I wasted two of the three films I was given! crying blood here
This was my first time ever ripping a film roll INSIDE a camera. Holy moly was I down for quite a while. So here’s the story.
A co-worker helped me insert my first film into the camera. Everything was fine. We took 2 shots in the office and I thought hey, I’ll take it out for the weekend and snap pictures while doing my bi-weekly grocery shopping!
So I took the Diana Mini with me to the market. Once there, I took it out of my bag, snapped a third picture, and TRIED to wind the film. It was stuck. Then I jiggled it a bit here and there, and I was able to wind it, but with a lot of friction. Then I tried some more… and 5 minutes later, CRACK! I ripped the film inside! Argh! I opened the camera and there it was.. ripped right in the middle. I have no idea what happened, but there goes my first roll of film. Should’ve checked out this FAQ before I did anything. :(
The second wasted roll of film happened the next day! I went out again on Sunday and took my Diana Mini with me. I carefully (well, I thought I was careful) placed my film inside, slid the back cover of the camera, and shut it close. I snapped about 4 pictures until it got stuck again. So this time I said to myself, I’m not gonna play with it. I’ll just bring it to work tomorrow and ask someone what to do. Long story short, I wasted my second roll of film again. But now I know how to wind, rewind, and some other tricks to get it winding again.
So I have my third film in hand, and I am determined not to waste it! I will snap pictures, wind, rewind, and never open the back of the camera until I am at the end of the film. Wish me luck peeps!
I apologize for not posting my own pictures on my articles, but I really don’t have any to upload. I will make sure my next post has some of my own analogue snapshots! Thanks for letting me borrow your photos guys!
The Diana Mini is the ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+. This camera takes soft-focused, lo-fi images in 35mm and allows you to change between half-format and square shots with a flick of a switch. Get your own Diana Mini now!