Diana Instant Back+ - How I Live My Best Experience in My Lifetime

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I love the Diana+ and I love the instant products, so its kind of obvious that I love the Diana Instant Back+ as well!

The first reaction I felt when I saw that an instant back for the Diana+ was launched was: " I must get one". And of course, I did. I received the pack some months ago and I was happy. My Diana+ was not heavier with the Instant Back+. Maybe just a little more “big”. First shots were done at night, taking pictures of my Holga, the bath duck (sorry, I love them) and my oldest shoes. I experimented with different lenses. First impressions, you’ll never know what is going to be out there. The format is so different to the 6×6 or 35mm that if you want to focus on something, maybe you are too close or too far away from the object. You need to practice a lot in order to understand how it works. The other thing is embarrassing is to remember the iso of the film (800 ASA). This is important in order to get the right exposure. Don’t trust in the machine, trust in yourself.

Here you can see some problems I did have and maybe other successful pictures. If you have to be fast, you’ll probably make a mistake and you are used to work with other kind of film, viewfinder…. OHHHH, but when you get the knowledge and you get used to this, then the results are wonderful. Taking doubles and just see the result is so fantastic. Even using the Diana Splitzer, gets the nicest results.

My recommendation is: use it at night, better than in sunny days, with colour flash and using an ykind of Diana lenses. You won’t regret.

The best personal experience I’ve got with the Diana Instant Back+ (and maybe any other kind of camera) is visiting the Himba people. Normally photographers go with their big, digital cameras and take lots of portraits of those wonderful kids of the Namibian Tribe. Then, they usually show the results to the children who smile seeing themselves and then it’s like. Yeah, here you are but I’m sorry, I’ve stolen your smiling poor face and I’m going to my perfect country where I’ll show your face to the rest of the world and maybe win some prize with you. My objective was the opposite. I took my Diana instant Back+ with me and 40 pictures to shoot. I tried to get a portrait of everyone in the village and the, give them the pictures as a present. That was the best result I got with instant pictures in my life. You are not happy until you see the smile of those kids receiving the small pictures for themselves, shaking them and how watching the process astonishes them. It was like giving a check note! The big prize!!!!! Running, laughing at others pictures and wanting more and more. I finish the 4 packs of film in less than 1 hour. Even the mothers of the kids that usually don’t want to be shot, asked me for one of those strange papers where their faces were shown. I just kept 2 failed pictures I show in this gallery. I had to hide them to remember that situation.

written by disdis on 2010-02-18 #gear #diana #doubles #splitzer #review #objects #diana-instant-back #instant #night #800-asa #lenses

8 Comments

  1. rater
    rater ·

    Nice story disdis, very thoughtfull of you to carry the instantnt back and the 4 packs of instax film to give away the pics!

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    Beautiful story ! And great shots of course !

  3. paramir
    paramir ·

    yes, lovely story and great review!

  4. nural
    nural ·

    I read an article on the Himba in a photo magazine recently and I'm sure that what you did meant a lot more to them...

  5. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    very nice, love the gallery !

  6. torium
    torium ·

    Lovely story indeed! Great gallery.

  7. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Grat review & fantastic gallery. 5 star!

  8. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    good review @disdis - now i want an instant back! :)

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