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Diana F+ with the Diana+ 35mm Back

For the lovers of the Diana F+ and 35mm film. Before you rejoice and appreciate the Diana+ 35mm Back for blessing us Diana fans with a chance at shooting those dreamy and vintage looking pictures on 35mm film, make sure you're fully educated with the differences between 120 and 35mm film so you can make a better judgment when shooting on your Diana F+ with the 35mm Back.

When I had first ordered my Diana F+ off of eBay, I was ecstatic. I could not wait to start shooting pictures off of my Diana….but then a thought occured to me. The Diana F+ is designed for 120 film! I quickly rushed back online to find the cheapest Diana+ 35mm Back I could find, which luckily I did. When I received both products, I quickly assembled the 35mm Back on to the Diana F+ using the easy instruction manual included with it.

And tada! It was in full shooting condition. I used the standard rectangular frame without exposed perforations, and loaded Fuji Superia X-Tra ISO 200 film. Everything was working smoothly; the film advancer, the exposure counter gears, advance spool….nothing went wrong.

After shooting about 24 shots, I took my film to Costco to get it developed, and received my photos back within an hour. I was so excited to see magnificent Diana pictures, with dreamy focusing and beautiful tones……..

But instead I was shocked to see these.

I couldn’t believe how zoomed in my pictures turned out! Every picture was either a blur of color, zoomed in on only a certain part of my subject, or zoomed in on one of my subject’s body parts or face. To say the least, I was very, very, very disappointed. As soon as I got home I checked my camera to make sure I had installed everything correctly, and according to the manual everything was in the right place. The focus ring on my Diana F+ was set to its lowest focus range, the 1-2 meter setting, and there were no problems that I could find with my 35mm Back or my Diana F+. I searched online for people who may have ran in to the same “zoomed in” problem as me….and boy, did I feel stupid after learning this load of information…

Although this may seem obvious enough, the Diana F+ is designed only for 120 film. The Diana+ 35mm Back attachment is designed for the Diana F+ to only take pictures with 35mm film, but it does not in any way affect the inner components and design of the inside of the Diana camera. Of course there are frames that come with the 35mm back, but this does not change the 120 film design of the interior. After reading a review comment by a very well educated Diana F+ photographer, I am now aware of the problem.

The Diana F+ is designed to capture pictures on 120 film, which is 6 centimeters in width. Compare that to 35mm film which is of course 35mm in width; about a little over half of the width of 120 film. The image reaching the back of the camera, using 120 film, will sort of look like what you see in the viewfinder. But now when you attach the 35mm back and load 35mm film in, you can still see the same image in the viewfinder, except the image reaching the back of the camera is cut off at the top and bottom due to the shorter width of 35mm film. This is what causes the zoomed in effect of 35mm film pictures with the Diana.

Besides suffering from a zoomed in effect, Diana+ 35mm back users are missing the vignette effect around the borders of the picture. The only way to reverse the effects of using 35mm film with a Diana F+ is to buy a wide angle lens.

Wide angle lenses, such as the Diana+ 38mm Super Wide Angle Lens, will help to compensate for the shorter width of 35mm film. It will make your images appear farther away, allowing you to capture more of your subject without having to stand many feet away. Though it doesn’t fully capture what you see in the Diana F+ viewfinder (maybe a couple millimeters off the top and bottom will be cut short) it definitely makes your image appear more normal.

After learning this load of information, which should’ve been a little obvious at first, I was eager to share this with all you Diana camera and 35mm film lovers. I hope that before you purchase both products you are aware of the design of the Diana F+ and the fact that buying the Diana+ 35mm Back will not adjust the size of the images exposed on to your 35mm film!

written by cararah

19 comments

  1. sthomas68

    sthomas68

    Yep you hit the nail on the head with that one! Anyone wishing to use 35mm with the Diana should invest in the super wide lens. It really does make a difference!

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  2. nigelk

    nigelk

    I learned the hard way too!!

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  3. catarella

    catarella

    Thank you for sharing this! The same just happened to me with my first bunch of rolls using the 35mm back! I was so sad!

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  4. cararah

    cararah

    Ahh I feel your pain! :( I hope you find an alternative. Buying my diana mini made me feel better :)

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  5. catherinejcruz

    catherinejcruz

    same story. after doing a lot of research, helped me learn a bit more with the Diana. :)

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  6. jinx

    jinx

    I have also found the diana learning curve a bit difficult. now im working on a cost effective way to scan the negatives so i can actually see what i'm doing!
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  7. isammi

    isammi

    I was thinking about buying the 35mm back, so thanks for the info, I didn't know!

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  8. cararah

    cararah

    I'm glad my article helped! :)

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  9. courtneygawthorp8193

    courtneygawthorp8193

    Oh, no! I've been using 35 mm film and I didn't know about this! Three rolls are probably ruined. =(

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  10. cararah

    cararah

    @courtneygawthorp8193

    Ahh I hope they didn't come out so bad :( but I'm glad you know now so you don't waste more film!

    Thank you all for the likes! :)

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  11. woosang

    woosang

    D'oh I had forgotten that. Luckily I have only taken Agee shots will change lens :-) thanks!! And don't feel stupid it's an easy mistake to makewhennot

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  12. courtneygawthorp8193

    courtneygawthorp8193

    @Cararah

    Some shots came out amazing and others came out really crummy. But I'm glad I at least got some that were worth it. I'm definitly addicted to my Diana now! But from now on, I'll be using my super wide angle lens when I use the 35 mm back!

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  13. avocado-in-a-world-of-cucumbers

    avocado-in-a-world-of-cucumbers

    Today, I got my first 2 rolls of 35mm from my Diana developed... and this is exactly what happened to me! Thanks so much for explaining... now I know, I'll be using my wide-angle lens in future... or 120 film!

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  14. liquorice

    liquorice

    Know I'm doubting about purchasing it or not... At the moment I got no money for purchasing de wide angle lens too... ):

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  15. liquorice

    liquorice

    Now*

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  16. mrcl

    mrcl

    thank you very much! i did the same and that's terrible! :(
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  17. ilikephoto

    ilikephoto

    Se eu não tivesse lido seu artigo, teria comprado uma Diana F+ e um Diana F+ 35mm Back. Pensei que as fotos ficassem do mesmo jeito, mas vi que não é bem assim.
    Muito obrigado por seu artigo, foi muito bom traduzí-lo ^^

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  18. erobards

    AHH so annoying, im conflicted about weither to buy the diana f+ or the diana mini, i thought id be saving myself some money by getting the 35mm back, and then still be able to use all the different accesories with the diana f+. But now i am not sure and am wondering if i would be better off with the minni? What would you recomend? I sounds like ill just be spending more money by adding on lenses and such. Mini or f+?
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  19. alennon

    alennon

    But you didn't get good pictures with your Diana F+?? No way?
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