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Load Your 120 Diana with 35mm Film without Using the Special 35mm Back

Want to use 35mm film in your regular Diana camera but haven't got the special 35mm back. Well you can all you need is a slight modification and you can happily shoot sprocket framed snaps with the aid of some foam and electrical tape.

Here’s what you’ll need to load 35mm film in your regular Diana camera.

>Two Square Pieces of Foam
>Rubber Bands
>Electrical Tape
>A 120 Film Spool
>A Pen
>35mm Film

Here’s a handy video I put together to help you mod your Diana camera

Load a 35mm Film in a 120 Diana Camera from Paul Murphy on Vimeo.

Step 1: Open your Diana.

Step 2: Place the two pieces of foam in the top and bottom of the film feeder (left) side – this holds the 35mm film in place.

Step 3: Wrap the top and bottom ends of the 120 film spool with rubber bands – this prevents the 35mm film going out of place too much inside the camera.

Step 4: Load your 35mm Film in between the two foam squares.

Step 5: Tape the end of the film to the spool and put the spool in place.

Step 6: Tape over the regular counter hole on the camera back on both sides to prevent light leaks.

Step 7: Put the back on the camera and tape over all the places where it meets the main body of the camera, this will also prevent light leaks.

Step 8: Make a marking on the film winder and on the camera so you have a zero marking. This will help you wind on your film for a new frame each time without overlapping, unless that’s what you want.

For a click sheet explaining how to much to wind the winder for each frame click

Final Note: I didn’t complete Step 8 the first time I modified my Diana and made the above video, hence why the photos below are light leak-tastic. Luckily the leaks worked out really well in the shots.

Happy sprocket snapping with your newly modified Diana. A Holga can be modified in a similar fashion to what has been shown here

written by homer

14 comments

  1. kylethefrench

    kylethefrench

    ha ha, i love it but also you could just throw it in and tape the end on the 120 spool, it may be off centered and it may get twisted but who cares... I love the attention to detail though on this tipster, great work

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  2. wuxiong

    wuxiong

    I shhot this way too. I love it. It also save my money for buying a 135 Diana back...<:))

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  3. maxwellmaxen

    maxwellmaxen

    but why did you chose such a sad song for that great tipster? :)

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  4. willyboy

    willyboy

    Good work kind Sir! Alas, I have the 35mm back so I shan't be bothering. Good to know nonetheless.

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  5. homer

    homer

    Thanks for the comments sorry about the sadsong @maxwellmaxen. I've added the mentioned click chart to my lomography blog here http://www.lomograph(…)click-chart

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  6. coolsigg

    coolsigg

    How do u rewind the film after shooting? Use a changing bag?

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  7. homer

    homer

    Yeah @coolsigg use a changing bag or anywhere dark first few times I did it in the dead of night inside a jacket under a duvet

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  8. ik

    ik

    i was going to make a tipster about this myself (i also do this whit my lubitel 2)

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  9. badjuju

    badjuju

    I love this! I just looked up the same thing on youtube for a Holga recently. I haven't done it yet but definately plan on it.

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  10. takezzo

    takezzo

    this music on the video is killing me...

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  11. kanyapratita

    love it! but will the tape leaves some dirty marks when i removed it?
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  12. marchingbands

    marchingbands

    That's great,i loved this! Ps:I have to say that the music killed me :( but again,video is wonderful.
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  13. eightmiles

    eightmiles

    love the tips...thanx..

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  14. benblt

    benblt

    I've just tried it using kitchen paper rather than foam. Half a sheet top and bottom, folded in half until you can't fold it any more and it seems to work.
    8 months ago · report as spam

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