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Love at First Lomo: My First Love, the Diana F+

My first lomo love was the Diana F+. From what looks like it could be a basic camera, is probably my most versitile camera in my collection. Be warned this camera started me off on my obsession which currently totals 22 cameras!

I can’t quite remember when I started to pick up on the “Lomography” effect, but I really took notice in late summer of 2010, and I decided I really wanted a lomography camera for myself, and I was lucky enough to receive a Diana F+ and flash for my Christmas present that year. The lomography store in Soho had opened around the same sort of time, so we decided to join in one of their lomo walks.

This was the first time I went out and shot with the Diana, and I must admit, that the results were a tad overexposed and not really of anything exciting.

I could have got dispondent, but instead I put it down to the first roll and inexperience. I also received some good advice from a friend I met through the walk, who suggested at least in the UK, to keep the Diana on the cloudy setting, as it should give better exposed shots.

I am pleased to say that after that first roll, the photos improved quite rapidly, and I fell in Love with the camera. It always comes with me on all my travels and has always coped well under all weather and light conditions.

I think with all cameras to get the most out of them, it takes awhile and practice to get used to what the camera like and how it copes under different situations, but the Diana really doesn’t disappoint, and I can honestly say that it is very rare that I get a shot on a roll that isn’t exposed correctly.

The thing I love about the Diana is it is very versatile from what seems like a very basic camera.

The lens can be taken off and used as a pinhole camera

You can add a splitzer or just take multiple exposures.

Put a 35mm back on and you can use 35mm film (getting more shots per roll) but I just love it for the sprocket effect.

Long Exposures on bulb setting.

Change the lens on the front and you have suddenly got a fisheye camera or a telephoto lens.

Or accidental light leaks (it is also quite robust, theses were after it dropped on the floor)

When I think about it, this is probably the most versatile of all my cameras, and from starting off with this first lomography camera, my collection of analogue cameras now totals about 22, and the Diana F+ is still one of my favourites that comes with me everywhere I go. The one thing that I would love to try with it is an instant back.

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 rosebud82

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