The 35mm back for the Diana F+ has made the world a better place to live in, I have always loved this technique, to be able to have part of world imprinted on the film sprockets is fantastic, to have a kodak of fuji sign on your forehead is also cool!
The 35mm back for the Diana F+ has made the world a better place to live in, I have always loved this technique, to be able to have part of world imprinted on the film sprockets is fantastic, to have a Kodak of Fuji sign on your forehead is also cool! Why to waste that valuable space if you can make your image to be on the whole damn thing? and also, when I do the sprocket shooting, I always get a kind of narrative and sequence feel in my images, because you can actually see which part of the film roll your images occupies, and that’s simply awesome, forget about geo-tagging and metadata, and embrace the sprocket-data era at it’s full!!
I started to use 35mm in medium format cameras with my beloved Holga back in 2004, and though it was really cool, there were some drawbacks for doing 35mm with an Holga. First and most important, you wasted a lot of film, since you needed to count the “clicks” in order to advance the film and the 30 clicks rule of thumb did not work all the time, so usually you got fewer shots than you could, which sometimes led to long imageless gaps in your roll; and on other occasions, to superimposed pics, which is cool, but always unintentional, and there are times in your life when basically you do not want that to happen.
So the advance system in the Diana+ 35mm Back simply rocks and it’s the top of my list for the 35mm back’s really cool features. To be able to have an accurate advance system for this technique is quite awesome. Second of all, unloading. When your film roll is done while using the DIY 35mm technique (with a Diana, Holga or what have you), you need to wait for the night to come, or to go to the lab and beg the lab guy/girl to lend you his “black bag”, (it’s weird to see how lab-folk are emotionally attached to them), or to carry one yourself, which is not so cool. You could also get in a closet, lock yourself in and change and rewind your roll blindly. (Actually I did this on several occasions, on several closets, on two different continents), but again, not so cool, specially in hot summer days. So, to be able to rewind and change your roll on broad daylight really really rocks. These are the two things that absolutely make the 35mm back a gem.
Actually, the only thing I don’t get is the masks you get, because, I mean, what’s the point of shooting 35mm with a Diana if you’re not going to use the sprockets, so I would suggest everyone to simply put all the extra masks in a drawer, and forget that they exist. The second drawback is that the 85mm you get with your Diana by default is not so wide so you can lose filed of view from the top and bottom by shooting 35mm with it, specially self-portraits, so I highly recommend to use it with some Diana wide angle lens, and although that means spending some bucks on another lens, the results are worth it! I mean it!