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Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera

B&H # HO120CFN Mfr # 146120
Product Highlights
  • Fun 'Experimental' Medium Format
  • Simple 60mm f/8 Plastic Lens
  • Fixed Focus
  • Built-In Flash
  • R/Y/B/W Color Wheel for Flash
  • Uses Just 2 "AA" Batteries
  • 12 6x6cm or 16 6x4.5cm Exposures

Still retaining all of those fabulous and unique features that make the Holga world famous, the Holga 120CFN takes Holga photography to the next level. It is a fun way to enter the world of medium format, and can yield very interesting results. Its fixed-focus 60mm f/8 lens is perfect 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 also has an incorporated filter wheel to influence the output of the light. Choose from red, yellow, blue, or white color output, and you only need 2 'AA' batteries; the shutter is fully mechanical. A window on the back allows you to read the paper on the 120 film, so that you can have 12 6x6cm square images per roll or 16 6x4.5cm vertical images per roll.

Simple, popular experimental medium format film camera
Distinct images with dream-like, vignetted look
Built-in flash that contains a spinning color filter wheel; Choose from red, yellow, blue, standard white or a combination thereof
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
Two "AA" batteries required
Camera Type Medium Format Viewfinder Fixed Focus Camera with Built-in Lens and Color Flash
Film Back/Loading Accepts 120 mm film ONLY (6x6 = 12 exposures; 6x4.5 = 15 exposures)
Film Type All type 120 mm film (Does not accept 220 film); e.g. Kodak Tri-X 120
Lens Mount Not applicable - fixed lens; Single element 60mm wide angle lens; Min. focusing distance ~3'
Shutter 1/100 sec shutter speed; 2 f-stops, f8 and f11
Shutter Release On camera body
Self Timer None
Flash Synchronization Built-in flash - contains a spinning color filter wheel; Choose from red, yellow, blue, standard white or a combination thereof; Does not have flash shoe
Mirror Lock-Up No
Exposure Metering None
Exposure Bracketing None
Exposure Compensation None
Depth-of-Field Preview None
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 "Two "AA" type (not included)
Custom Functions None
Data Imprinting Not applicable
Tripod Mount 1/4" x 20
Dimensions Not available
Weight Not available
Miscellaneous Features "Bulb" exposure
Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera
  • 6x6cm and 6x4.5cm Adapters
  • Neck strap
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    Holga120CFN Medium Format Camera
     
    4.5

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fun (3)
    • Reproduces well (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artwork (15)
      • Photography (11)
      • Fashion (5)
      • Photojournalism (3)
      • Posters (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6), Pro photographer (6), Semi-pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (4), Enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Worth Every Penny!

      I was in an artistic funk when it came to my photography. Already a huge film fan I needed to try and do something new to jump start my creativity, and boy did the...Read complete review

      I was in an artistic funk when it came to my photography. Already a huge film fan I needed to try and do something new to jump start my creativity, and boy did the Holga do exactly that!

      Let's face it, the Holga is reasonably priced. Especially when you take into consideration all the mods you can do to the camera and how amazing the photographs can potentially turn out.

      One thing that irks me however -and I heard this is some what common- is while shooting my first roll of film the foam pieces that are behind the film canister and the take-up spool came loose and got wound up with film. Luckily this didn't ruin my entire roll, just a few frames. This is a simple fix however, just used some Gorilla glue and it works like a charm.

      I would recommend this camera to anyone. Whether you're just getting into film photography or a seasoned pro, Holgas are fun and can produce some very unique images.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Getting what you pay for.

      This is my second Holga. It will be my last. I'm just sick of so many things breaking and ruining entire rolls of film. I got 2 good rolls through this one before...Read complete review

      This is my second Holga. It will be my last. I'm just sick of so many things breaking and ruining entire rolls of film. I got 2 good rolls through this one before a piece of foam came loose and was spooled into the film. It wasn't expensive though, so I am not mad. I'd recommend removing the foam in the film bay.

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      5.0

      So fun to use!

      By Jakirschner

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artwork
          • Fashion
          • Photography
          • Posters

          Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

          This camera is so much fun to use. The built in flash really helps in bad lighting situations.

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          • No

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          5.0

          My favorite thing

          By Alexander

          from Loveland

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          See all my reviews

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artwork

              Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

              120 CFN is the third type of Holga that I bought last year. All of them I bought from B&H.All of them are unique. When I had the first one and started shooting I fall in love with this plastic camera. First of all, because camera is very simple, secondly, because camera produces very distinctive images.Plastic fantastic! Now, when I go out for shooting, Holga is a constant partner of my Hasselblad. Simple,light,perfect for artwork.

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              4.0

              Need a flash with your Holga

              By Bob

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                    I have developed around 6 rolls of film with my Holga 120N. Unfortunately many of the photos were under developed. They were my fault, but with all(?) Holgas having f/13ish, 1/125 seconds, you need a lot of light to get properly exposed pictures. Now I know that indoors or cloudy days really need a flash. My opionion is that all Holgas should have a flash. Spend the extra money, and save yourself the frustration and money of undeveloped shots.There was mechanical problems right out of the box. I was considering sending it back to B&H, but decided to try to fix it myself. There was a metal disc that opened light to the film that was bent, along with another "contact" that caused the flash to sometimes not fire. I tested everything before I loaded any film (something I highly recommend), and after the first few clicks, I realized there was a problem. Rather than returning it, I decided to try and fix it. For $[$] I shouldn't have to do this. In reality, I fixed it by simply bending a few metal parts. Not really a big deal, but kinda disapointing. The disc that opened light to the film was a big deal, as it would have rendered the camera useless (it was stuck open). The "aperature" select (cloudy or sunny) got stuck infront of the opening. In realiy, I then discovered that that switch did nothing. Both positions were the same aperature. The flash did not fire because a metal part was not bent right. Anyways, now I know how simple this camera is, and how to fix it too. Its really not that bad to fix if you have some mechanical aptitude. I am just glad that I didn't waste a roll of film.Regardless, I'd still get this Holga. Just take a few dozen snaps when you get it (without film), to make sure everything works properly.

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                    4.0

                    Cheap medium format entry

                    By Terryh2c

                    from Melbourne

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Cheap entry point
                    • Fun not at all serious

                    Cons

                    • Depends on expectations

                    Best Uses

                    • Street photography

                    Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                    Had fairly low expectations - given the dodgy quality of the construction - but hey it's great. Great meaning inconsistent and unpredictable - but that's why you buy a camera like this.
                    Love the format - sort of whet's your appetite for a Mamiya 7!

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    It's simpler then what you would expect

                    By Sharp shooter

                    from Portland, ME

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • For Fun

                        Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                        When I first got the camera I had no idea how to use it so I read through the manual and had no problem after that. The instructions were very clear.
                        It's a light weight camera so it doesn't weigh down my backpack or purse.

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                        5.0

                        awesome

                        By catie

                        from cincinnati, oh

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fun

                        Cons

                        • Plastic is flimsy

                        Best Uses

                        • Artwork
                        • Fun
                        • Lomography

                        Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                        let me just say this camera is awesome. it's a totally fun camera and it was awesome to capture my moments in nyc. my experience at b&h was astounding as well!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Fun Camera!

                        By David the mountain photographer

                        from Steamboat Springs, Colorado

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Pure creativity

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Anything you can think of

                          Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                          This camera is fun because it isn't necessary to think much about what your doing. Why stress out about shooting pictures when there will be plenty of faults with your pictures anyway? It lets your creative side run wild.

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                          5.0

                          Nice simple camera

                          By [@]

                          from Texas

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fun

                              Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                              This is awesome and simple. What I love mostly is the weight. So I can carry it around all day and not kill my shoulders like my big cameras do. Cheap price and fun to play with.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              It's a Holga

                              By Ellie

                              from Zurich, Switzerland

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Photography

                                Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                                I'm using this new Holga for a personal project. What I love about Holgas (I have a few) is that each one is unique and full of surprises. Because of the expected uncertainty, a new relationship has to be developed with each individual camera.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Fun Diversion

                                By Andrew the Photographer

                                from Westport, CT

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • It's simplicity

                                Cons

                                • Not a single concern

                                Best Uses

                                • Artwork

                                Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                                Here's why I rated it 5 stars. It's a plastic toy for gosh sakes adapted by photo-artists to get soft special effects. Boy does it ever do a great job doing that. Heaven forbid that someone decides to copy this into a high-end professional camera. If they did the charm would be lost.

                                I've used software filters to get the same effect and frankly they aren't anywhere as good as the original. The plastic frame, the light leaky seams of the back and camera body enhances the vignette effect, and the over simplicity of only two apertures and four focal points force me to take my time, think about the composition and approximate the artistic effect I think I might get with the Holga. The results can be a delight.

                                Also you can't beat the price. Cheap with charm, and a great little box to force you to think about how to create abstracts.

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                                5.0

                                Perfect price[...]

                                By Mr NickB.K.

                                from San Marcos , CA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Reliable Operation
                                • Stable Flash Sync

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artwork
                                  • Fashion
                                  • Photography
                                  • Posters

                                  Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                                  The perfect camera with just the right bells and whistles at a way more than fair price !!!!!!!!! [...]

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Very fun camera

                                  By bulblight

                                  from New York City, New York

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Artwork
                                      • Photography

                                      Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                                      This is a great camera to play around with artistically or just as a regular file camera!

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                                      4.0

                                      Buy this one over other models

                                      By ronddenv

                                      from Denver, CO

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                                            Instead of taking twenty shots, I have to plan for a single exposure. That makes me think more than digital photography requires. I love this! Great with the color wheel for flash.

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                                            5.0

                                            Great fun Great images

                                            By Holgaddict

                                            from Miami,FL

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Artwork
                                                • Fashion

                                                Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                                                I've used Holgas for almost 10 years and I use this camera on fine art and fashion shoots.It gives me alot of liberty and I love that I always get amazing images from it.

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                                                4.0

                                                120CFN Medium Format Camera by Holga

                                                By Pizza

                                                from Northern California

                                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Can add a poleroid back
                                                • Fun fun fun
                                                • Interchangeable Film Back
                                                • Medium format film

                                                Cons

                                                • Falls apart easily
                                                • Inaccurate Rangefinder

                                                Best Uses

                                                • All uses

                                                Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                                                This is a great little camera which shoots medium format film and does a great job at it. It's a "let go and have fun camera", since you have very little control like with other button loaded cameras. It's good to have a little understanding of it's abilities and it's restrictions when you go to use it. Each camera has it's own quirks and light leaks and such, so each camera is different- so you learn what your own cameras boundaries are. I shoot at a pro level and love this camera! You have to do some taping and Velcro to keep it all tight and together, but that's the deal with plastic cameras in general. But what the heck, look at the cost, you can afford to try it out and have fun and decide for yourself!

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                                                5.0

                                                A really fun purchase!

                                                By Photogirl's mom

                                                from Seattle, WA

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Funky strange photos

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Photography

                                                  Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                                                  My daughter is 17 and taking a photography class. Her teacher recommended this because it offers a way to take really unusual pictures. She is having so much fun with it, and we have even set up a darkroom for her. It was SO affordable!

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Film Rules!

                                                  By karla

                                                  from new york

                                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                                  Verified Reviewer

                                                  Pros

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                                                        I bought my Holga because I was tired of taking pictures without thinking with my digital camera, and I don't regret it at all. My first use was during a trip to Mexico, it was a little bit tricky (i'm sure that I just need to use it more often and all my problems will be gone). First, because i had to get used to the idea that I can't see my photo right away (which makes things more fun! I love the surprise effect), second because I had no idea how to work with light, always questioning if i should use or not the flash, etc. Not all of my photos came out since i still have to learn how to use a Holga, but the ones that came out are incredible!!! I could never achieve the effects I got with a regular digital camera. Holga is really fun and looking for to take more pictures.

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                                                        5.0

                                                        great fun, silly camera to play with!

                                                        By Lauren

                                                        from New York, NY

                                                        About Me Casual Photographer

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Photography

                                                            Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                                                            You feel like you are a kid again playing with a toy for hours. It's light and made of plastic. Really, the most joyful moments, and without spending a lot of money!

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                                                            5.0

                                                            Plastic is Truly Fantastic!

                                                            By Riley WK.

                                                            from New York

                                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                            Verified Buyer

                                                            Pros

                                                            • Reliable Operation

                                                            Cons

                                                              Best Uses

                                                              • Artwork
                                                              • Photography

                                                              Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                                                              I love my Holga. Though I don't get too much vignetting and light flares (things that I would want in a Holga), it is still my favorite lomo camera. If you're a beginner photographer and want to get into the 120 world, this is the camera for you. Just don't expect the high quality images of a digital camera.

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                                                              4.0

                                                              Worth Every Penny!

                                                              By Jonny

                                                              from Fresno, Ca.

                                                              About Me Casual Photographer

                                                              Verified Buyer

                                                              Pros

                                                              • Easy and simple to use
                                                              • Plastic feels durable

                                                              Cons

                                                              • Foam pieces came loose

                                                              Best Uses

                                                              • Artwork
                                                              • Experimental photography
                                                              • Fashion
                                                              • For Fun
                                                              • Photography
                                                              • To teach film with

                                                              Comments about Holga 120CFN Medium Format Camera:

                                                              I was in an artistic funk when it came to my photography. Already a huge film fan I needed to try and do something new to jump start my creativity, and boy did the Holga do exactly that!

                                                              Let's face it, the Holga is reasonably priced. Especially when you take into consideration all the mods you can do to the camera and how amazing the photographs can potentially turn out.

                                                              One thing that irks me however -and I heard this is some what common- is while shooting my first roll of film the foam pieces that are behind the film canister and the take-up spool came loose and got wound up with film. Luckily this didn't ruin my entire roll, just a few frames. This is a simple fix however, just used some Gorilla glue and it works like a charm.

                                                              I would recommend this camera to anyone. Whether you're just getting into film photography or a seasoned pro, Holgas are fun and can produce some very unique images.

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