June 5, 2019 / By tracy mikulec / In Film Tips and Reviews,Lomography,Photo Lab Blog

Lomo LC-A 120 v Holga 120N

Lomo LC-A 120 vs. Holga 120N

We compare two Lomo cameras – The $400+ LC-A 120 and a Holga 120N which can be found for under $50. See how they compare.


The Holga is a fully mechanical, 6×6 medium format toy camera that is made of 99% plastic, including its 60mm fixed f/8 lens. It has 4 zone focus distances, a fixed 1/100th shutter speed, and you can pick one up for $50 or less. The LC-A 120, on the other hand, is nearly $400 more but you get more too. It has a 38mm Minigon lens with an aperture range of f/4.5 – f/16; an auto meter with 100 to 1600 iso range; 4 zone focusing distances; and a multiple exposure setting. The LC-A 120’s meter makes it much more versatile and its glass optics produce much sharper images than the Holga does.  The side-by-side comparisons are captured on Portra 400 and processed at The Darkroom Lab —we’d love to hear what you think!

4 responses to “Lomo LC-A 120 v Holga 120N”

  1. Definitely the LC-A 120, but then again how can one resist the classic Holga look of the 120N. I heard the LC-A 120 was difficult to load. That true?

  2. Chad says:

    I’ve been shooting with the Lomo LC-A 120 for 4.5 years and it is not that hard to load once you know how. The trickiest part, perhaps, is getting the full film spool into the camera, but you just need to make sure the bevel on the bottom pin (which holds the film in place) is pointed towards you. Then you line up the top of the film spool with the top pin and push in the roll with a small amount of force. The bottom pin is spring loaded and drops down via a plastic switch to allow the film to be loaded.

  3. Parisarm23 says:

    Those lifted shadows in the first image, from the Holga look sooo good…but the rich contrast in the 6th image (one with the yellow umbrella) from the LC-A look amazing too. It’s hard to say seems they are both great cameras, each with there own unique flaws and benefits!

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