Holga and Diana: What Are Their Differences And Which One Is Better?

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Credits: tomkiddo

I want to get into medium format photography and I think it would be good to start with a Holga or a Diana. I am actually more into Holga, but I want to give Diana a chance. So in your opinion, which camera is better? What are their differences? I am so confused!

P.S. I’ve already got the Holga 135BC and it’s a great camera! I don’t have a Diana Mini, though. That’s why I can’t tell their differences.

written by tomkiddo on 2012-04-04

28 Comments

  1. aprilrich427
    aprilrich427 ·

    i personally like my holga much better- people on here have amazing pictures taken with their diana's however all the pictures ive ever taken with my diana F+ turn out terrible! I recommend the holga

  2. ohpleasedontgo
    ohpleasedontgo ·

    I don't have a Diana. But I can say that I love my Holga. Also from the pictures I have seen so far in this community I like the Holga pictures much more than the Diana pictures! Besides the pictures she takes, I think that Holga herself is much more beautiful than Diana.

  3. pinkpix
    pinkpix ·

    I also prefer my Holga <3
    ( www.lomography.com/magazine/reviews/2011/11/30/holga-135-bc… )

  4. rajvanshi
    rajvanshi ·

    I think its like comparing apples and peaches. Both are different fruits ,which look and taste different. At any time you want to eat an apple , you cant have a peach and be satisfied. Similarly Holga and Diana are two different camera's with very different things to offer. Their results can never be the same. Also its about understanding the camera and using it well. Both can be very nice. Please read up in depth about both before making a decision. Analyse the effects both produce, and the flexibility one provides over the other. You will find your answer.

  5. atria007
    atria007 ·

    i dont know why but i prefer holga..i think that for u can choose 2 format 8)

  6. clare_eee
    clare_eee ·

    I also prefer the Holga because the images are sharper than a Diana's... but for some people thats the pull... If you want a little more blurry/romantic feel to your photos, you should try the Diana... ^^ But I would definitely get a Holga... ^^

  7. has
    has ·

    I choose the Diana because you get lots of different opportunities with all the different lenses, and the two different backs. and you have more apertures to choose from too. And you can also use it as a pinhole camera. I think its a great camera, but i also want to try the Holga. Thats my opinion. :)

  8. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Or you could just save up piggies and get both and see for yourself :)

    Haha but I think I would choose my Holga too, even though I love my Diana.

  9. mensa
    mensa ·

    I just love my Diana, I also had a go at a Holga once. In my opinion the Diana takes "dreamier" photos, which is what i like.

  10. noe_arteaga
    noe_arteaga ·

    Started with a Holga and it broke in less than 30 days. Been shooting with my Diana F+ ever since. Though I loved the photos I've taken with my now deceased Holga, the charm of the Diana always brings me back to it. I't s a lot less temperamental than any Holga I've come across. There are TONS more options for the Diana in terms of accessories, but I tend to use regular 120 and 75mm lens it comes with. My first roll wasn't spectacular, but after a couple of rolls, the Diana is definitely my go-to camera and I always have one loaded with me! I've even used the Fritz the Blitz with 100 speed film in my Diana and it exposes beautifully. and that shutter lock helps a ton when doing long exposures!

  11. laurasulilly
    laurasulilly ·

    Since all the rolls I ran through my Diana were either blank or underexposed, and since I need both contrast and sharpness for my handmade 18x24 B&W prints, I'd def. chose my Holga. I dropped it so many times, as I usually do with all my stuff (which is why I could never have a smartphone,hehe), and it's still working perfectly well. And I like the fact that it's got less accessoires because it keeps you from changing too much and focussing on the simple and basic features which come along with the Holga!

  12. rik041
    rik041 ·

    take a holga

  13. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    I like the form factor and operation of the Holga better. However, I think they both take excellent pictures and I own multiple examples of each.

  14. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    i prefer a Holga over Diana. But since you have a Holga135, why not give it a try on Diana instead? ;)

  15. djramsay
    djramsay ·

    i cant decide either, I think i'll get the Jack White Holga

  16. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    I love them both equally :D

  17. onemadfabgirl
    onemadfabgirl ·

    i'm a beginner who owns both a Diana F+ and a Holga135BC. I personally find the Holga easier to use, the Diana can be quite difficult to operate the first time round. I had some trouble with the film my first time shooting with it. I say give both a try and decide after :)

  18. oldtimer-rfh
    oldtimer-rfh ·

    I sell cameras,for 40 years now,buy the Holga. Better made and much sharper lens and very simple to use. You should be able to take beautiful photos. Have fun!

  19. gauthierdumonde
    gauthierdumonde ·

    I have a Holga 120 and it's lovely, I own it for more than five years and it never let me down, it give great pics time after time. I just ordered the Diana F+, so next week I can compare. But it is as Rajvanshi said: it's comparing apples to peaches. I use many different lomo-camera's and old cheap camera's I get at flea markets. Every camera has its own pro's and cons, its own little quirks and faults and lightleaks wich make them so special. So now I am looking forward to the Diana :)

  20. camielioo
    camielioo ·

    Diana F+ :) for the careless dreamers among us !

  21. le_ors
    le_ors ·

    Diana Mini works well when you want to take a lot of pictures, this half frame opportunity is what we're all looking for when going out for some pictures. Holga 135BC (I own one) is a lovely way to rediscover how to make pictures, it's 47mm so you have to adapt and this adaptation takes like 5 rolls (in my experience, maybe i'm a bit slow) with Diana Mini is 22mm so it gets easier but also tricky when your object of lomographic desire is too far away.
    I like them both and I think we should have one of these (Diana Mini and Holga 135BC) or both of them :)

  22. jodiekittyrobot
    jodiekittyrobot ·

    I love the Holga 135bc, for it's ease of use and photo results, but I also love diana f+ for the dreamy, beautiful photos it creates, I don't think either is better they both have their own little advantages, but I suppose it all comes down to personal choice in the end. I know for one I tend to use the holga much more because the film and processing is a ton cheaper than the 120mm film/processing, as for photos I think holga gives better shots, diana is more hit and miss - but once you get to learn to use it I suppose that would be different.. I am yet to get my first diana mini film developed, but I hope to fall in love with that one too.

  23. superkulisap
    superkulisap ·

    Holiana [Holga + Diana] lol

    I have both Holga 120N and Diana F+, and I will choose Holga over Diana. Try them both and I'm sure you'll also have the same decision as mine. :)

  24. lubiolg82
    lubiolg82 ·

    It's a difficult choose if you have not tried anyone before, but based on my (little) experience i can tell you that Holga is better than Diana without any doubt ... in any case choose a camera it's a personal affair ... i'm in love with Holga much than Diana .... and choose it...
    Give us a feedback on which camera you have choosed... bye

  25. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Holga!! :)

  26. gauthierdumonde
    gauthierdumonde ·

    Eleven days ago I agreed to the statement that is comparing apples to peaches. But I started thinking (ouch that hurts) and in fact it is not abnormal to compare them as they have a lot in commom (Diana F+ and Holga120). They are both low budget poorly built medium format Chinese camera's having small apertures, a fixed shutter time and a bulb setting and plastic lenses. As said above by others the Diana gives dreamier pics. So when I go to a party, I take the Holga colourflash when I shoot early moring landscape I use the Diana.

    What I don't like about the Diana F+ is the place of the N-B switch, it's on top of the lens and very loose. So it happens often that I switch it without knowing. On the Holga it's sturdy and on the bottom of the Lens.

    What I don't like about the Holga is the Back. I have to tape it otherwise it comes loose during shooting, exposing and ruining the film. The Diana has a much better locking system.

    Greetz Gauthier

  27. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    The expert said "The best camera is the one that you have". The name of the expert is Arbain Rambey

  28. 75er
    75er ·

    I'm using a Holga 135 TLR and Diana Mini.
    Holga pics look pretty normal, beautiful and clean, no matter if I take pictures in the sunshine or at a dark nightclub. The camera allways produces 36 usable pictures.
    Diana Mini is a bit of a diva. She needs a lot of light for a good picture. You can choose your prefered frame format and the results sometimes look more than art sometimes. Used it for partyshots a few weeks ago with Fritz the blitz and these were some of the nicest pictures I took over the last few years.
    So my Holga 135 TLR is a sureshot for clean pictures and composing shots with the viewfinder.
    The Diana Mini is a lot of fun, perfect for point and shot snapshots and more sureal art pictures.
    With the Holga and its viewfinder I allways know what comes out, but when I pick up my roll from the Diana it's allways a big surprise.