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Love at First Lomo: Exposing Those Sprockets with My Diana

The Diana F+ is my first camera, and I’ve loved her since I first held her in my hands. I also love the fact that I can expose the sprockets when I shoot 35mm film.

I got the Diana Deluxe Kit a few months after watching a YouTube video about Lomography. One of the many things the kit includes is the 35mm Back, which made things convenient seeing as I have more access to 35mm film than 120 film. Two of the masks included with the back allowed me to effortlessly create those lovely exposed sprockets I have now come to love.

I first tried exposing the sprockets on my second roll. At the time I didn’t have a film scanner, and even when I did buy one I only rescanned three photos to test the waters. Unfortunately, I don’t know what happened to the negatives, but those three photos were enough for me to know that I loved sprockets.

I like being able to tell which picture I took first, which helps me remember what happened first. Then there are the times when I realize that I accidentally scanned my negatives backwards (oops) but then they look weird if I flip them the right way.

I have also discovered that I love sprocket holes even more when coupled with the fisheye lens.

At the moment my Diana F+ is the only camera I have that possesses this power, but I have my eyes set on the Spinner 360. For now though I’m going to keep on loving the sprocketed results that come from my beloved Diana F+ even if it is a pain to scan them in at times.

The Diana F+ is a new twist on the ‘60s classic cult camera. Famous for its dreamy and soft-focused images, the Diana F+ is now packed with extra features such as panorama and pinhole capabilities. Available in our Online Shop.

written by kiteflyin

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