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In the field of photography, the Holga is part of the category of "toy cameras" grouping together the simple and inexpensive film models such as the Diana, the Lubitel, or the Lomo. Over the years new versions have appeared, the most successful being the GCFN, with 2 apertures, a glass lens, an integrated flash, a B mode (bulb) and a tripod mount. Its production stops in China at the end of 2015. In 2017, the Holga 120N made a comeback, after Freestyle Photographic Supplies procured old molds from a disused Chinese factory to restart its manufacture.Why such a success for the HolgaDue to its poor initial quality of manufacture and finish, the body often lets light pass or reflect in various places, producing blurry images with little fidelity, characterized by strong vignetting,distortions, light reflections and other marked loss of sharpness. With a small simple viewfinder without focusing, one or two shutter speeds, a fixed aperture and 4 areas of sharpness to be selected without visual verification, the results are often hazardous and disappointing. The simplistic design, light and basic construction makes each Holga different, making each shot random, offering an estimate that will be more or less successful during film development. It is precisely for these reasons of uncertain rendering and apparent ease of shooting that the Holga has become cult, in particular by producing low-tech, artistic, mysterious, poetic images,enhanced by the use of film and further development possibilities. Its success is also explained by the simple possibilities of adaptation, modification and personalization of the case, making each Holga even more unique and personal. Photographing with a Holga must be done in full awareness, leaving little room for control, requiring to forget the technical aspects by focusing on the image, the framing, the subject, because each shot is a challenge. In our digital age, overwhelmed by the massive production of very crisp and faithful images, which are immediately available, thisallows you to abandon yourself to spontaneity, to the chance of imperfect and surprising shots, to the time of waiting between the shooting and the revelation, to the dreamy magic of the so singular rendering of this fascinating device. Each successful photograph is often a surprise and delivers a unique feeling of having been personally touched by photographic grace.CharacteristicsInitially, the Holga has a shutter speed and an aperture. The lens has a fixed focal length of 60mm. Its initial aperture was fixed at f/11, the most recent versions have been modified to have two apertures, f/8 and f/11. The shutter speed is also fixed, approximately 1/100 of a second. The type of film used is 120 medium format, producing an image format of 6x6 or 4.5x6 centimeters through caches. It can be modified to accept 135 film in 24x36 millimeter format.RecommendationsWhich films to useAll 120 films can be used, but be careful with films that are too thin, which have an annoying tendency to roll up badly and relax.For the sensitivity, the 400 ISO negative black and white is more tolerant to exposure variations and therefore easier to use in various light conditions.ISO 100 films should only be used in strong sunlight, in spring and summer when the sun is direct and high in the sky.My favorite films are KODAK TRI-X or T-MAX 400, or ILFORD HP5 or DELTA 400.Using 120 filmThe medium-format 120 film, positive or negative, black and white or color must be handled with care, the latter not being inserted in a protective cartridge like the 135 (35 or 24x36 mm). Only an opaque paper tape comprising frame numbers for different formats and film start marks is wound behind the film and protects the film along the entire length. The film 120 is wound up on an axis comprising at the 2 ends of the discs making it possible to guide the film but also to ensure the tightness against the light, which obliges to stretch the film to ensure a winding tight and