Though in sight, it was temporarily out of mind. Ironically enough it is the camera that started it all for me, that got out of mind: my Diana F+.
It has always been hit and miss for me with this camera, but mostly miss. This the first analogue camera I ever owned and it ignited my love for analogue photography. That is probably also the reason I have kind of neglected this camera for a long while, because I was so eager to explore more cameras. My collection expanded rapidly and eventually this camera got on the back burner.
Another reason for this is probably because I didn’t get the results I was hoping for initially. Mind you, this was my very first analogue camera. Before this, I was only used the automatic exposure and automatic focus of digital cameras. I didn’t know this camera would take some time to master. But as I built my collection and started experimenting with other cameras, it dawned on me that some analogue cameras take some more time getting used to and require more practice than others. But as I started to realize this, other cameras enjoyed priority.
The biggest problem for me is not with getting the exposure right, but getting the focus right. I guess I just have a really bad eye when it comes to guessing distances. And as I was getting bad result after bad result with my Diana F+, I got more apprehensive to try the camera for another go and eventually forgot about it altogether.
In hindsight, I regret not having the initial patience for the camera and giving it the love and attention it actually deserves. But I promise you here and now, with all of you as my witnesses, I’m going to give it some more special attention. And you will see much better results. I hope…
So, I am curious to hear your Diana F+ stories!
Did you get a flying start, or was it kind of rocky like mine?