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Holga144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 125 reviews)

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    (84)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

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 (75)
  • Photography (72)
  • Fashion (12)
  • Advertising (3)
  • Photojournalism (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (29), Pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (15), Enthusiast (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (48), 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

Happy with Product so far

By purple08

from Wisconsin

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

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        Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format 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 Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format 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...

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Uniquely Holga

        By Tim

        from Horsham, PA

        Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format 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 Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format 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 Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format 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

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          Pros

          • Cheap
          • Simple

          Cons

          • Poor Attachments

          Best Uses

          • Artwork
          • Photography

          Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format 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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          5.0

          Great fun with the Holga

          By laurence

          from toronto, Gallery 44

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

          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

          Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

          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

          Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

          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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          5.0

          Classic

          By wynfordroad

          from minneapolis, mn

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Simple

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Experimental
            • Photography

            Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

            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

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                  Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                  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

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                        Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

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

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        great presentatin\on

                        By Karli's Mom

                        from Adairsville, Ga

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

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                          Cons

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                            • Photography

                            Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                            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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                            5.0

                            So much fun!

                            By Pat

                            from Quebec City

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fun to shoot

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Creative photography

                              Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                              Forget about complicated menus and electronic and enjoy photography as an art with this very fun to shoot camera. Spend time taking pictures and less time on the computer.

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                              5.0

                              Best bang for your buck!

                              By Lensboy

                              from Montréal, QC

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Reliable Operation

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artwork
                                • Photography

                                Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                the Holga 120N is the most low tech and most poorly built camera out there, but you just gotta love the images this camera can crank out! yes it has it's limitations but what it can do it does very nicely and for the price that they sell at... this really is getting the best bang for your buck, I highly recommend this product.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                The original instagram

                                By Joy Yagid

                                from New Jersey

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Light leaks and funky exp

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • Advertising
                                • Artwork
                                • Classes and creative work
                                • Fashion
                                • Photography
                                • Posters

                                Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                Bought 10 for my photo camp - I teach tweens & teens photography and I wasn't sure how they would react to going 'old skool'.

                                They loved it.
                                They loved not knowing how the image would come out.
                                They loved the fact they could create multiple exposures.

                                They had fun.

                                Really - there is no downside.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Fun to play with and see what you get

                                By JaredR

                                from Hartford CT

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

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                                      Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                      A great cheap toy camera to play with and see what comes out. Nothingof great quality but that is its charm.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      great value,fun product

                                      By L Hine-Cermak

                                      from Norwich,CT

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

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                                        Cons

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                                            Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                            A fun old school flash back camera. Gives photos that 60's feel. Low price. Tough to find local film developing.

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                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            Always On Point Fun

                                            By Will

                                            from Long Island, NY

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Photography

                                                Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                                Love this little blast from the Past. Always fun and exciting to see what images come out once developed.

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                                                • No

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                                                5.0

                                                Love the Holga!

                                                By keith

                                                from montclair, nj

                                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Interchangeable Film Back
                                                • Reliable Operation
                                                • Stable Flash Sync

                                                Cons

                                                • Unpredictable

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Advertising
                                                • Artwork
                                                • Fashion
                                                • Photography

                                                Comments about Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black):

                                                simple, fun, inexpensive

                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                • No

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