Holga 120 GN: Through The Looking Glass


Every time I think about my Holga, Alice comes into my mind. Maybe because when I take pictures, shots are taken through the glass lens.

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Holga 120 GN is a specified Holga camera that the GN stands for Glass Lens. What’s so special about?

Holga was known for its dreamy capture, dark-cornered frames and lo-fi shots. The cult that started the medium format lomography was this culprit. But for years of expanding dreamy and plastic shots, ideally one gets the idea or notion of taking a Holga shot but with crunchy, focused shots.

Here comes Holga 120 GN. Recently, I just had a Holga CFN, had fun with the internal built-in flash but was looking for a Holga GN. So a friend sold her Holga GN to me because she knows how excited I am. Well, Holga GN pleases my eyes. By giving a break on dreamy images, Holga GN gives you sharp, contrasting and vivid colors by using slide films.

Holga GN looks the same with all the Holga family! Black, sturdy, light-weight medium format camera, this Holga comes with two apertures and two shutter speed settings. What comes here is the hotshoe so now, you can mount the Colorsplash Flash and take colorful pictures together with your camera! I actually don’t need to explain further because we all know the Holga. What features here is that Holga GN has a hotshoe and a glass lens… and that’s why I love it.

written by ethermoon on 2009-01-20 #gear #philippines #review #ethermoon #glass-lens #hotshoe #lomomanila #holga-120gn


  1. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    sharp indeed, me too sometimes tired of the sweet spot, but I have my own ways such as Mu-dan or Diana's Super-Wide lens to escape :)

  2. lonur
    lonur ·

    very interesting entry; loved the shots! i'm still rookie with the holga..

  3. sarahboat
    sarahboat ·

    3, 6, 7, 13 are beautiful shots! Nice job on the shots and the article!

  4. deff1
    deff1 ·

    Great Article! I've Just Ordered one! Can't wait to use it!

  5. hannahbryant_
    hannahbryant_ ·

    I love the second shot.

  6. vincephan
    vincephan ·

    The Holga experience. Surreal, Raw, Real :D

  7. samugtr
    samugtr ·

    Hi ETHERMOON! Great article and beautiful shots! Congrats!
    Of how many iso are the films you use?
    Do you know if and how the lever (with the sun or the cloud) on the lens change aperture or speed?
    Thank you!

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