournalism
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Holga 120FN Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                  The holga is a fun toy to add to any camera collection. It's easy to use and load, its a great camera for just taking personal pictures.
                                  its unpredictable results are always exciting and often add a great element that should be in every photo album.

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