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Holga120N Medium Format Film Camera (White)
 
4.6

(based on 139 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (93)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable operation (28)
  • Interchangeable film back (15)
  • Lightweight (13)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Cheap (7)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Artwork (78)
  • Photography (76)
  • Fashion (12)
  • Advertising (3)
  • Photojournalism (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (30), Pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (15), Enthusiast (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (53), Yes (6)

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

fun to experiment

By radiantjw

from Portland, ME

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Interchangeable Film Back

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artwork

    Comments about 120N Medium Format Film Camera (White):

    Am using the Holga for an experimental photo class at The University of southern Maine. We had an exercise where the students were all blind-folded and were given the task of taking photos with our Holgas outside. We did have monitors. Well, I just developed some of the pics from that experience and they are wonderfully spooky. I love how the Holga captures light and how I was able to take seemingly mundane subjects, (trees, buildings, rocks) and turn them into atmospheric scenes. I know this camera isn't for everyone but I think it's a great tool when you want to experiment with photography and let go of the precision aspect.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Good Overall

    By HellerPhoto

    from Oklahoma

    Comments about 120N Medium Format Film Camera (White):

    The Holga is of course, cheap. The shutter is only B or 1/1000 so having a tripod helps a lot. Aperture settings are unique...let's just say there is a learning curve. The film also has to be loaded in a light-safe area...so it isn't like a 35mm camera at all. But that's comparing an orange to a banana. And the Holga is a pretty great banana.

    It is actually more sturdy than it feels, but I wouldn't test the plastic body too much. Don't let the plastic lense deter you either; the image quality is great for what you are buying here. It is fun to use.

    The only real reason I had any frustration at all is that it was unclear that the camera NEEDS AN ADAPTOR FOR SHUTTER CABLE RELEASES. That wasn't really made clear.

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    5.0

    R.I.P. Holga

    By RB

    from Detroit, MI

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photography

        Comments about 120N Medium Format Film Camera (Black):

        When I heard that Holga would be no more I had to pick up a second 120N.

        This is such a fun little camera. Sure it has it's limits and quirks, but that's part of the fun. Best of all it's great to have a camera you can take anywhere that you don't have to worry about (because of it's price).

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        • No

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        5.0

        Get it before their gone

        By JW Purdy

        from Richmond, Texas

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fun

            Comments about 120N Medium Format Film Camera (Black):

            I have wanted a Holga for some time now but kept putting it off for one reason or another. The manufacture has stopped making them now and they will become hard to find. There are scores of people that have made almost a cult following of this little plastic camera. They are really fun to work with and not one is like another. Its a must have for everyones collection.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Love it

            By Gbrija

            from New York

            Comments about 120N Medium Format Film Camera (Black):

            I got to of these one for my husband and one for our son and they love it :)

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            5.0

            Best quality low price

            By Steph the Photographer

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Photography

              Comments about 120N Medium Format Film Camera (Black):

              As holgas have always been a unique way of shooting, B&H provided exactly what I wanted to continue to shoot what I want. Film is cheap to refill again and again. Duct taping around edges is a good idea to prevent light leaks, as it is a plastic 'toy' camera. I love holga and it will always be different.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Love the Holga!

              By mel1976

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Unique images

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artwork
                • Photography

                Comments about 120N Medium Format Film Camera (Black):

                I received my first Holga when I graduated from college, many years ago. Over the years I took many fun and beautiful photographs, including portraits of family. Now, my twelve-year-old daughter is really into photography. So I just had to get her one for Christmas. I'm sure she will love it!

                About the Holga:
                Often called a "toy camera"
                Images are unique
                Light leaks in the camera can give interesting effects
                It is a film camera, and the film must be loaded and unloaded in a dark space (preferably a dark room or changing bag)
                If you don't have a darkroom you can take it to a local photography store to get developed. There are online stores that develop film too.
                Film may be printed and/or scanned digitally
                You may create double exposures simply by not winding the film before taking another image. Multiple exposure is a really exciting photographic possibility.

                I highly checking out the book "Plastic Cameras" by Michelle Bates.

                The photo I'm including is a double exposure I made using Kodak Portra 400 film.

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                • Yes

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                4.0

                The Holga perspective

                By JK

                from Omaha

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Inexpensive
                • Nice Distortion

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artwork
                  • Photography

                  Comments about 120N Medium Format Film Camera (Black):

                  I like the distorted perspective that a Holga gives me.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great camera

                  By charles

                  from NY

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about 120N Medium Format Film Camera (Black):

                  This camera is just what i was looking for.

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                  5.0

                  Ya it's a Holga

                  By SW

                  from Boston area

                  Comments about 120N Medium Format Film Camera (Black):

                  Every art student needs a Holga. I shoot black and white 120 film and scan the film. 120mm scans great, sweet looking inkjet prints.

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                  4.0

                  Not taking things too seriously

                  By Dayv

                  from Santa Cruz

                  Comments about 120N Medium Format Film Camera (Black):

                  I wanted a camera that would allow me to relax and not take each frame I seriously. So far, even with film, it has allowed me to let go and give me s different perspective. Planning on purchasing another for a dedicated pin hole camera

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                  5.0

                  Creativity at its best.

                  By Tom

                  from poughkeepsie

                  Comments about 120N Medium Format Film Camera (Black):

                  If you want full control of a camera without the interference of any technology, this camera is for you to try. They are true to their word that you can do so much with such basic settings and it is an amazing entry way into medium format photos. Look up modifications that can possibly be made for even more options for photos editing. This camera's possibilities are seemingly endless.

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                  4.0

                  Great little camera

                  By JS

                  from Long Island

                  Comments about 120N Medium Format Film Camera (Black):

                  I had to get this camera for my experimental class and it is so much fun to work with and super easy to figure out!

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                  4.0

                  Fast shipping, Great product

                  By Bolivieri01

                  from Portland, Oregon

                  Comments about 120N Medium Format Film Camera (Black):

                  I received my camera on time and it was everything I ordered. The Holga is a simple but fun camera that is a great starter for anyone interested in experimental film cameras or just wants to have a nice cheap camera for weekend adventures. The only thing I would be weary about is the film counter is a little hard to keep track of. Make sure you remember what picture you are on or else you'll end up overlaying pics or just skipping over on all together.

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                  4.0

                  Happy with Product so far

                  By purple08

                  from Wisconsin

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about 120N Medium Format Film 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 120N Medium Format Film 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...

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Uniquely Holga

                  By Tim

                  from Horsham, PA

                  Comments about 120N Medium Format Film 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 120N Medium Format Film 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 120N Medium Format Film 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.

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                    • 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 120N Medium Format Film Camera (Black):

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

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                    • No

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