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Holga 120N Plastic Camera

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  • The format arrow on the back of the camera easily slides between 12 and 16 exposures
  • Zone focus system
  • Mostly plastic, including the lens; extremely small and compact one-piece plastic molded body
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The Holga 120N! Still retaining all of those fabulous and unique features that made the Holga 120S world famous, this model, the Holga 120N, takes Holga photography to the next level. Features include a standard tripod mount (1/4-20) and bulb selector for extra long exposures. Your film will now travel smoothly in either 6 x 4.5cm or 6 x 6cm formats with the two plastic masks, included. Also...no more broken fingernails...the format arrow on the back of the camera easily slides between 12 and 16 exposures. Uses 120 film. The Holga 120N camera is desired by art photographers the world over. The standard features from the Holga 120S still include: Hot shoe flash sync, uses 120 roll film for 16 - 6cm x 4.5cm frames per roll. Perfect for classroom instruction, personal image-making and fine art photos. No batteries required! Reminiscent of the Diana camera of the 1960s and 70s. Characteristic vignetting focuses the viewer's eye and adds to visual impact. The Holga 120N is well known for producing whimsical images that have vingetting, soft focus and the enchanting possibility of light leaks. Features include: -Two masks for either 6 x 4.5cm or 6 x 6cm images -Standard tripod mount (1/4-20) -Bulb selector for extra long exposures -Hot shoe flash sync Uses 120 film or 35mm (with adaptor, purchased separately). No batteries required. The Holga 120N camera is desired by art photographers the world over.

Product Information

Color:Black
Product Dimensions 1 x 1 x 1 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 12 ounces
ASIN B000AL8JKW
Item model number 144120
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4.2 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Film Photography > Film Cameras > Medium & Large-Format Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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By D Co on December 6, 2005
Color: Black
It comes with a plastic lense, it takes 120 film, there's no flash, no light metering, no focusing. If you're not familiar with 120 film (not every pharmacy develops 120 film), then you should do a little research before you buy this camera ([...]). Most folks buy this as secondary camera, or just as a fun camera. The picture quality is different from camera to camera, and is not par with digitals. It does take unique shots, it is a cheaply priced camera, it feels cheap in your hands. I give it five stars, because for the price it captures my surroundings in a way that no digital can replicate.
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Color: Black
The logical progression from the original Holga 120S is this camera, the Holga 120N. It stays true to the original, but with some minor improvements: a brass tripod socket, bulb exposure setting, and foam cushion film tensioner. It's got the same plastic lens, which captures the heart and soul of just about any photographic moment...try that with a digital! I suggest that you purchase two...one for color work, and one for black & white film. Also, get the optional 6x6cm frame mask to take advantage of the awesome vignetting.
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Color: Black
This affordable toy camera is renowned by artists around the globe, and for good reason too! Once you take this bad boy out of it's box and load your 120 film, the fun begins. It's small and light enough to bring it almost everywhere. The pictures that come out of this camera are something. Don't bother picking up some electricians tape because unexpected light leaks are always fun. Saturation, colour, and vignetting add to my love of this camera. Save yourself some money and pair this up with the Lomo Colour Flash. You can use it with your other cameras for extra fun! Double exposures are no problem, just click away without advancing the film.
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I'm a photo student. I'm studying everything about photography. I'm not an urban hipster. I don't look like an urban hipster. I have absolutely no inherent "lo-fi" photography bias due to some sort of artsy hipster social background. It's just something that I'm messing with because I'm sleeping, eating, and breathing all sorts of photography 24-7.

I bought this because it's the prototypical "crappy toy camera" and I wanted to see what I could do with it's limited capabilities. It's part of an optional assignment and I'm playing with film right now, so why not.

The first thing that everyone should know is that this is not really a toy or an inexpensive alternative camera, but rather a modern "remake" of a primitive camera intended to allow those who understand, or are learning to understand, the photographic process in detail to reproduce certain "vintage" photographic styles and push the limits of what can be done with primitive technology.

The Holga 120N has the following features for "advanced" photographers:

- They use medium format 120 roll film. This is film that is a little more than 6cm wide... it is NOT 35mm. Normally this film is used in expensive Hasselblad or Mamiya cameras and is thus not usually sold at drug stores and gas stations. Not every photo lab will process it.

- There IS a "bulb" exposure mode, which means that you can keep the shutter open as long as you keep holding down the shutter button. You have to know what you're doing with this or all you'll do is waste a shot of film.

- Whether "bulb" mode is turned on or off, there's nothing stopping you from exposing the film multiple times without advancing the roll.
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This is actually my second Holga. I bought this one so that I can have two different types of film loaded at any given time. It's just as good as my first one, but like all Holgas it has its own personality different from my first Holga. They're light enough that I don't feel too weighed down having two on me, and with two I get to have one loaded with 35mm without having to find a darkroom if I want to keep shooting, I just load the second one with the regular 120mm.

The different colored bodies are fun too. I take them to fairs and other events and I get a lot of questions and comments on the camera, if not just a funny look or two hehehe. I think most of the time people expect water to shoot out of the lens or something.

All of this and I get some striking and unique images you could never get from a digital without some serious photoshopping, and at only $40 why not?

One word of advice though to first time Holga purchasers. This camera craves sunlight, so even if you are in a well lit indoor area, use a flash or a tripod on the long exposure B setting, otherwise you will end up with a roll of underexposed duds.
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Color: Violet Verified Purchase
I was getting bored of my DSLR. Then someone told me in passing about this little joke of a camera, The Holga. I started researching this camera, bought one, and started playing. I have never had so much fun with photography in my whole life. I take it EVERYWHERE with me. I hear people say as I walk away, "did you see that girl's camera?" "What? That was a camera?" No one takes it serious. which means people are more okay with you having fun around them, snapping candids, etc. I love my Holga. She is my new best friend, my new eyes, and she goes everywhere with me! You don't have to be as obsessed as me, but if you're looking to have a little fun with your photography, if you feel locked into this perfect digital world of ours, get the holga and have fun with her. You won't regret it.
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