I first heard of Holga in 2001 when I worked @ a photo lab in Northridge, CA - I was talking to my fellow worker and photo buddy - Mark - I said "I wish there was a cheaper way to take medium format photography." He said "There is" and told me about the Holga, and go down to Hollywood to the Freestyle store, when I walked in it was like the lights parted from the sky and the angels sang. 3 floors of camera stuff. It was loverly. Needless to say, I dropped down the $25  bucks for the plastic camera. But was never really satisfied with the images.  It's only been recently when I was taught how to make the camera light tight that I've grown to love the camera.

According to Freestyle website, "The Holga camera was initially introduced to the Chinese public in 1982 as an inexpensive camera for everyday use.  Shortly after its introduction, it became an underground artistic phenomena.  Using the Holga is an exercise in breaking free from dependence on technology, precision and controllability. The slight softness of the images, vignetting and random light leaks produce dream-like, one-of-a kind images."

The Holga 120N is modeled after the original Holga released in 1982.  The latest resurgence of toy cameras stems from the love of the classic black utilitarian camera. Check out Freestyles manual for Holga.

  • Uses 120 medium format film
  • 2 film masks for either 12- 6x6 cm images or 16- 6x4.5cm images
  • Normal shutter setting 1/100 of a second and bulb shutter setting
  • 2 aperture settings, f/11 for sunny, f/8 for cloudy
  • Hot shoe adapter
  • Standard Tripod Mount
  • Lens cap and strap
Alot of people spend more on the accessories you can add  to your Holga then they do the actual camera. Once I got the camera light tight I've grown to LOVE my Holga, so I can see why people go crazy over them.

Here are some Holgas I took...


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