Love at First Lomo: Falling for Diana


My heart raced when I first saw Jiyu – a special edition of Diana Mini made in commemoration of Japan’s Golden Week. From that moment, I knew I just had to get this camera.

My first ever shot with Jiyu

Jiyu basically means ‘freedom’, and I thought I’d get this version of Diana Mini to celebrate getting out of the university. But when it was time for me to buy the camera, I thought I should just get the ordinary black/blue one. After all, that one’s much cheaper. But I just couldn’t fully convince myself I would be happy without the pretty flowers in my camera. And surely enough, Jiyu was worth the extra bucks.

Being quite new to Lomography, I especially liked the half-frame mode of the Diana Mini. Doubling the amount of photos I can get in a roll of film means I get to experiment more. Plus, I don’t have to scared of running out of film too fast.

Diana Mini also allowed me to understand how photography really works. I have to change all the settings for every photo I take, so “don’t think, just shoot” doesn’t always apply. But that’s really better than just relying on the “auto” mode in my old SLR.

Finally, what I love most about my Diana Mini is that it’s not a pain to carry around. Jiyu’s design suits my style so much that I don’t even mind hanging it in my neck the whole time. That means I get to take photos I never will with a bulky SLR.

I’m sure I won’t ever regret getting Diana Mini Jiyu. Even when I get to try other analogue cameras, this is one that I will never let go of.

Credits: ydpsh

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written by ydpsh on 2012-02-24 #lifestyle #love #first #diana #diana-mini #diana-mini-jiyu

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