Posted by: Sarah Keogh | July 7, 2008

Square Format Love

Generally photos are of a rectangle shape – but it doesn’t have to be that way! Go out and find yourself a Holga! Holga takes Medium Format Film (or 120mm), allowing a Square Format instead.
Since its creation in 1982 there are a few variations on the theme, and I’m hoping to explain and review all of them at some stage. But today I’m going to continue with my own personal experiences. I currently own a Holga CFN:

The Holga CFN has a cool colour flash including red, blue and yellow. It has ‘N’ mode for Normal Point and Shoot, as well as ‘B’ mode allowing the shutter to stay open for as long as you hold the button down – this is great for night shots (a tripod and cable release may help with minimising the blur). Light Leaks and grainy photos are the main trademark of these toys.


  • Size: 22cm (8.65in) x 17,5cm (7in) x 9,5cm (3.75in)
  • Weight: 730g (1.6lb)
  • Format: all 120 medium format film (color negative, slide, b&w)
  • Lens: Plastic 60mm, f/8
  • Focus: manual zone focus with four distance settings
  • Aperture settings: f/8, f/11
  • Shutter speeds: 1/125, “B“

Website Links:
Lomography Shop

NOTE: Don’t Forget To Remove The Lens Cap! You will just take a blank photo!

I’m still learning all the fun things you can do with a Holga, but I will update this blog as I learn them. So stay tuned!


  1. i have a camera like that
    i love film
    film film film

    check out my blog

  2. Your blog is great! I’ll read more when I’m not hiding from my boss at work!

    you should send me one of your pics for lomo shot of the day!
    It’s if you’re interested.

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