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Diana Mini - A Test Run by Adam Scott

Sometimes there are friends that you can say are an honour to know. Sometimes there are cameras that you can say are an honour to own. The Diana Mini IS that camera!

Note from the Editor:
Adam used a special technique called Light Leaking for this review. This is great! You do not have to do this, your Diana Mini will provide you regular soft tone photos as we are used from other Diana products. If you want to do some light leaking, read Adams “How To” below.

I was asked to have a little test run of the Diana Mini before release. When it arrived in the post I screamed like a little girl who has just been given the entire My Little Pony Set. Within seconds I was out with the camera loaded with 35mm film! The Diana Mini is a little plastic gem that fits in the palm of your hands and has tons of creative capabilities. It’s also the first half-frame camera in the Lomography family!

Half-frame cameras shoot twice as many shots on 35mm for the same price to process. With the Diana Mini you’ll be able to shoot up to 72 shots on one roll! One of my favourite features is the multi-frame switch that allows you to change from square to rectangular. With the square mode you will only be able to shoot the standard 36 shots, in rectangular up to 72!
The Diana Mini is also compatible with the Diana f+ flash which is nearly the same size of the camera itself!

Shooting with the Diana Mini is so easy, aside from the size that makes it easy to take anywhere; the Diana Mini has just two simple switches; N and B for Normal or Bulb exposures and a Sunny/Cloudy Switch. The B switch allows you to take long nighttimes exposures or leave the shutter open after firing the flash at night to burn in some ambient light. If you want crisp and sharp images you can use the tripod mount and cable release.
Let’s not forget that it’s also possible to shoot multiple-exposures and overlap frames for abstract panoramas!

  • Shoot fast and forever
  • Never the same thing twice so you get better “half-frame stories”
    *Get close! The Diana Mini shoots from 0.6m!
    *Keep your eye on the N and B switch to make sure it’s never on B during the day
    *Take a blank shot before changing the frame mode on the same roll of film.
  • Don’t forget to take the lens cap off before shooting!!!

A big tip!

Light Leak generator: I love light leaks and love finding them accidentally in my Diana+. As the Diana Mini takes 35mm it was essential that the back wouldn’t let ANY light in so to get light leaks I cheated. When the camera was loaded I would sometimes open the back and slide it down a few Millimetres for less than a second before closing it again. This worked well to create some nice unpredictable effects. Then I took things one step further. With a 1mm drill piece I made two holes on the back and then covered them with black tape occasionally opening and closing them. This worked well also!

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written by polt

25 comments

  1. cruzron

    cruzron

    dun dun dunnnnn...

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  2. mattcharnock

    mattcharnock

    i dont want one - I NEEEEEEEEEEED one!

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  3. dirklancer

    dirklancer

    I'm preparing to bid my piggies a fond farewell...

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  4. mattydk

    mattydk

    cool beans!

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  5. mijonju

    mijonju

    WOHOO!

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  6. gvelasco

    gvelasco

    Broke my piggy bank. This thing is on order.

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  7. cinzinc

    cinzinc

    i want one!!!! dammit!

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  8. stouf

    stouf

    Good job adam !

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  9. adamscott

    adamscott

    seriously guys just get hold of this camera!

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  10. klingsor

    klingsor

    great test! congrats adam

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  11. maddyoulook

    maddyoulook

    want so much

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  12. lomollete

    lomollete

    Looks wicked cool

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  13. werdle

    werdle

    it has made me buy one, i LOVED the images, come and play cameras with me!

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  14. smadjam

    smadjam

    Im just about to order one. Love image 6. it's PRIMARK ;) lool
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  15. golfpunkgirl

    golfpunkgirl

    hi adam :) nice tip about drilling holes in the back!

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  16. weechonghooi

    weechonghooi

    amazing, i want one~!!!!

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  17. nural

    nural

    I didn't receive my Diana F+ yet and already want one of these!!!!

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  18. panelomo

    panelomo

    wow - almost everyone wants to have a piece of this.. ME TOO! =)

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  19. moochie_lomo

    moochie_lomo

    I'm especially interested in the multi-exposure panoramic shots the D+Mini can do! They look very cool and . . . think of the possibilities!

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  20. popcornflex

    popcornflex

    trop balèèèèèèze!

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  21. ndroo

    ndroo

    Just got mine. It's super cute!!!

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  22. andyzz

    andyzz

    Wanna have one for my birthday gift, If somebody give me ha ha!

    about 5 years ago · report as spam
  23. cyanwater

    cyanwater

    I love light leaks!

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  24. checkforzombies

    I read another review where the reviewer claimed 'the back doesnt fit properly' and the film advance twisty spiky bit ripped the film as well as the wings to switch to half frame broke. Is any of this common?
    almost 5 years ago · report as spam
  25. 11041987

    11041987

    I'm so addicted to lightleaks .. I've been editing my ordinary photos to get some lightleaks effects using photoshop .. I got mini Diana now .. and it's time to get some real lightleaks .. but I have a question .. in which part in the back exactly did you dig the holes ?! thank you .. :)
    about 3 years ago · report as spam