I'll be honest - I never had much luck with the Diana F+. I loved it the first time I used it, then it went downhill from there. I've been picking it back up recently, and well, I think I'm in love again!
The Diana F+ is a Lomography gem. It’s classic, it’s retro and creates some of the most beautiful photographs that I have ever seen. In my analogue experience so far, the Diana has never struck me with those beautiful results that I wanted, let alone 120mm film. After countless rolls of film that were fairly disappointing, I think I was close to giving up on this camera.
Recently, I decided to give it another shot, due partly to the influx of 120mm films I had lying around in my home. I had the film, might as well get rid of it. Not the best of mindsets, but little did I know that I would be thoroughly surprised and satisfied with the results!
I first took it out for an excursion to an annual carnival in my city. Ferris wheels, candy stands, crowds of people – the perfect place to get some shots. The sun was setting and the sky was clear. I didn’t spend too much time there, but I think I got a few decent shots.
To finish off the roll a few days later, I took my camera to a suburban heritage street and the pond nearby. I had spent the day with my friends, who also loved taking photos, so we walked around and got some neat shots. I played a lot more with the multiple exposures this time, and they turned out super neat! I’ve always wanted to do that kind of splitzer-type MX effect. I took one shot, literally turned the camera upside down, and took the exact same shot. I think it turned out pretty good! (See below)
I also decided to shoot with 16 frames instead of 12. Of course, silly me, forgot to put the mask into the camera. But you know what? I ended up getting these really cool overlapping shots. I don’t know about you, but I liked them a lot.
After getting my photos back, I think I learned a few things. It definitely takes some trial and error, a bit of time and a lot of patience to master the Diana F+, but that’s part of the fun with using this camera, or any analogue camera. You just have to find what works for you. I think one of the biggest factors was that I let go of worrying about how the shots would turn out and just shot – just as Lomography has always taught me!
Well, I’m in love.
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.