Diana Mini's big issue!


I just discovered my Diana Mini has a big issue.. what I see in the viewfinder is not AT ALL what I photograph, so every photo I take is completely cropped at the sides (sometimes the left one and sometimes the right one).

Do you have any problem like that, or it is just mine that has it? What should I do? Because I don’t know how to solve it on my own, as it crops either the right and the left side.

written by attelid on 2012-03-24


  1. icomewhenieatcaponata
    icomewhenieatcaponata ·

    what you see in the viewfinder is the 60% of what you get in the picture..more or less and it changes depending on what format are you using on your diana mini..
    you can just look into the viewfinder and then raise the camera a little bit:)
    when i used this camera, such as other camera like this, i took pictures without looking into the viewfinder!

  2. icomewhenieatcaponata
    icomewhenieatcaponata ·

    but if your problem are the edges, that is a big issue!:)

  3. attelid
    attelid ·

    sì il problema sono i lati, non la parte di sopra! Quando mi sono resa conto del problema ho fatto delle prove praticamente con il metro, mettendo la macchina fotografica al centro rispetto ai mobili di casa e scattando senza proprio guardare, e me le ha tagliate ai lati..sono abbastanza disperata!

  4. maxwellmaxen
    maxwellmaxen ·

    it is absolutely clear that you can not rely on that viewfinder. the only real, completely usable and reliable fievwinders are the ones from slrs. the viewfinder of the mini is above the level of the real lens, this is visible. it is a bit off center, so if you look through the view finder, you do not get, what the lens gets. the viewfinder for lomos are jokes anyways, i barely use them ;)
    a lot more accurate is getting a feel of how much a lens gets and then take your camera in front of you on hip-level. aim the lens the directino and angle you want and snap. this perspective is mostly nicer anyways ;)
    you can't even count on the viewfinder of a lubi, because it is twin lens. this means the viewfinder is a bit altered to what will get on the film.
    a little thing you can go with is: do not try to fill the complete picture with the most important. give it a bit room for the borders. you won't get the picture as close as you want to, but you will get it more complete.
    i am sorry for my confused stuff, if you need more infos, hit me up, i've been using my mini for more than two years and have a fair amount of experience in about everything with it :)

  5. attelid
    attelid ·

    @maxwellmaxen thank you so much, at least because now I know there's nothing I can do ;) I think the best thing is to leave more space at the borders, as you said, so that I can crop the picture later, after scanning it :)