Lomography Diana Mini - The Surprise of Shooting Forever (staff review)

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The Diana Mini exemplifies the famous "Don't Think Just Shoot" motto. It literally can shoot forever on a roll of 35mm that produces twice more photos (72 photos) than normal format. It totally fits into my environmentally concerned mind that I can shoot at ease without worrying of wasting film...

I usually prefer cameras with sophisticated manual operation and a beautiful body carved out of metal. The all plastic Diana Mini with simple minimal control looks like on the opposite of the spectrum. My hands look too big for this cute little camera anyway. Her highlights include interchangeable half-frame and square format, a 24mm plastic lens that shares the dreamy optic quality of the Diana F+, and it’s a mini size.

With an adventurous spirit I took my first roll of Diana Mini. It wasn’t an exciting roll. Grey cityscape and gloomy weather of Hong Kong didn’t quite fit into the versatility of this little camera. Or perhaps I was too used to the complexity of my favorite Rollei TLR. My photos just don’t resemble those dynamic and colorful photos from the Diana Mini Shoot Forever book. Anyway, I gave it a second try with a different approach, shooting 2 rolls carelessly in one night, the result was so much better!

Basically, I just put on the Diana Flash, and just shot whatever without even looking into the viewfinder, pretty much leaving it up to my instinct and randomness. I found that it’s a great way to capture my friends’ facial expressions which don’t stay there forever. The pictures have this very raw and almost voyeuristic quality that I couldn’t imagine Diana Mini was capable of. The Diana Mini certainly exemplifies the famous “Don’t Think Just Shoot” motto in my case.

This camera can literally shoot forever on a roll of 35mm that produces twice more photos (72 shots) than normal format. Sounds great to my environmentally concerned mind that I can shoot at ease without worrying of wasting film. I also brought this little camera to Taiwan, capturing some good memories there.

written by tattso on 2010-10-26 in #reviews #plastic-lens #square-format #72-shots #half-frame #shoot-forever
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10 Comments

  1. pietrone
    pietrone ·

    i love Diana Mini!!! tried the half frame and a roll really last forever

  2. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    great gallery!

  3. messyourhairup
    messyourhairup ·

    my diana mini is my favourite camera for this reason <3

  4. kontrast
    kontrast ·

    Yep, it is a pretty cool camera.

  5. brommi
    brommi ·

    I ♥ diana mini :) I think everybody loves her!!

  6. rexhibitionist
    rexhibitionist ·

    Great images, love party shots like that. Looks like a lot of people had some fun. Just yesterday I was thinking the same thing... PLEASE LET THIS ROLL END!

  7. ijat_taji
    ijat_taji ·

    hye,im ijat,hye tattso..im new on the lomo camera,i just bought diana mini last a few days,n now im stil wondering how to use all the effect that diana actualy had..can u or somebody teach me or any advicess..my email ijat_t@yahoo.com.....tq

  8. ijat_taji
    ijat_taji ·

    hye,im ijat,hye tattso..im new on the lomo camera,i just bought diana mini last a few days,n now im stil wondering how to use all the effect that diana actualy had..can u or somebody teach me or any advicess..my email ijat_t@yahoo.com.....tq

  9. masako
    masako ·

    great pics!!!! will try as you said: don't think just shoot!
    i love this mini thing soooo much but i am totally mess up with the half frame mode.....
    all the RHS half is black out >/////<

  10. robotmonkey1996
    robotmonkey1996 ·

    random photos are the best...

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