When the Diana F+ Flash Doesn't Dazzle, Fix It!


Sometimes, that extra drop on the hard concrete floor, or the extra thud on the edge on a wooden table can knock the mechanism that enables our retro Diana F+ falshes to shoot a dazzling display of light. Often, it can be fixed. Diana F+ flash can be saved!

The first thing you need to do is determine why your precious flash is not firing. simple jiggle the flash up and down. Do you hear (or feel) the battery moving slighltly? If you do, the little spring in your flash has been knocked loose. Fret not, my fellow lomographers, she can be rescued!

I guess paying attention in my science modules has had its benefits. because if it was simply a connection probem, all i needed to do was to find simething to help to complete the inner circuit of the Diana Flash in order to get her healthy and firing again.

I tried various things. from metal bracelet wires to cutting up old clicky-pen springs (have you ever tried cutting up a small spring with a rusty pair of sissors without protective goggles on? not a good idea). Eventually, though, i hit the jackpot. Aluminium foil! It’s something virtually everyone has at home, it’s easy to work with, and it can conduct electricity (thank you, science class)! T’was fate.

What you will need:

  • a pair of scissors
  • a small sheet of aluminium foil
  • a working battery
  • and your injured Diana Flash
  1. First, cut up a small rectangle out of the aluminium foil. fold it over many times so that it gets thicker. It’s easier to get it too thick the first time rather than too flat.
  2. Open the battery cover and slowly balance the aluminium foil on top of the positive terminal of the battery. shut the battery door. Jiggle the flash again, is the battery still moving about? If it is, you need to try a thicker piece of foil. If it is not, your circuit is complete and your flash sould be able to fire!

If your problem was a simple connection failure, your flash should be fine and dandy again! Go, fire away!

The Diana F+ is a new twist on the ‘60s classic cult camera. Famous for its dreamy and soft-focused images, the Diana F+ is now packed with extra features such as panorama and pinhole capabilities. Available in our Online Shop.

written by awfullysasha on 2012-01-10 #gear #tutorials #diy #camera #repair #tipster #flash #diana #camera-modification #diana-f-diana-f


  1. liquorice
    liquorice ·

    Cool, tip! Thank you! (:

  2. awfullysasha
    awfullysasha ·

    @conversewei REALLY? haha that's great :P I love knowing my teensy tipster helped to save a diana f+ flash life!

  3. conversewei
    conversewei ·

    Amazing! It works now!

  4. pretletterp
    pretletterp ·

    Oooh, I need to try this as soon as I'm home!
    Also: I love how you matched your nailpolish to the flash ;)

  5. awfullysasha
    awfullysasha ·

    @pretletterp HAH i didn't realise that it matched! but spearmint is a lovely nail colour, don't you think? <3 Let me know if it worked out :P

  6. trash-gordon-from-outer-space
    trash-gordon-from-outer-space ·

    so simple, yet so helpful. Can't thank you enough! Plus: you don't actually need scissors. :-)

  7. awfullysasha
    awfullysasha ·

    @trash-gordon-from-outer-space haha thank you! Actually it was ME who needed the sissors. :P i am terrible with the sharp edge on the aluminium foil box. It ends up in a million pieces. haha.

  8. thenucleartomato
    thenucleartomato ·


  9. awfullysasha
    awfullysasha ·

    @thenucleartomato It's not green. It's SPEARMINT. :P

  10. thenucleartomato
    thenucleartomato ·

    @awfullysasha nope, it's green :> tinyurl.com/775k8t8

  11. marcustegtmeier
    marcustegtmeier ·

    Nice tip, I may need this in the future.

  12. hawndillary
    hawndillary ·

    One word: LIFESAVER!!! :)

  13. elisear
    elisear ·

    AWESOME! thank you!

  14. ananascan
    ananascan ·

    It really works!!! I was really upset about it all day. Just thank you! :)

  15. yeon_rae
    yeon_rae ·

    I just buy diana Flash today and it didn't work! So I try your tip. It didn't work still. (-_-)

  16. oetjheellangela
    oetjheellangela ·

    Hi, thanks for sharing this..
    Somethings wrong with my diana mini flash, red lamp on back side is on and can fire well but if connected to camera, the flash can’t fire..
    How come? Do you guys any solution?
    Appreciate your feedback 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Thanks

  17. lucianacouto
    lucianacouto ·

    OMG! You've just saved my flash! Thank you so much!

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