Like many test rolls with a new camera you are not yet familiar with, my first roll of film on my Diana Mini was a disaster! What salvaged it was the colors I got out of the Lomography Color Negative 100 film I used.
The first time I tried Lomography Color Negative 100 film was also the first time I tried my new Diana Mini. Like many test rolls, it was a disaster! I had problems loading it, I had overlapping photos, I unloaded it too early wasting a bunch of film, and not being familiar with the Diana Mini. What I got was too many blurry shots!
I had always been apprehensive about using 100 ISO film on my plastic toy cameras. I use it on my Pentax ME Super which gives me a lot more apperture and shutter speed control. But I had never tried it on one of my toy cameras. So, when I read on my Diana Mini instruction manual that the symbols on the camera (Sunny and Cloudy appertures) were calibrated for 100 ISO film, I decided to give Lomography CN 100 a go as my first test roll.
Like I said, I had so many problems along the way while getting to know the camera’s quirks and learning how to work with them and I wasted a lot of film and had way too many blurry shots (so bear with me here as the photos in this review aren’t very good!).
What really saved me from total disappointment were the colors (especially the blue skies) the film yielded.
The colors really do pop out; check out the blue on this street sign and the red on the train.
Also, the greens came out so bright and lovely:
Because I was so apprehensive about using 100 ISO film on a plastic toy camera wich doesn’t allow for much control I ended up being too cautious and choosing the cloudy apperture many times when it was actually sunny but I thought maybe the subject I was photographing wasn’t getting enough sun. I think that led me to overexpose a few shots.
So don’t be afraid of using 100 ISO film on your Diana Mini and sticking to using the apperture your camera recommends according to the symbols on it.
It is great for double expsoures (the second one was a huge accident but I like how it came out)
And I also loved shooting long exposures, outside and inside:
It is a very good film and if used properly it will not disappoint you! I’ve already loaded another roll of Lomography CN 100 film on my Diana Mini and hopefully this time around I will get it right with the camera and will be able to use this great film to it’s full potential!
Use Lomography Colour Negative 100 35mm film and you’ll be guaranteed images dripping with vivid colours, smooth grain, and fine resolution. Paired with a flash or under bright sunlight, this film will deliver breathtaking results. See our selection of Lomography films here.