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Holga 120 PAN Panoramic Camera
 
4.5

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4.0

Loving this so far

By j_sho

from Washington, DC

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Price
  • Reliable Tonal Range
  • Reproduces Well
  • Scans Well

Cons

  • Construction Not Solid

Best Uses

  • Artwork
  • Travel

Comments about Holga 120 PAN Panoramic Camera:

I wanted to experiment with medium format film and get large panoramas at the same time without having to drop too much cash. This toy camera has performed just as I had hoped! On the 100 ISO black and white film, I got almost no light leaks, without having to do any modifications to the camera. The film wound evenly and tightly, so I had no issues with fat film either. The focus is a little soft, but I expected that from the plastic lens. I will get the shutter release kit to cut down on blur too, it's nice this camera has a tripod mount.

This camera was less expensive than other panoramic toy film cameras and B&H had the best price for this camera of anyone I saw! There are great tutorials online for how to modify this camera, which I will probably do, as the strap harnesses are a little loose, and have slipped off the camera while it was around my neck (the film did not get exposed when it fell luckily!) I expected this, though, from a toy camera. Also, I found the recommended 400 ISO film to be way too over exposed when shooting on a cloudy day, and this film even got exposed by the numbers on frame count window. I would recommend shooting 100 film on a longer exposure.

All in all, this is a great camera for fun shoots or experimenting with a new medium, at a price that won't make you feel guilty. I would definitely recommend!

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5.0

Cheap plastic junk, but that's the point

By Fishwrapcomix

from Minnesota

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Reproduces Well
  • Scans Well

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artwork
    • Fun
    • Home
    • Photojournalism
    • Travel

    Comments about Holga 120 PAN Panoramic Camera:

    This is my 5th or 6th Holga camera. I have a couple of the basic 120 version as well as a couple pinhole models, and they are all gems in their own junky light leaking plasticky way. The Holga can provide you with some missing fun in your photographic pursuits. Besides all the fun, it also provides plenty of surprises. Surprise that it works, surprise that it exposed the film in a usable fashion, and surprise that something is in focus. Holga gives you a chance to break out of a creative rut in digital workflow. No chimping, no instant gratification, no quick upload. Flakey plastic film camera giving you a new take on old work habits. The Panorama was all that I had hoped for. You get six big honking 6 x12 negatives out of every roll of film. Nice for scanning, nice for printing, just plain nice. Been shooting landscapes and it's been a real hoot. Buy a Holga and unleash the hipster artist within. [$] measly bucks and a 1,000,000 dollars worth of fun. One word of caution, don't use it on a paying job until you have tried it out, better safe than...

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