The black plastic Holga 120N medium format film camera is coming back from the dead this summer


posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 9:30 AM EST


In 1981, the original Holga camera was introduced in China, offering an inexpensive 120 film format camera for a market clamoring for more affordable photography. Only a few years later, however, 35mm film took over the Chinese market and Holga was in trouble. Fortunately, Holga took hold in western markets where people were demanding the all-plastic “toy” camera. In 2001, Holga passed the million cameras sold mark. A decade later, the company celebrated its 30th anniversary. But the Holga 120N camera, a successor to the original Holga 120S, was nowhere to be found.

Gone no longer, the Holga 120N will be making its return this summer for just under US$40. The old molds for the original 120N camera have been tracked down by Freestyle Photographic Supplies and they expect to receive new Holga 120N cameras in early July.


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The Holga 120N plastic medium format camera is not a sophisticated piece of technology, nor is it capable of sharp, near-perfect images. But its simplistic lens – prone to vignette and other issues – is part of its charm.


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Between Kodak bringing Ektachrome back from the dead and the Holga 120N making a return, it appears that film’s resurgence will continue in 2017.

(Via Mirrorless Rumors)