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Holga 193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera

B&H # HO120WPC Mfr # 193120
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Product Highlights
  • Pinhole Images
  • Long Exposures
  • Soft Images/Dreamlike
  • No Batteries Required

The Holga 193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera gives the photographer an inexpensive way to crank out some truly interesting effects.  With no lens, this camera can create soft focus images that take on a dreamlike appearance.  The pinhole on the front does everything for you.  Through the use of long exposures, the shooter can make images with both foreground and background sharp. In addition, colors will be richer.

Desired by art photographers the world over, the Holga Pinhole is reminiscent of the Diana camera of the 1960s and 70s.  The characteristic pinhole vignetting focuses the viewer's eye and adds to visual impact.  This camera uses 120 roll film for 16 6x4.5cm frames per roll, and comes with masks for both 6 x 7cm and 6 x 9cm images. It is the perfect pinhole camera for classroom instructions, personal image-making, and fine art photos.

No lens - Offers maximum depth of field through extremely long exposures
No focusing required
Nearly unlimited depth-of-field renders both close & distant objects in relative focus
Moving subjects registered as 'blurs' or ghost images
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
Camera Type Medium format pinhole camera
Film Back/Loading Accepts 120mm film ONLY; Masks for 6x7 and 6x9
Film Type All type 120 mm film (Does not accept 220 film); e.g. Kodak Tri-X 120
Lens Mount Not Applicable; Contains f/135 lens (0.3mm)
Shutter Shutter speed: "B" setting (shutter stays open for as long as you press the button)
Shutter Release Uncoupled advance & shutter release for multiple & partial exposures
Self Timer Not Applicable
Flash Synchronization Not Applicable
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 Not Applicable
Power Source Not Applicable
Custom Functions Not Applicable
Data Imprinting Not Applicable
Tripod Mount 1/4" x 20
Dimensions 6 x 3.75 x 3" (15 x 8.5 x 77.5cm)
Weight 6 oz (170g) (approx)
Miscellaneous Bubble level
Cable Release adapter located on shutter release
Holga 193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera
  • 6 x 7cm and 6 x 9cm Masks
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Limited Warranty
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    Holga193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera
     
    4.6

    (based on 13 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Auto focus (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artwork (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love Holga

      By Alexander

      from Loveland

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artwork

          Comments about Holga 193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera:

          Holga 120 WPC is one of three Holgas that I bought from B&H last year.
          I love Holga very much for non-standard,unique images. 2 images here that I shot with this camera using 6x9 mask and 135 mm film.

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          5.0

          A fine wide-angle pinhole camera

          By Nesster

          from NJ

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                Comments about Holga 193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera:

                Not a bad product - lots of fun to use, in fact. Only things I'd add to the reviews already entered: 1) there's no shutter sound, so I keep having to remind myself to start timing and 2) the frame guides on top don't give a good indication of how wide the view really is, even with the 6x9 mask in. The actual photo is far, far wider! But as always, it's all serendipity. The photos that result have a nice vignetting, ultra wide look that is very charming.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Love this camera

                By Rob Gould

                from Brooklyn, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Easy to use light

                Cons

                • Rather expensive

                Best Uses

                • Artwork

                Comments about Holga 193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera:

                Love this camera. Anyone looking to get started in pinhole photography or even panorama photography; start here. My camera was good strait from the first roll. Exposure time- I simply use a cable release and count up to 9 or 15 in day light (depending on how bright and clouds)with Fuji 100 B&W film. It's that simple! Remember to remove the masking/framing plate on the inside. I do this with all my Holgas. That way you get a full view and wonderful distorted edge. I have had problems fogging the film taking it out of the camera. As with all Holga cameras, it might not wind up the film tight enough on the roll, and light leaks on the film edge. I now change film using a dark bag. Remember to also tape up the seams of the camera back. Although I have shot without doing it and didn't have any leaks. I just don't trust the clips holding on the back especially if you are taking the camera rapidity in and out of a camera bag.http://robertgouldhistoricalartist.blogspot.com/

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                4.0

                unique addition to my collection

                By harrylee

                from baltimore, md

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                      Comments about Holga 193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera:

                      I haven't played around with it too much yet. But I appreciate the unique images it takes compared to my go to camera.

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Basic, Basic, Basic and lot's of Fun!

                      By Jimbob

                      from Flower Mound Tx

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to use

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Fun and Profit

                      Comments about Holga 193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera:

                      Lot's of fun for all. Typical Holga qurks. Light leaks etc. Takes me back to my photography beginnings. Long live FILM.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great way to get into pinhole!

                      By drumlin

                      from Chapel HIll NC

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                            Comments about Holga 193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera:

                            Cheap easy way to start out in pinhole photography. This is a plastic camera, but don't be surprised if you end up taking some absolutely fantastic photos with it on accident. I love mine.

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                            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            An interesting and challenging camera.

                            By Digital Dave

                            from Beverly MA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artwork

                                Comments about Holga 193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera:

                                If you are serious about trying pinhole photography this camera is an excellent choice. Since there is no lens it's cheap construction does not affect image quality and it can produce pictures as good as pinhole cameras costing hundreds of dollars more. However achieving good results with any pinhole camera is not easy. Among other things you must deal with extremely long exposures and film reciprocity failure which makes calculating exposure times difficult. Processing 120 film is expensive and may have to be handled by mail order. It's not too difficult to load this camera with 35mm film which will allow most drugstores to process it however they will not be able to make prints. You will find yourself wanting to purchase the equipment to develop and scan the film yourself. This should not be a casual purchase despite the modest cost of the camera.

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                                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Fun Camera

                                By Jeff

                                from Neenah Wisconsin

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                                Pros

                                • Auto Focus

                                Cons

                                • Poor Directions

                                Best Uses

                                • Soft Panos

                                Comments about Holga 193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera:

                                Low price low tech but lots of fun taking pictures
                                Only problem was setting the camera for 6X12 format. The directions are unclear and seem to be backwards. TIP: for 6X12 format set the view window with the pointer down (so you see the numbers in the middle of the film. For 6X9 format set the slider up so you read the numbers on the bottom of the film.

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                                (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Cool twist on the Holga!

                                By LouS

                                from Buffalo, NY

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Auto Focus
                                • Fun
                                • Interchangeable Film Back
                                • Light
                                • Simple to use

                                Cons

                                • Pricey

                                Best Uses

                                • Advertising
                                • Artwork
                                • Fashion
                                • Let your imagination run
                                • Photography
                                • Posters

                                Comments about Holga 193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera:

                                Great idea, but a bit pricey. Knocked off a star due to cost (hey, it's PLASTIC!)

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                                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                A 6x12 World Of Pinhole Photography!!!

                                By Wayne Stevenson

                                from Canada

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • 6x12 mask included
                                • Auto Focus
                                • F133

                                Cons

                                • Inaccurate Rangefinder
                                • Vignetting at 9x12

                                Best Uses

                                • Artwork
                                • Photography

                                Comments about Holga 193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera:

                                The images this pinhole camera produces are gorgeous. And a fraction of the cost of a Zero Image, or other similar pinholes.I love this camera. It is a blast to use, and the results are jst stunning. Breathtaking. I cannot wait for the next time I am in the mountains, to bring this baby with me.You can see some images I took the other day here: [@]

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                                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Pinhole Panoramic Pleasure

                                By Photos_Obscura

                                from Smokey Mountains

                                Verified Buyer

                                Comments about Holga 193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera:

                                If you are a Holga, Pinhole, or Roll Film maniac
                                this is a must have! What can I say pure plastic pinhole pleasure! It's a Holga, all Holga, Holga rules apply. Get one and have a blast!

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                                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Love this

                                By inherdarkroom

                                from King George, VA

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                                Pros

                                • Bubble level
                                • Cable release ready
                                • Tripod mount
                                • Wide format 6cm x 12cm

                                Cons

                                • "shutter" size

                                Best Uses

                                • landscape
                                • Wide-angle closeups

                                Comments about Holga 193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera:

                                I use this mostly for wide angle close ups and landscape photos. I love this camera. My only issue is the "shutter" doesn't open all the way and I will need to modify it to remove the hard-edged vignette

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                                (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                What an awesome idea...

                                By Freddocat

                                from Melbourne, Australia

                                About Me Pro Photographer

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                                      Comments about Holga 193120 120 Wide Angle Pinhole Camera:

                                      How cool is this? A 6x12 format Holga with lots of falloff - what could be better? Takes beautiful, dreamy, panoramic images. Portable, easy to use - the ultimate art-house camera!

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