Overall, I am absolutely in love already. Although I have not received images I consider to be of the highest potential caliber, I am excited to see future results. Poor quality images simply mean I need to practice and experiment with my Diana Mini more and more and more.
I purchased my Diana Mini at the very end of 2011. I was, as I expected myself to be, giddy like a little school girl upon its delivery. I realized all too late that I had completely forgotten to buy a flash attachment to accompany my new camera (a 1960’s Diana Camera is now en route to my mailbox along with a sparkly new flash attachment).
I am extremely new to this Lomography community, but feel like everyday it is easier to grasp on to the concept (or slight lack there of). When I picked up my first roll of film from the lab, I must admit how disappointed I was. Images were washed out and blurry, overexposed, unsaturated. I blamed it on my choice to buy a high ISO film (800; stupid, I know.) For the second roll, I tried ISO 200, but got very similar results. Again, I blame myself. I know I have not been paying close enough attention to the settings (although few) the Diana Mini offers, such as four different focus settings, a cloudy/sunny switch, and a N/B switch (short or longer exposure). I am now on my third roll of film (it takes longer to complete a roll, since I can “shoot forever”!), a Lomography brand ISO 100. I have high hopes.
Although I haven’t seen all of what my Diana Mini can do, I am extremely excited to see what she has in store for me.