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Discovering the Quirks of Analogue Photography with Diana F+ Metropolis

Upon deciding to jump into the Lomographic world, I bought myself my first Lomo camera—the Diana F+ Metropolis edition. Read why I think the Diana F+ is a good choice for anyone who’s just getting into analogue.

My first ever Lomography camera is a Diana F+. The Diana comes in so many looks that I had trouble deciding on one. But at that time, the newest one was the Metropolis edition, so I just settled on that one.

Three days after I placed my order, it finally arrived on my doorstep. I immediately opened my parcel and my eyes ogled at the wonderful camera. I loaded the Lomography CN 400 film that I purchased from the store and started shooting.

The Diana F+ came with a retro flash with a reflective silver surface. It came with a bunch of flash filters, which you can use for color splashing. There were extra frame masks for shooting in endless panorama and 4.2×4.2 formats. Also bundled in the box were a lens cap, a camera strap, flash adaptors, the instruction manual and the hardbound Diana book.

Having experienced digital photography, it was an entirely different ride for me. Sure I know how exposure works, but given the limited controls on the Diana, it was difficult at first. And then I realized that the limited controls are a good thing, you have very little to think about. You only need to decide on 3 apertures (if it’s cloudy, partially cloudy or sunny), 3 distances and whether you wanna shoot in normal shutter speed or in bulb. It’s that simple.

I brought it everywhere with me, be it under the bright sun or in lowlight parties. I was unsure of how it’s going to turn out, since it was my first time shooting with film.

Photo by in-the-sky

And everywhere I go, people notice my camera. In fact, during events and parties, they’d rather pose for me than for those photographers lugging around their heavy equipment.

After finishing 3 rolls of film, I finally brought them for processing. I was nervous, but upon getting the scanned photos I was so ecstatic. Half of the shots were extremely underexposed, but the others looked quite dreamy—which is the look that I was aiming for!

One of the features that I enjoyed the most was the double exposure.

And despite the max aperture of only f/11, my low-light photographs didn’t come out so bad!

I have no regrets in buying the Diana as my first camera. It’s very flexible since you can always add on some accessories. You can swap the back to shoot in other formats, namely 35mm and instant. The number of different lenses available is also overwhelming. In a single camera, you can shoot fisheye, wide-angle, macro—you name it!

written by in-the-sky

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