Diana Mini - A Test Run by Adam Scott


Sometimes there are friends that you can say are an honour to know. Sometimes there are cameras that you can say are an honour to own. The Diana Mini IS that camera!

Note from the Editor:
Adam used a special technique called Light Leaking for this review. This is great! You do not have to do this, your Diana Mini will provide you regular soft tone photos as we are used from other Diana products. If you want to do some light leaking, read Adams “How To” below.

I was asked to have a little test run of the Diana Mini before release. When it arrived in the post I screamed like a little girl who has just been given the entire My Little Pony Set. Within seconds I was out with the camera loaded with 35mm film! The Diana Mini is a little plastic gem that fits in the palm of your hands and has tons of creative capabilities. It’s also the first half-frame camera in the Lomography family!

Half-frame cameras shoot twice as many shots on 35mm for the same price to process. With the Diana Mini you’ll be able to shoot up to 72 shots on one roll! One of my favourite features is the multi-frame switch that allows you to change from square to rectangular. With the square mode you will only be able to shoot the standard 36 shots, in rectangular up to 72!
The Diana Mini is also compatible with the Diana f+ flash which is nearly the same size of the camera itself!

Shooting with the Diana Mini is so easy, aside from the size that makes it easy to take anywhere; the Diana Mini has just two simple switches; N and B for Normal or Bulb exposures and a Sunny/Cloudy Switch. The B switch allows you to take long nighttimes exposures or leave the shutter open after firing the flash at night to burn in some ambient light. If you want crisp and sharp images you can use the tripod mount and cable release.
Let’s not forget that it’s also possible to shoot multiple-exposures and overlap frames for abstract panoramas!

  • Shoot fast and forever
  • Never the same thing twice so you get better “half-frame stories”
    *Get close! The Diana Mini shoots from 0.6m!
    *Keep your eye on the N and B switch to make sure it’s never on B during the day
    *Take a blank shot before changing the frame mode on the same roll of film.
  • Don’t forget to take the lens cap off before shooting!!!

A big tip!

Light Leak generator: I love light leaks and love finding them accidentally in my Diana+. As the Diana Mini takes 35mm it was essential that the back wouldn’t let ANY light in so to get light leaks I cheated. When the camera was loaded I would sometimes open the back and slide it down a few Millimetres for less than a second before closing it again. This worked well to create some nice unpredictable effects. Then I took things one step further. With a 1mm drill piece I made two holes on the back and then covered them with black tape occasionally opening and closing them. This worked well also!

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written by polt on 2009-08-19 in #news


  1. cruzron
    cruzron ·

    dun dun dunnnnn...

  2. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    i dont want one - I NEEEEEEEEEEED one!

  3. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    I'm preparing to bid my piggies a fond farewell...

  4. mattydk
    mattydk ·

    cool beans!

  5. mijonju
    mijonju ·


  6. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Broke my piggy bank. This thing is on order.

  7. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    i want one!!!! dammit!

  8. stouf
    stouf ·

    Good job adam !

  9. adamscott
    adamscott ·

    seriously guys just get hold of this camera!

  10. klingsor
    klingsor ·

    great test! congrats adam

  11. maddyoulook
    maddyoulook ·

    want so much

  12. lomollete
    lomollete ·

    Looks wicked cool

  13. werdle
    werdle ·

    it has made me buy one, i LOVED the images, come and play cameras with me!

  14. smadjam
    smadjam ·

    Im just about to order one. Love image 6. it's PRIMARK ;) lool

  15. golfpunkgirl
    golfpunkgirl ·

    hi adam :) nice tip about drilling holes in the back!

  16. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    amazing, i want one~!!!!

  17. nural
    nural ·

    I didn't receive my Diana F+ yet and already want one of these!!!!

  18. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    wow - almost everyone wants to have a piece of this.. ME TOO! =)

  19. moochie_lomo
    moochie_lomo ·

    I'm especially interested in the multi-exposure panoramic shots the D+Mini can do! They look very cool and . . . think of the possibilities!

  20. popcornflex
    popcornflex ·

    trop balèèèèèèze!

  21. ndroo
    ndroo ·

    Just got mine. It's super cute!!!

  22. andyzz
    andyzz ·

    Wanna have one for my birthday gift, If somebody give me ha ha!

  23. cyanwater
    cyanwater ·

    I love light leaks!

  24. checkforzombies
    checkforzombies ·

    I read another review where the reviewer claimed 'the back doesnt fit properly' and the film advance twisty spiky bit ripped the film as well as the wings to switch to half frame broke. Is any of this common?

  25. 11041987
    11041987 ·

    I'm so addicted to lightleaks .. I've been editing my ordinary photos to get some lightleaks effects using photoshop .. I got mini Diana now .. and it's time to get some real lightleaks ..

    but I have a question .. in which part in the back exactly did you dig the holes ?!

    thank you .. :)

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