My New Favourite Camera: Holga 120 CFN


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!

Credits: tomkiddo

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!

Credits: tomkiddo

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.

Credits: gauthierdumonde

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!

Credits: tomkiddo

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!

written by tomkiddo on 2012-12-24


  1. hxloon
    hxloon ·

    I love my Jack White Holga too! Should put down my LC-Wide and start bringing Jack out more often :D

  2. tomkiddo
    tomkiddo ·

    @hxloon so cool you got the jack white holga! i wanted to get it at first but thought it was too expensive :(

  3. hxloon
    hxloon ·

    Ya, I bought it for RM700+ what was I thinking back then?!?! It's my second camera after Diana Black Jack, heard Holga is for boys.

  4. tomkiddo
    tomkiddo ·

    @hxloon hahah if you had to choose between these two cameras, diana or holga? :D

  5. hxloon
    hxloon ·

    Oh @tomkiddo you put me in a very difficult spot! I think I choose Diana for now coz can shoot fisheye, 35mm back with sprockets and pinhole. But like you mentioned, Holga never disappoints, the pictures really amaze me like WOW really? From a Holga? It has its own charms ^^

  6. josinuhe
    josinuhe ·

    WOW! Amazing pictures!!! I really wish to see more!!! Congratulations!

  7. tomkiddo
    tomkiddo ·

    @josinuhe thank you! really glad that you liked them :D

  8. josinuhe
    josinuhe ·

    @tomkidoo Your´re welcome! These Holga pictures have been inspiring for me!

  9. tomkiddo
    tomkiddo ·

    @josinuhe really happy that my photos inspired you :) thanks again!

  10. asharnanae
    asharnanae ·

    Beautiful pictures, I especially like the last set, very powerful. I have a Diana, and I love it, I have really never understood why people dislike these cameras so much...... ah well, more fun for those of us that do love them!

  11. tomkiddo
    tomkiddo ·

    @asharnanae thank you! i guess some people are not patient enough to 'tame' their holga or diana. these cameras need a lot of attention! haha will get a diana soon, will like to see these two cameras' differences :)

  12. kolumbia
    kolumbia ·

    Love the last set especially! These are all beautiful!

  13. tomkiddo
    tomkiddo ·

    @kolumbia thank you! :D

  14. dida
    dida ·

    me too! i love my holga 120 cfn ♥

  15. edenhovenga
    edenhovenga ·

    Beautiful photos! That's really exciting that your first experiences with this camera were so fantastic. I especially love the first photo of each set (and the first two of the first set). Your use of lighting and dramatic nature make these photos absolutely stunning.