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Holga 120 CFN: For Your Inner Child

The Holga 120 CFN is a real toy camera classic that should not go missing in your collection!

So much has been been written and said about the Holga. It’s been praised and pulled to pieces, it’s loved and hated. So what’s left to say for me?

The Holga is popular because it reduces Photography to its essentials: the photographer’s idea. There’s no fiddling around with settings, nothing can be blamed to technical stuff.

I think I could be happy with only two cameras. One being the LC-A and the other being a Holga. I refused to get a Holga for years because, frankly, how many medium-format cameras do one in a rational manner really need? So there wasn’t any reason to get an additional one with the Holga. Or was there?

Sometimes, things are more than the number of their parts. There’s no other way of explaining why this black box of plastic feels so right. When holding a Holga in your hands, you want to make photos with it. It’s a toy and so it needs to be played with. The Holga is a conversation starter too.

You can decide whether to ritually prepare your Holga with some meters of black duct-tape or just skip it.
It can be taken apart and be modified easily. The Holga will be thankful for any modification. It loves the sun. It loves to be among friends. It produces pictures that tell a story. It’s really a toy. If it wasn’t, how could it be explained that this hunk of black plastic arouses such childish joy?

written by zark and translated by zark

8 comments

  1. franty

    franty

    i love medium format. great review.

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  2. itsdebraanne

    itsdebraanne

    medium format FTW!

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  3. tiranapermata

    tiranapermata

    nice gallery :)

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  4. arurin

    arurin

    I love my Holga..!!!

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  5. deedeet

    deedeet

    those are cool photos!!

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  6. _wasabi_

    _wasabi_

    Great shots :)

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  7. chypreamber

    chypreamber

    Love the second photo! :)
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  8. chypreamber

    chypreamber

    Love the second photo! :)
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