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Getting the Frame right every time

I love my Diana, but framing can be trying at times, especially with the Instant Back which takes you 5cm away from the viewfinder peep hole. I found a way to make framing with the Diana more pleasant.

Here’s what you will need:

  • a (mostly) blank sheet of overhead transparency
  • a pair of scissors
  • a pen (felt pen probably works better)

First you need to cut out a small square from the transparency to fit in front of the view finder. The view finder front is 1.6mm by 1.6mm but I found that simply holding the transparency over the view finder and cutting away works well. You want to end up with a square that is ever so slightly larger than 1.6mm by 1.6mm.

Next, you want to draw whatever composing aid you like on the little square. I ended up with a simple crosshair but you can do a 3×3 grid or whatever.

The final bit is a little fiddly: you need to slide the transparency square over the view finder so that it fits underneath the white bit of plastic which holds the “glass” in place.

It’s a bit difficult to explain, but just place the square on the view finder and wiggle it around until it is wedged in safely.

Next time you shoot a picture, make sure your cross hair is where you want it to be over your shot – headless riders begone! Remember that the cross-hair won’t save you from parallax shifts. If your subject is closer than 3 meters or so, you will need to aim slightly higher than you want the shot to turn out.

written by grinningphd


  1. iamtheju


    Surely you mean 16mm (1.6cm)? Maybe your camera is smaller than mine :P
    Nice tip though :)

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  2. souchka


    Very useful tip, thanks a lot ! I did cut down the square smaller than 1,6cm and it fits nicely. Can't wait to shoot with more precision !
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