A Half-frame Modified Diana F+


Let’s double the fun by creating a half-frame mask for the Diana F+! Read on to find out how to do this.

Weeks ago a cool lomographer, soundfoodaround, wrote me about a tipster concerning the possibility to do half frame shots with an Holga. The results seemed to be quite interesting, looking like something more than just a series of separate half-frame shots, but more as an abstract composition of different images, merged toghether in a regularly framed scheme. I’ve tried to experiment this tipster on my Diana F+ Glow in the dark, following the instructions well reported in the link above by Buzzy Sullivan, and that I’ll try to summarize here with some of my results.

The tipster It’s quite simple, and all you need is:

  • scissors or cutters
  • adehsive tape
  • a piece of black paper or cardboard (but not too thick, or it will be difficult to advance the film in the tight Diana’s back)

First, cut a piece of paper that fits with the Diana chamber. Draw four rectangular boxes on it, equally spaced, and cut out two of them with the help of the scissors or the cutter, as shown in the figure. Mine were not that squared, and actually they don’t have to be perfect. As Buzzy Sullivan said for the Holga: “Keep in mind that your edge will be magnified in the picture – so the more perfect that you try to make it, the less perfect it will probably look”.

Then fasten this mask in the Diana, in one of the two possible configurations, i.e. with an empty square directly on the left (as in the figure) or dierctly to the right. Then you’ll be ready to shoot your first roll, keeping in mind the portion of film that will be impressed. After the last shot, roll up the film, than go in a dark room (which in my non-pro case mens my bedroom, in total darkness and keeping the film under a blanket), and roll up the film from the take-up spool onto the original spool. Then change the mask configuration in the Diana (it’s 180° flip of the mask), load the film again and be ready to shoot.

Here’s an axample of my shots, captured with a Lomography Color Negative 100 120 and with a Lomography B&W 100 120:“http://shop.lomography.com/films/120-film/lomography-bandw-100-pack-of-3”.

I’m quite satisfied, although some more ordered guys out there could prefer to cut the boxes a bit more precisely. It’s all up to you, as it’s up to you the choice to note down the sequence of subjects of the first set of shots, so to shoot similar subjects under differnet conditions (i.e. different light, filters, lens, angle…), as I did for the colored roll, or to go completely random, as with the black and white. Further if you use a splitzer to cover altrnatively the left and the right part of the lens, your Diana can truly go half (actually quarter) frame.

I think it’s something too easy not to give it a try, if you’d like to experiment, or even better if you want to double with someone. Anyone interested?

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 pandaisdead on 2012-02-23 #gear #tutorials #art #tipster #half-frame #modification #diana-f #quickie-tipster


  1. pandaisdead
    pandaisdead ·

    Sorry ti cite it here, but www.lomography.it/homes/tomas_bates is who originally proposed the mod! Hooray for Tomas Bates! Yo!

  2. tomas_bates
    tomas_bates ·

    @pandaisdead - Thanks so much for doing this mod - the results are awesome!!! :-)

  3. mrmostarr
    mrmostarr ·

    thx for the post! gonna try that asap! thx a lot

  4. mrmostarr
    mrmostarr ·

    Just did tried: fucked up a bit but still: here is the result:

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