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A Year With the Diana Mini

Even if I already had a Fisheye No. 2, I never considered myself a Lomographer -- until about a year ago, when I got my Diana Mini. Here's a retrospect and declaration of my love to this plastic beauty.

My Diana Mini photographed with the one of lomiga

At the end of September 2010 I visited the ‘Photokina’ in Cologne, especially being interested in the latest digital achievements. I passed the Lomo stand pretty blindly, even though I already had a Fisheye No.2, I would have never considered myself as a Lomographer. Later I came back und took a closer look — and I found out, the Lomographers were giving away 1000 cameras. A short time later I had my hands on a cube box with my brand new Diana Mini.

At first I was in doubt using this plastic toy a lot, after all I was mostly a digital shooter and always taking SLRs with me. I used the film I got with the camera — and I was infected. My collection of Lomographic cameras began to grow soon afterwards and the digital ones were collecting dust in the drawer where I store them. My Diana Mini has been my steady companion since I got her.

Here’s a gallery with chronological photographs from the last year:

As you can see, my little dear has been through everything: foggy autumn days, snow, flood, spring and summer and everything that’s part of Lomography. I learned a lot about double exposures, redscale, cross-processing, masks and much more. I shot more than 30 rolls of film this year. Now we’re back in autumn again and I’m looking forward to the next year. But my dear Diana Mini already has a strong competitor: the La Sardina, which I now take everywhere. But my Lady Di will always be in my heart and hopefully my camera bag.

And now it’s time to say ‘Thank You’ to my Diana Mini. Thank you for taking me out of the digital grind! Thank you for replacing most of the food in my fridge with film. Thank you for being less moody than your sisters apparently seem to be. Thank you for all our past adventures — and for the adventures waiting for us!

The Diana Mini is the ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+. This camera takes soft-focused, lo-fi images in 35mm and allows you to change between half-format and square shots with a flick of a switch. Get your own Diana Mini now!

written by cornborn and translated by wolkers

3 comments

  1. gvelasco

    gvelasco

    I like the MINI, but it's one of the most difficult cameras to use in every respect - loading, shooting, advancing, getting developed, scanned, and printed. Definitely NOT a beginner's camera.

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  2. schemerel

    schemerel

    I recommended this camera to a lot of people who never shot analogue and they all loved it. It may not be a very easy beginners camera, but it's a very good camera for being introduced to the spirit of lomography

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  3. blablabla-anab

    blablabla-anab

    Thank you so much for this article. I just ordered my Diana MINI White, and I must admit I have some doubts, I heard it's a temperamental teen, But your article gives me hope :D Thanks you so much and keep shooting!!!

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