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Click Guide for Diana Mini (53 Photos From a 36 Exposure Roll)

An easy add-on to your Diana Mini to monitor your clicks, and get 53 square frame photos from your typical 36 exposure 135 film. Check it out!

We love the Diana Mini Square frame and the more accessible 135 format is indeed a true delight! However, while other square frame 135 cameras, such as the Taxona, can yield more than 50 exposures, the Diana Mini’s mechanism only provides for 36! Hence, the film is not maximized! An awful waste!

An article written by ululchen details how we can get more out of our Diana Mini by counting clicks, instead of relying on the camera’s film advance mechanism. In doing so, we can have as much as 53 square photos out a 36 exposure roll of film. Inspired by her brilliance, I made a Diana Mini click guide that can be taped at the back cover of the camera. With this tool, I was able to easily monitor the clicks.

On the top portion, the numerals indicate the number of clicks to be made. The boxes below each number indicate how many times you will use of that number of clicks. Begin of course with the highest number.

Follow these steps:

1. Once you have downloaded the Diana Mini click guide, print, cut and stick it on your camera.

2. Load your film, and put on the back cover. Advance the film with 27 clicks. Mark the first box under number 27. Shooting tIme!

3. Again, advance the film with 27 clicks. Mark the second box under number 27. Shoot again!

4. Advance the film with 25 clicks. Mark the first box under number 25. Shoot away!

5. Repeat the process until your film runs out!

Important note: If you are in the middle of counting clicks, and the advance mechanism jams, do not force it. Simply press the lens barrel onto your stomach and press the shutter. You may now continue with your click counting.

I hope you like it! Share it to everyone! You may post it on your blog, facebook, or twitter! The only thing I ask in return is that you give me due credit. Thanks in advance!

The Diana Mini is the ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+. This camera takes soft-focused, lo-fi images in 35mm and allows you to change between half-format and square shots with a flick of a switch. Get your own Diana Mini now!

written by renenob

29 comments

  1. polka-dot

    polka-dot

    hmm nice idea- unfortunately my Diana Mini doesn't "klick" :-(

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  2. tallgrrlrocks

    tallgrrlrocks

    This is a nice guide. I always try to do "mental" clicks, but often lose count along the way :D

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  3. dearjme

    dearjme

    This is fantastic :)

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  4. aimanafiq

    aimanafiq

    nice! will try this ASAP.

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  5. megzeazez

    megzeazez

    This is great! Think I'll try it with my next roll.

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  6. fischkombinat

    fischkombinat

    This tipster is a good opportunitie to take out the diana mini again and to try this with a new roll. Thank You!

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  7. antibiotyx

    antibiotyx

    this is awesome! try ko nga para masulit ang film. ;)

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  8. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    Awesome!! What about for a roll of 24? Message me if you can :)

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  9. renenob

    renenob

    @natalieerachel: you can use the same guide. I am not sure though how many shot you will make. probably 35 shots.

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  10. midasjack

    midasjack

    Genial! Es justo lo que estaba buscando!

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  11. mariaratfingers

    mariaratfingers

    brilliant!! i've been trying to count clicks on my mini but could never figure it out so precisely! thanks a lot!

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  12. psychicd

    psychicd

    i really want to know if using 120 on holga, we can maximize it up to 14++ frame using 6x6 mask..hrmmmm..

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  13. ariannapaloma

    ariannapaloma

    sorry, but... does diana mini film advance when you just click? really don't get this point! :(

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  14. renenob

    renenob

    @ariannapaloma: When you rotate the Diana Mini's advance knob, you will hear clicks. Those are the clicks that we will count. NOT "click" as in pressing the shutter.

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  15. renenob

    renenob

    @psychicd - I think it's possible, but I have not tried it yet

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  16. ariannapaloma

    ariannapaloma

    @renenob ooooo, yes! got it now! was easy, actually! poor me! ;) thanks for the quick answer and for the useful tipster. i'm definitely gonna try it!

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  17. johan34370

    johan34370

    thank you this is really a great tip!! :)

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  18. louwest

    louwest

    Great tip - anything to save money on the cost of films is great! Will try this out as soon as possible.

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  19. der-lennart

    Sounds really helpful. I going to try this with my next roll of film.
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  20. attelid

    attelid

    this is a wonderful idea! I'm going to try it when I finish this roll! :D

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  21. theycallmeelton

    theycallmeelton

    Wow, amazing tipster! I LIKE! :)

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  22. liquorice

    liquorice

    Thank you for the wonderful tipster! (:

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  23. pangmark

    pangmark

    this is fab as i like the squares but, don't they go so quickly? Will try this out as soon as i find the tipster about unjamming my mini

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  24. carlota_nonnumquam

    carlota_nonnumquam

    Perfect tipster! Thanks!

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  25. davideji

    davideji

    Amazing! Thank you :))

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  26. litumai

    litumai

    always love saving tipsters! just printed it out! ill share my results! thaaaanks!

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  27. triky76

    triky76

    @juano este es el artículo que te dije!!

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  28. mokitax

    Awesome! I must try it!!! Thanks ;)
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  29. wendyatatime

    Has anyone had luck using this click guide for half frame photos?
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