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Holga 120N Medium Format Film Camera (Black)

BH #HO120N • MFR #144120
Holga
Holga 120N Medium Format Film Camera (Black)
Key Features
  • Classic Toy Camera
  • 60mm f/8 Plastic Lens
  • Zone Focusing System
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/100 sec. and Bulb
One of the most iconic toy cameras available, the Holga 120N is characterized by the unique image quality it is able to produce, along with its modest design and minimal controls. Featured here with a black finish, the Holga is best known for its standard-length 60mm f/8 plastic lens that produces a soft, dream-like aesthetic, which is further accentuated by the inherent vignetting and light leaks caused by the plastic body and simple construction. A choice between f/8 or f/11, or "cloudy" and "sunny", aperture settings is available, along with 1/100 sec. or bulb shutter speed settings and a zone focus system for focusing as close as 3' away. A tripod mount is incorporated into the base of the camera for stable long exposure shooting and a top hot shoe accepts optional electronic flashes. A camera designed to bring the fun back to photography, the Holga is a classic toy camera capable of making some remarkable, yet inherently lo-fi photographs.
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Holga 120N Overview

One of the most iconic toy cameras available, the Holga 120N is characterized by the unique image quality it is able to produce, along with its modest design and minimal controls. Featured here with a black finish, the Holga is best known for its standard-length 60mm f/8 plastic lens that produces a soft, dream-like aesthetic, which is further accentuated by the inherent vignetting and light leaks caused by the plastic body and simple construction. A choice between f/8 or f/11, or "cloudy" and "sunny", aperture settings is available, along with 1/100 sec. or bulb shutter speed settings and a zone focus system for focusing as close as 3' away. A tripod mount is incorporated into the base of the camera for stable long exposure shooting and a top hot shoe accepts optional electronic flashes. A camera designed to bring the fun back to photography, the Holga is a classic toy camera capable of making some remarkable, yet inherently lo-fi photographs.

The 120N model accepts 120-format roll film and includes both 6 x 4.5cm and 6 x 6cm inserts to record 16 or 12 exposures per roll, respectively. Film is manually advanced between shots using the top winding knob, with the frame progression checked using the rear red window.

Plastic body construction and plastic lens contribute to the distinct image quality, which is characterized by light leaks, vignetting, and soft focus.
Classic medium format toy camera accepts 120 roll film, and the included 6 x 4.5cm and 6 x 6cm film masks allow you to record either 16 or 12 frames per roll respectively.
60mm f/8 lens provides a normal field of view for working in a wide variety of situations.
Zone focusing system allows you to focus as closely as 3' away.
A 1/100th sec. shutter speed setting is available in addition to a bulb setting for long exposure shooting.
Standard 1/4"-20 tripod mount allows you to make stable long exposure photographs.
Top hot shoe accessory mount allows you to attach any electronic flash.
UPC: 614572144125

Holga 120N Specs

Camera TypeMedium format film camera
Film FormatAccepts 120 roll film; either 6 x 4.5 cm or 6 x 6 cm format
With 6 x 4.5 cm mask: 16 exposures
With 6 x 6 cm mask: 12 exposures
Lens60mm f/8 plastic lens
Aperturef/8 to f/11 (cloudy and sunny)
FocusingManual; zone focusing system with four marked distances:
  • 3' / 0.9 m
  • 6' / 1.8 m
  • 18' / 5.5 m
  • 30' / 9.1 m to infinity
Shutter SpeedNormal: 1/100 sec.
Bulb
ViewfinderOptical
Tripod Mount1/4"-20
DimensionsNot specified by manufacturer
WeightNot specified by manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.1 x 5.15 x 5.05"

Holga 120N Reviews

Good cheap fun

By Andrew
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-20

It is what it is, a plastic camera that uses medium format film. Takes fun low quality pictures with lots of character. Easy enough to use, zone focus has pictures that indicate 3',6',18', and infinity marked on the barrel. There is an indoor outdoor switch that changes the aperture from f8 to f11. Shutter is either 1/100th or there is a useless bulb setting with no port for attaching a cable release, so it's 1/100 or very blurry. The 60mm lens while not fast at all, gives a very wide view, I would estimate it as about 35mm view on a 35mm camera. Once you adjust to it, the shutter release is actually pretty nice, it's soft with long travel but it actuates mid stroke and keeps camera shake down a bit, shutter is quiet. There is no multi-exposure protection so you must be mindful of not double exposing. The counter takes some getting used to, the numbers will be upside down because this camera winds film in the opposite direction from most other cameras. The camera comes with two frames for determining negative size (6x4.5 or 6x6), the square images are a lot of fun but they run through film faster than you expect. Changing the film is easy enough, but it is recommended to be done under low light to protect the film. The camera has tons of light leaks and need to be taped with gaffer's around the edges of the back. The inside bits are extremely shiny, painting them with a flat black paint helps to clear up images a bit. The lenscap should be on the camera when not shooting to prevent accidental exposure. The camera seems to be happiest with 100 speed film outdoors with sun, and 400 speed film in overcast or indoor. The images you get from it depend a lot on the conditions you shoot in. Overall it is the only cheap way to experiment with medium format, it can take good images, it is very light, and simple. By far the most portable 120 camera in terms of weight.

A blast

By Nicholas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-12

Using this camera has been an absolute blast! there's nothing more charming than using a film camera and seeing your photos come to life! This camera makes beautiful shots and it doesn't get more simple than using this, and especially for the price range. Ive been recommending this to everyone who wants to do film photography. My only warning is to be aware that this is a 100% plastic toy camera. Your camera settings are extremely limited so it will be tricky to get a good shot, and you will have no way to no until you develop. also beware that this a a 100 percent fully manual camera, you will have to do everything with guess work and remember to advance your film as you shoot. Have fun!

love it!!

By Caitlin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-26

such a fun camera- I had one when I was younger and it brings back so many nostalgic memories!

Missing battery

By Daniella
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-16

I bought this camera a couple of months ago and i was so excited to use it but immediately had a hard time with finding the battery compartment. I didn't think anything of it and just kept it for a day I can mess with it again. Today I check online to try to see where the battery compartment is because it was impossible to find even though I really shouldn't have a hard time finding it. I went on YouTube searching how to add the batteries since I thought maybe others had a hard time finding the compartment too and realized that my camera is missing the battery compartment and now I can't get a refund because it's been so long since I purchased it. I don't want to give a one star review but I mean a missing battery compartment?

Fun!

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-29

Fun to use! Unpredictable! Not a lot of thinking involved! Quit being so serious, get one of these.

Favorite plastic camera

By Julian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-10

I lost mine I had for a few years, and this was exactly like the one I had! I was worried it would be one of the “by sunrise” newer models that haven’t received good reviews.

So far, so good!

By Ashley
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-19

Really fun toy camera to try, I only taped the counter window and saw very little to no light leaking on my model. I've only shot two rolls, though, so we'll see going forward. Simple to use, enjoy it so far!

Thank you for bringing back Holga

By Johnson
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-27

There were several years when a Holga camera could not be bought. Thank goodness those days are over!! The Holga isn't for everybody but if you want affordable medium format and every picture unique, get you one! Or two!

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Asked by: JJ Hotshot
Yes. There’s a hint printed right on the camera! But it’s obvious once you have the camera in hand.
Answered by: Antoinette
Date published: 2020-07-10

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Asked by: Tom
The Holga 120N Medium Format Film does not have built-in filter threads.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2020-11-29

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Does this version of the Holga camera really have two f-stops? Or is the f-stop switch button just for show?
Asked by: Scott
f/8 and f/11
Answered by: Paul
Date published: 2020-11-26

Does the camera come with an instruction manual?

Does the camera come with an instruction manual?
Asked by: Carol
It does not include a full manual.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2021-01-18

But is there really a different aperture for the ...

But is there really a different aperture for the cloudy and sunny setting? for years they have had this switch, but there was no stop-down when you flipped the switch, no matter what the instruction manual said or what the specs claimed. If this version changed that, it would be great to know for sure! I'd order one right now if that was confirmed. Thanks!
Asked by: mark
Yes the lens stops down from f8 (cloudy) to f11 sunny.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2021-10-05

Is there a pinhole option?

Is there a pinhole option?
Asked by: Sylvia
No.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-01-22

where do i get film developed?

where do i get film developed?
Asked by: Susan
We currently offer film mailers for 120 format film in black and white or positive film: https://bhpho.to/39RKgIZ https://bhpho.to/30pPjgx
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2020-08-03

question

What is so special about the rubberized version?
Asked by: Danny C.
The rubberized black version is simply cosmetic; this will operate the same as any Holga camera.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2020-04-24
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