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Diana Mini: First Encounter

When I got my photos back from the processing lab, I sure as hell did not expect what I got, ha.

When I’d loaded my new Diana Mini, I was still flippin’ out and super excited to start shooting. I had read the instruction manual three times to make sure I didn’t mess anything up.

However, I’d soon find out that the instruction manual may actually have a discrepency. According to the manual, you have to advance the wheel 1/4 turn in half frame mode, and 1/2 turn in square mode. So, I did just that.

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But when I came to the end of my 48 half frames, the roll kept going. I kept wondering what was going on and why it hadn’t stopped yet. I figured that I was probably done with the roll so I just rewound it and put in a new one with 12 exposures, set to square mode.

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The same thing happened, the roll kept going, to almost twice the amount before I decided that the roll was probably used up.

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I got my film developed, and wow….OVERLAPPING GALORE. Of course some of the pictures look cool. But some of them are waaay overlapped. To my surprise, the advancing of 1/4 and 1/2 turn was completely wrong. I found out, (thanks to brommi and rater) that you’re supposed to turn the wheel until it stops after every picture.

Man, do I feel stupid.

So I just wanted to know if I was the only one to make this unfortunate mistake, it would be of some comfort to know that I’m not the only one, ha.

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written by natalieerachel


  1. sergio_m


    Haha nice! also square mode uses normal amount of exopsure (so 24 exp film is 24 not 12 :P)
    p.s. i havent yet load first film into my diana mini, still chilling in the box unopened

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  2. natalieerachel


    Yeah I know haha I had a film roll with only 12 exposures :P
    WHA? Well why not? Even with overlapped pictures, I can tell that it's amazing!

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  3. sergio_m


    lol my bad, dint even know they make 12 exposure films still, and yeah i know its amazing, just waiting for some good occasion to use it (you know, i want first time with girl like diana mini to be special) also been shooting digital lately (bought canon powershot s95 which is now in my pocket all the time) but i started to save up some money and collect piggies for 360° spinner so it wont be long till i'll be rocking the film again hehe

    p.s. did you start doing those 20 things you need to do with diana mini before you die? :D

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  4. brommi


    yeaahh!! I'm mentioned by name ;) :D
    I wish you good luck with the next rolls!! ;)
    greets! julian =)

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  5. angelc5


    Yeh done that and my first roll had a lot of empty gaps where I was talking pictures that didn't have enough light for the mini! I had some super long overlapped time I'll think about it a bit more and see if I can get them to tell a story...

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  6. natalieerachel


    sergio_m: Awesome! All my digital cameras seem to not like me and quit on me :/ I only have a borrowed Canon Rebel xTi from my school.
    Hahaha kinda? I've only done one so far, which is to take it out and walk around with it on my neck. But no one really asked or talked to me about it.

    brommi: of course! And thank you :)

    angelc5: Yeahhhh it feels like you're turning so much film if you turn it till it stops :P I've been trying to do that, hopefully it all works out!

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  7. sergio_m


    Just loaded my Minime with first film (probably thanks you and your blog :P) damn this knob is hard to operate when shooting in half frame mode, don't know if i´m snapping the film or what lol
    anyway heading tomorrow to Niagara Falls, will be spending new years eve there and decided to shoot both digital and analogue (taking with me 5DmkII, Rebel T1i, S95 and Diana it should be fun..and wish me luck with Diana lol)

    p.s. Happy New Year!! :)

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  8. natalieerachel


    NIAGRA FALLS!!!! That's awesome! Have fun dude, I'm jealous! And don't forget your manual icase you need it hahaha.

    Happy new years to you too!

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