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4.6

(based on 132 reviews)

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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 (76)
  • Photography (73)
  • Fashion (12)
  • Advertising (3)
  • Photojournalism (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (30), Pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (15), Enthusiast (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (49), 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

The Holga perspective

By JK

from Omaha

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Nice Distortion

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artwork
    • Photography

    I like the distorted perspective that a Holga gives me.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great camera

    By charles

    from NY

    Verified Buyer

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          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

          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

          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

          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

            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

            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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            5.0

            Great fun with the Holga

            By laurence

            from toronto, Gallery 44

            Verified Buyer

            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

            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

            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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            • No

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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

              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

                  Best Uses

                    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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                    5.0

                    Great!

                    By les

                    from GA

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          I'm using this camera for my photography class and it is great!

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                          • 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

                              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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