The Holga first made its debut back in 1982 when a Hong Kong based company began to produce the inexpensive cameras. It was a simple medium format 120 camera that offered ease of use and wonderful unique photos. It was called the ‘ho gwong’ which translates to “very bright”. But Europe put a spin on the name and it simply became known as the Holga.
This camera gained a huge cult following and only seems to grow in popularity. There are clubs and on line communities that are entirely dedicated to the use of this simple camera. Photo exhibits are held world wide that feature artistic work from these fun camera’s. Some people have even been called “Holga obsessed”.
I feel that we need to get back to camera basics and to the true talent of photography. This can only be achieved by taking away the large expensive technical camera’s and the computers that make each image perfect. Photographers need to get back to the basics and the simplicity to truly showcase true works of art. The Holga gives the photographer this advantage. When you take a photo using this simple plastic camera you are using your minds eye to see what the finished product will be like. You are using the talent that so many new photographers truly lack because they rely on digital advantages. To use a Holga is to test your artistic abilities to the limit.
These cameras are timeless, simple and basic. This is their true appeal. They also pack a cheap price tag.
The Holga 120N Medium Format Fixed Focus Camera with Lens retails for between $25.00-$30.00. This is a very reasonable price. It is not a high impact camera. It is simple and made purely of plastic which means it will not hold up to abuse. They will break easily if dropped or accidentally bumped into. This is probably the biggest drawback of this camera but with the cheap price tag you can easily replace the camera.
When you purchase the Holga 120N Medium Format Fixed Focus Camera with Lens you must remember that no two are truly alike. You can buy two of these amazing camera and take a photo with each one of something identical but get two very different pictures. This is the vast appeal. They are each unique and exciting. You will always be anticipating the creations that you can yield with one.
I love the lightness of this camera. It is not like modern camera’s that are a dead weight around your neck. Its easy to carry and you will forget that you even have it on along hike.
This improved Holga features a brass tripod mount which is a nice addition. It also sports a bulb exposure setting and a foam cushion film tensioner. You can also purchase a 6x6cm frame mask for vignette photography which is a unique twist.
I believe that anyone who is serious about trying their hands at photography should seriously consider purchasing the Holga 120N Medium Format Fixed Focus Camera with Lens. It is an excellent camera for the price tag and its fun to use. You will soon be snapping pictures of everything that you see. There is nothing that can explain the excitement of viewing photos that you create with this small simple camera. It will also show you if you truly have the talent for real photography.
Please visit Lomography’s Holga website.