This big boy is the real heavy-hitter, a medium format Pinhole camera in the original full-size Holga body. There’s no need for a lens, as a tiny pinhole on the front of the camera will be your only conduit for light. Due to its small size, every shot is a long exposure – from 1 second in sunlight to several hours on a dark night. Images are extremely soft focus and dreamlike – any moving subject is rendered as a ghostly blur – and a nearly endless depth of field puts both the foreground and background in relative focus. Its use of medium format film ensures the sharper images, deep colors, and rich detail that only 120 emulsions can provide.
- Size: 6" x 3.75" x 3" (15 x 8.5 x 77.5cm)
- Weight: 6oz (170g)
- Format: all 120 medium format film (color negative, slide, b&w)
- Lens: Ain’t no lens here!
- Focus: Absolutely focus-free (again, no lens!)
- Approximate aperture: f/192
- Shutter speed: “B" setting (shutter stays open for as long as you press the button)
- Uncoupled advance & shutter release for multiple & partial exposures
- Standard tripod thread
- Medium format processing to be done at any pro photo lab
Holga 120 Pinhole Features
Pinhole Image System
This boxy little guy creates an image using a tiny pinhole rather than a lens. Given this old-school technology, there are a few important characteristics to note: Every exposure will be a long exposure (2 seconds to 30 min or longer!)
- No focusing is required
- Your image will be soft-focus, dreamy, and absolutely unique
- Nearly unlimited depth of field renders both close & far objects in relative focus
- Any subject moving at all will be blurred or invisible
Uncoupled Advance and Shutter
After you shoot an image, you can choose to advance it one full frame or not advance at all. This feature allows you to shoot limitless times on the same frame (multiple exposures). You can also advance it only part of the frame – allowing you to shoot a partial exposure or a stretched out and overlapping Holga panorama. Hooray!
Standard Tripod & Thread
Fit a tripod onto the bottom to keep your camera steady during those long pinhole exposure times
Radiant 120 Medium Format Film
Using a pinhole will always result in a soft and low-resolution image. Therefore, the larger your film format, the sharper and stronger your image will be. Although 35mm can produce very nice results for normal prints (4x6”, 10x15cm), you’ll need 120 to enlarge past that point and still have a vibrant, colorful image. You’re going to love the awesome detail and deep, deep colors!