Holga CFN - Plastic Fantastic


The Holga was my very first Lomography camera. After you get throught he learning curve, you'll get awesome images shot after shot!

The Holga is a Lomographic classic and arguably, one of the best toy cameras out there which defies its inherent simplicity. Its as minimalist as you can get – a black, plastic body with a fixed aperture lens (the sunny and cloudy settings don’t exactly help) 2 shutter settings and zone focusing. You’ll also have the choice to shoot in 6×6 or x4.5, I suggest the former since the square format is what the Holga’s made for and where it shines!

When I first used the Holga, my first camera, nobody taught me how to use it and I had no background whatsoever in photography. I shot away rolls of film indoors and during overcast days. All I got from the lab were blank pictures. It was depressing at first but I read and researched to find out what I was doing wrong. The Holga’s aperture opening is f/13 so it really, really needs lots and lots of light for you to get something out of it. Since then, I only use the Holga outdoors during sunny days, indoors with a flash or at night with a tripod and using bulb for around 20-30 seconds. This site, The Ultimate Exposure Computer helped me for exposure times not just for the Holga, but all of my analog settings as well. It’s a must read! The focusing from my experience is at a minimum distance of 3 feet, then 9, 18, then infinity. The focusing isn’t too much of a problem since with its big aperture, the depth of field is vast, just as long as you don’t focus on anything closer than 3 feet.

The Holga is a beast that’s hard to tame. Take some time to master it, to understand it. After you do, you’ll be surprised at how unbelievably good your photos will turn out!

written by cruzron on 2009-07-26 in #reviews #120 #holga #review #analog #square #medium-format #camera #lomography


  1. ilovemydiana
    ilovemydiana ·

    tame it i shall!

  2. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    one of my favourite cameras!!!!
    lovely shots, and great review!

  3. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    I am yet to tame this camera. I haven't yet given it its fair due since having some iffy rolls with light leaks and bad exposure, but one day I'll have my bonding experience for sure. Oh, and that ultimate exposure computer is a must read for all lomographers. It was one of the first things I read when I started lomography.

  4. boredbone
    boredbone ·

    one of my fave cams. cool galery:)

  5. mrs-paul
    mrs-paul ·

    My Holga is def one of my favourite cameras, I return to it again and again. I still have a lot to learn... yet it surprises me with every film! Thanks for the tips and nice photos...

  6. stouf
    stouf ·

    Good job Ron ! A nice review of the best camera ever (in my opinion) ! Your gallery is perfect ! N°1, 3 and ho! you're the one who took N°5 ! I love this shot !

  7. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    It´s also my first Lomographic cam!

  8. ebolatheelectricmonk
    ebolatheelectricmonk ·

    It's built like crap, but the results are great (mostly....)

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