Diana Mini Review by OuroborosX

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My review and gallery of Diana Mini photos.

Where do I even begin to explain the awesomeness of this little camera. First of all, let’s start with her style. Diana Mini is simply adorable. When I got the first sample to shoot with, I tried to keep the camera on the downlow, because I knew that when people saw her they’d get a little too excited to keep her a secret. When I showed the camera to the girls at work, they started squealing… no joke. It’s just too cute to see this little camera that looks like a big camera… it’s like the big camera’s baby, if that makes any sense. Add the flash to the Diana Mini and the cuteness just goes through the roof.

But this is a camera review, not a fashion show, right? Well, looks are where Diana Mini’s size ends, because when it comes to shooting, this camera packs a serious punch. We have all heard the wonders of the two formats, square and half-frame, and no joke, that’s just an awesome combo. You can switch formats mid-roll, which seriously rules. You can also completely ignore the stops (well, not completely—don’t plow through the stops because you could break your camera). You can shoot continuous panoramic, because each time you release the shutter, it resets the stops. So shooting on square mode, your stops can be shorter than the camera stops, and thus the Dianarama effect can be achieved very easily.

Also, let’s not forget that you have some nice control with this camera. You can shoot two aperture settings, and normal and bulb for those long exposures. And of course, let’s never forget multiple-exposure. This little beauty handles them like a giant.

Loading the film is simple, and when she’s packed with a juicy roll of 35mm xpro film, she just seems happy. Solid, tight, sexy, ready for anything. She fits in your pocket, in your bag under a book (sometimes I reach deep into my Sidekick bag and I can barely find her because she’s hiding under another camera).

And then there is that awesome click. I have to say, I have never shot with a camera with a more satisfying shutter release than the Diana Mini. Wait till you try it, you’ll see.

All in all, this is a MAJOR addition to the Lomography camera collection. Truly a must have camera. Get ready to be enchanted by Diana Mini.

Check out some of my first photos. Hope you enjoy.

written by ouroborosx on 2009-08-21 in #reviews #liad #diana #diana-mini #review #ouroborosx #half-frame

15 Comments

  1. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    The little camera that just keeps shooting.

  2. coca
    coca ·

    i want one!!!

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    already bought one, can't wait to have it my hands!!! :)))

  4. ilovemydiana
    ilovemydiana ·

    next day air?

  5. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    i want one too!

  6. saviorjosh
    saviorjosh ·

    the huge gallery illustrates how powerful and versatile the little camera can be.
    especially love the b&w portraits.

  7. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    yammie review :)

  8. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    wow- what a gallery... so many shots and all so different! am excited to have it my my hands, soon, to try it!!!

  9. laineyrocks
    laineyrocks ·

    just ordered one, WOOHOO!

  10. lomollete
    lomollete ·

    I love shot No. 223

  11. annegreat
    annegreat ·

    How do the photo labs handle the films? Do they check where they have to cut the prints when there are half frame photos and square photos on one roll?

  12. ouroborosx
    ouroborosx ·

    each photo, whether it's half-frame or square frame takes up a full frame of 35mm film... so it can be put into the automatic machines without a problem. you get black space around your square photos that way, but they are of course quite simple to crop out.

  13. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    am I dreaming?

  14. stouf
    stouf ·

    Yooo good job !!!

  15. laineyrocks
    laineyrocks ·

    i just got mine in the post, can't wait to load some film and take some photos

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