The Diana 35mm Back is definitely the most practical accessory for your Diana camera. Not only you will benefit from the smaller price of buying and scanning 35mm films, but also from the versatility of this amazing Diana accessory.
I bought the Diana 35mm Back along with my Diana F+ as there weren’t any places in my home town where I could scan 120mm film and I didn’t have a personal film scanner. It was a wise decision as I still have 2 rolls of developed 120mm film that I cannot scan.
But buying the Diana 35mm Back doesn’t mean that all your scanning problems will be over, especially if you do not have your own film scanner. If you carefully read the instructions you will see that with this accessory you can take 4 types of photos: panoramic without exposed perforations, panoramic with exposed perforations, square with exposed perforations and rectangular without exposed perforations. The majority of photo labs will be able to scan only the rectangular format and if you are lucky and find one that scans the panoramic format without perforations you will find the price to be a bit steep. So you can forget about exposed perforations if you don’t have a personal scanner.
Equipping your Diana camera with the 35mm Back can be a bit tricky, but if you carefully read the instructions provided you will have no problem. However, if you are very excited about your new purchase and want to start shooting as fast as possible, I recommend watching this online tutorial.
I always use the 33×34mm mask which corresponds to the square format with exposed perforations. Even though the local photo lab doesn’t scan the sprockets and the final image is rectangular, I use this format because I want to rescan some of my shots when I will have my own film scanner.
However, the most important aspect that you need to consider when using the 35mm Back is the effect it has on the Diana Lenses.
1. Diana 20mm Fisheye Lens + 35mm Back = 38mm Wide Angle Lens
2. Diana 38mm Super Wide Lens + 35mm Back = 72mm Lens
3. Diana 110 mm Telefoto Lens + 35mm Back = 200mm super tele lens
4. Diana 75mm Lens + 35mm Back = 75mm Lens
• Versatility – 4 photo formats
• Lower costs when it comes to buying and scanning film
• It comes with a very cool looking box where you can store 24 35mm film rolls
• Can be used with all kinds of 35mm film
• You can’t get the effect of a 20mm Fisheye Lens
• If you don’t have the 38mm Super Wide Lens that comes along with a special viewfinder framing your shots when using the 20mm Fisheye Lens will be tricky at first and you can get cut out shots like these
• The camera won’t fit in the Diana ‘Ready to Shoot’ Camera Bag
• If you want to scan all 4 formats it is best you have your own film scanner along with the DigitaLIZA 35mm Scanning Mask
• Read carefully the instructions manual, especially if you are new to Lomography
All in all, this Diana accessory is best for you if you love to find sprockets in your photos, if you like to shoot on 35mm film and if you love to experiment. Don’t forget to have fun with your Diana camera on 35mm film!