How to Avoid Fat Film Rolls on Your Diana Camera

2012-07-10 7

Here’s a super simple tip for avoiding loosely wound rolls on your Diana camera.

At some point in their analogue experience, every Diana user has come across the problem of the “fat roll,” where the film is wound too loosely around the spool, causing light to enter the film after it has been in the camera. While these light leaks are welcome to some experimental lomographers, I always felt it was an upsetting waste of a roll of film, and more often than not, film processors will refuse to develop them. Follow these steps in order to prevent loosely wound film.

(a tight roll on the left, and a loose one on the right)

When advancing to your next shot, hold your camera in your left hand with your thumb placed above or left of the film counter window.

As you wind the film, gently apply pressure with your thumb. You should feel the film become harder to wind. By doing this, you create more tension on the film, winding it tighter around the take up spool.

BE GENTLE! Don’t apply too much pressure with your thumb, you may scratch the film or distort the Diana back, which may cause unwelcome light leaks. Don’t be too vigorous with the winder, take it slowly and gently, especially since you are applying pressure to the film. You don’t want it to stretch, tear or rip.

Ever since I discovered this tip, I haven’t had a single fat roll of film, which has kept the developers more than happy.

Good luck and say goodbye to those fat rolls!

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written by shmarmy on 2012-07-10 #gear #tutorials #film #tip #tipster #120-film #lomography #diana #quickie-tipster #fat-rolls #film-winding


  1. avocado-in-a-world-of-cucumbers
    avocado-in-a-world-of-cucumbers ·

    very helpful! i have been struggling to wind film tightly in my Diana.

  2. reminator
    reminator ·

    Never had it before, but a very welcome tip for the future!

  3. bek
    bek ·

    This is a really good tip. I was being put off using my Diana because of this but now I feel happy to break it out of the cupboard again =)

  4. mochilis
    mochilis ·

    Simple and effective! Thank you, you saved my Diana's life! :D

  5. marcustegtmeier
    marcustegtmeier ·

    I've been doing this ever since I read this and it works great!

  6. boebl
    boebl ·

    just happened to me last week!!! thanks for the advice :-)

  7. atilla_si
    atilla_si ·

    It is not workin at all!!!
    Actually it rolled even fatter than usual!

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