I bought a Diana Mini, my first Lomography camera, but I can't seem to get it to work, and now I'm finding it hard to get rid of it!!
I was excited, my first Lomography camera, the Diana Mini, I had spent many hours talking to friends about how excited I was to get one on these babies, when I finally had enough money to buy one, I grabbed my laptop and proceeded to order a Diana Mini, and a ton of film.
A couple of days went by, a lot of time was spent getting up early in the morning just in case it came and I needed to sign for it [no way was I going to let it slip from my fingers in case I couldn’t hear the doorbell!!]
The weekend was fast approaching, and I hoped that it would come before then, because I had to visit my grandparents, and so there would be no one to sign for my camera, I couldn’t bare that.
I popped to the shops for a couple of minutes, to get some milk I believe, when I got back, my mum said that a parcel had come for me! Could it be my new baby?
YES IT WAS!! I let out a little whoop of joy, finally I had a Lomography camera, I would no longer stick out like a sore thumb at the Lomography parties! :D
I carefully opened it, setting aside my new camera to read all the paper inside the box, quick slick through the book, then onto my camera, I grabbed a box of film I had ordered with my camera, and began to load it.
The first time I tried loading it, the sprockets ripped a little, from my research I knew this could happen, so I loaded it again, this time successfully. I took a couple of photos of my mother, something she’s not fond of, after TWO exposures, it got stuck!! My heart started racing, surely I hadn’t broken it already?!
I pressed the film release button, and took the film out, and just left it at home while I got very merry with my family over the weekend.
When I got back home, I tried it again, this time I couldn’t even get the camera to pick up the film. So I jumped on a train with my Diana Mini to London, to go the Lomography Store – London and hope to god that they could do something about it.
When I got there, I explained my problem, and a lovely lady helped load my film, for a moment I could relax, I didn’t feel like such a loser. I didn’t use my camera in London, as it was quite cloudy that day. [Perhaps an omen!]
I had to go into Uni the next day so I thought I’d take it with me, and get some nice photos of my friends, all seemed to be going well until I took THE SECOND photo, and it got stuck again, and wouldn’t wind on!! This time I knew it wasn’t me, it was the camera!!
My love for Lomography was quickly becoming a thing of the past, my Diana Mini just sat on my desk, MOCKING me while all the film I had bought was begging me to use it, but I didn’t want to put it in my SLR as I had a new project coming up, and feared I might be mid-roll but needed it for something else.
Acting quickly I emailed Lomography to ask for help, the conclusion was that I should send it back, but I REALLY didn’t want to pay that much, when I could BUY a Holga 135BC for the same amount of money.
My friend a fellow Lomographer saw my distress and sent me a link to an article about fixing the problem with the Diana Mini, but I’m really not a D-I-Y sort of guy, and would probably do more harm than good!
I thought about seeing if I could return it to the store, but because I bought it online, I’m not sure if they would, and when I asked this in my email it was completely ignored, so I don’t think I can… :( and on Friday it’ll be two weeks after I received it!
So here’s my plea for help, would anyone be willing to take this off my hands for a slightly reduced amount? I live around Heathrow, and I would be very grateful!!!