I first put my hands on the Holga 120 CFN six months ago. I purchased it online in the Lomography Online Shop and waited three weeks for it to arrive. It took that long because DHL wouldn't mail it to my housing area and I received it the next day after I contacted the Customer Service and asked the agent to forward it to another courier.
I didn’t doubt my Holga like most people do when they first hold a Holga. I knew that it was capable of producing amazing photos, so after reading the instruction manual and the “World Through A Plastic Lens” book, I loaded a roll of Lomography Lady Grey 400 into it and started shooting.
I was so excited to see the results that I finished the first roll within 24 hours! I sent it to be developed and got it back after a few days. The results amazed me!
I heard that Holga 120 CFN is best shooting B&W films and since I liked my first B&W shots, I bought a pack of Lomography Earl Grey to shoot. The photos from this film were also very good!
And then, I did doubles with a lomofriend of mine, Gauthierdumonde, with another roll of Lomography Earl Grey. He also used a Holga to double expose the film. The photos turned out fine.
After realizing that I had only shot B&W films with my Holga, I popped a roll of Lomography CN 100 into it. This time, I used it for a photography project called “Flawed and Beautiful” which is about what emotional difficulties teenagers these days have to endure and mostly used bulb mode for it.
The project was done with my sister, Littleploggo, and it was a great success! When I first looked at the photos I was crazed! I have to say, the photos turned out perfectly! The light leaks, the vignettes and the lightings were perfect! Some might turn out a little bit underexposed, but I think it only enhanced the moodiness of the photos. It is as if the Holga decided how the photos should look. It was truly a magical experience! Enough said, these are the results!
I am absolutely in love with my Holga! I will try it with redscale films, even though it is not suitable, and slide films very soon. I will also get a Diana camera to see the difference between these two cameras, to compare them. I am pretty sure that this journey with my Holga is going to be an exciting and beautiful one!
I love my Holga 120 CFN!