Have you ever been confused by these two cult cameras: the Holga and the Diana? Both are made of plastic and have plastic lenses, so they might produce pictures of the same quality like vignetting and soft focus. My curiosity made me purchase a Diana camera to experiment!
Last week, I loaded a roll of Lomography CN 100 120 into each camera, asked my sister to dress-up and walked to the field nearby my house to do the experiment. This experiment is divided into five segments: portraits/straight-forward shots, multiple-exposure, landscape, direct sunlight and bulb mode, but mostly portraits.
These are the results (the first photo of a set is taken using Holga, the second is Diana):
4. Direct Sunlight
5. Bulb Mode
The Holga shots turned out to be wider and sharper. The Diana shots seemed to be closer to the subject and dreamier. As for their builds, the Holga feels sturdier, but the locking system is not so good, so light leaks are easier to occur in the Holga. The Diana feels more fragile and needs to be treated gently, but the locking system is better than the Holga’s. The Diana also has a pinhole function that the Holga lacks. As for their accessories, the Diana has more accessories compared to the Holga and they are more expensive than the Holgas.
So if you ask me which camera is better, I will say the Holga. I find it more comfortable to shoot with. The Holga is more of a practical camera while the Diana is more of an accidental camera. If you are more into dreamy, soft and romantic kind of photography, then the Diana is probably the one to go to.
If you have something to say about these two cameras, do not hesitate to leave a comment!