Love at First Lomo: How I Fell in Love with Holga


My first analogue camera was a Holga 120 CFN. I was intrigued by medium format, as it was new to me and at the time, I didn’t really know it still existed in the non professional world. So when I saw this camera I had to have it. I wanted to experiment with it for its basic point and shoot ability. It’s a bulky camera, but that’s what I loved about it. It looked sturdy and looked like it could take on anything! So I asked for one for Christmas back in 2010, and that’s when it all started.

Since then, I now own about 25 cameras, have a fridge full of film, and run and design an online book called Lomo Lovers. I like to think that the trusty beast of the Holga has everything to to with my revived love of analogue photography. So here’s to you Holga you beast and your beauty!

From the beginning, my Holga has been an essential camera to take on trips. I’ve had the odd hit and misses with shots, but I don’t think it’s her fault. It’s all down to experimentation, so I expect some bad shots now and again. I was going to show my first shots and how I have improved over the last few years, but looking back my first few rolls weren’t actually that bad… pretty much all of them were in focus (because the focus is really simple and in your view when you look down). I have noticed that my approach and eye for a good picture has improved, but I put this down to general experience with the camera and lomography not the camera itself.

So instead, I’m going to show 10 great things you do with the Holga, the experimentations are endless and I still have so many more things to try… this is why I love you so much…

1. Great with creating multiple exposures

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2. Perfect vignetting

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3. It loves black and white film

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4. Easy to create montages

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5. You can create cool long exposures

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7. You can create holgaramas)

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8. The built in colour flash

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9. Put a 35mm film in and you get panoramic sprockets

10. Or just use it for straightforward shots

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So if you are looking for a camera that does 120mm, 35mm, panoramic, sprockets, vignetting, and has a flash, then you can’t go wrong with the Holga 120CFN! It’s definitely my first love and will always be.

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written by nicnocnoo on 2012-02-28 #lifestyle #medium-format #120mm #holga-120-cfn


  1. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Great, Holga is a all-time camera. like a combination of many lomo cameras put in one....<:)

  2. jeffr
    jeffr ·

    superb article! love the photos too!

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