Standing at a Lomographic Fork in the Road

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Credits: gnarlyleech
I know a have asked a lot of people their opinions but I really need some help. I was saving all my piggies for an LC-A+ with instant back, but that will take a really long time. I currently have my eye on the Diana F+ and instant back or the 35mm back. I have not worked with medium formant pictures yet and 120 looks like a fun adventure. The pictures the Diana makes really makes me want one. I am also looking at the Sprocket Rocket which I heard is the same as shooting 35mm pano on the Diana.
Credits: gnarlyleech

Things are looking really cloudy for me guys. I really need a lot of your opinions on this. The LC-A+ is the staple camera of Lomography. But it is gonna take me a long time to get enough piggies for that.

I feel like a one eyed cat. What should I do?
Credits: gnarlyleech

written by gnarlyleech on 2010-11-04

16 Comments

  1. eskimofriend
    eskimofriend ·

    the lc-a is even worth spending real money on it! but you should get a diana too, she's so flexible and so much fun!!

  2. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    When in doubt, buy them all. :D I would go for the LCA first if you can swing it but the Sprocket Rocket would be my first choice if you want to keep the budget down. Way more fun than the Diana IMO.

  3. pussylove
    pussylove ·

    I have no LCA but a Diana with 35mm back and I believe this is the most flexible option.
    The pictures I get with 35mm back and sprocket holes visible are really comparable to pix I see from the Sprocket Rocket... Then you can still switch to medium format... Love my Diana!

  4. azzzy
    azzzy ·

    In the long run, LCA is one camera worth having

  5. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    well, if you can't have enough piggies for the LCA+ (the "must have" of course), I really recommend to get a Diana+ as it's cheaper but also because you cann add a lot of accessories to the Diana+ (even progressively) to shoot 120 with 4 different kind of lenses, to add the 35mm back and the instant back, there's also the cable release tool, the camera bag... so if you buy a Diana+ you can be sure to add some more things to it in time and explore a lot of complementary universes of the Diana+ world....

  6. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    well, if you can't have enough piggies for the LCA+ (the "must have" of course), I really recommend to get a Diana+ as it's cheaper but also because you cann add a lot of accessories to the Diana+ (even progressively) to shoot 120 with 4 different kind of lenses, to add the 35mm back and the instant back, there's also the cable release tool, the camera bag... so if you buy a Diana+ you can be sure to add some more things to it in time and explore a lot of complementary universes of the Diana+ world....

  7. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    oh, and of course you can make pinhole shots as well with the Diana... isn't that a flexible camera? ;))

  8. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    oops, sorry for the double response...

  9. pussylove
    pussylove ·

    I agree with Vicuna: I have Diana F+ and 35mm back, instant back, fish eye lens*, close up, 55mm, 110mm telephoto and each time it's like different camera... ^.^

    *The only thing is that I found that the lenses give good effect on original medium format 120mm but so so with 35mm back...

    I just bought a Lubitel 166+, will see how...

  10. elletra
    elletra ·

    I love my diana, it was my first analog and lomo, and it will always have a special place in my heart, but the lc-a+ will take some of the most amazing photos you'll ever see! you have to get both at some point, but before you decide which to get first, you need to take into account where you can get 120 film developed, the fact that in the long run the diana will cost more in film/development and that the diana gets cumbersome with the different backs, not like the pocket friendly (pun intended) lc-a+. Ultimately you should go with your gut, you have been wanting an lc-a+ for a while now right?

  11. mightymouse
    mightymouse ·

    I would save up for the LC-A and get the Diana for christmas

  12. gnarlyleech
    gnarlyleech ·

    @eskimofriend If I had real money I would instantly buy an LC-A+. LOL
    @vicuna Thanks for the advice. I know you have been at this for a long time so I really respect your opinion. If I can hold out long enough, I will save my piggies for an LC-A+. But I can't promise I won't buy a Diana if I just can't hold out. lol.
    @pussylove I have been wanting to buy my own scanner, and then I will start processing my own film. So I could do 120 and not loose too much money (I hope). Have fun with your Lubitel
    @elletra yeah I know you are probably right. I have some itchy fingers and its easy to fill up my cart with lots of cool stuff at the Lomography online shop. lol. I really need to save for the LC-A+. My Olympus XA2 is cool but the LC-A+ can do so much more stuff.
    @mightymouse @clickiemcpete If my articles would instantly get published I would have a ton of piggies and I could buy both of them right now. I have some really good tipsters still waiting to be published.
    @azzzy paired up with Agfa CT, It can make some amazing shots from what I see. I used to have an older LC-A (not +) but the shutter would stick so I got rid of it.

  13. amor44
    amor44 ·

    I see a few people concerned about the cost of developing120 film. I'm not sure how many people know this, but Wal-Mart (believe it or not) will process a roll of 120 film for about $2.50.

    My lack of dark room access or local photolabs left me a little desperate, but a quick internet search pointed me toward Wal-Mart. I know it doesn't sound very classy, but it gets the job done. The only downside is they send it out, so it takes about a week and a half to get your film back (and you can't do anything "fancy" like cross processing). Small price to pay for the small price of $2.50.

  14. amor44
    amor44 ·

    I actually just told the story of my first Holga (and my first Wal-Mart experience) on my own blog:
    www.lomography.com/homes/amor44/blog/217-misadventures-at-t…

    Holga has it's perks but ,looking back on it, sometimes I wish I'd gotten a Diana.

  15. tskotcher
    tskotcher ·

    Go for the Diana for now! don't let those piggies expire! the Diana has so many accessories you will have tons of fun until you can afford the LC-A+

  16. reneg88
    reneg88 ·

    you know what... i honestly think you should wait until you have enough piggies for the LC-A+. Because you will eventually end up getting it, and it saddens me to say, but i got a holga 135 bc and a diana f+ deluxe kit because i couldn't afford the lc-a+ and then ended up getting the lc-a+ and now i barely ever use the holga and diana because of the lc-a+.... so... yeah... that's my take.