Diana F+ and the Diana+ 35mm Back


When I got my Lomography Diana F+, I used a whole roll of 120 film on nothing but then I switched to the Diana+ 35mm back and that just made life easier!! Just one thing to keep in mind: what you see is not what you get!!

I just got myself a Lomography Diana F+ a couple weeks ago. Actually I wasn’t planning on buying one but after seeing her in my dreams for a few nights (literally), I couldn’t resist!!

For someone who’s not familiar with 120 film, the Diana F+ was my first experience. As soon as I got the camera in hand, I started shooting without even looking at the manual. I shot the first roll at the office and used iso 100 film and no flash since I couldn’t find batteries at work. So, I ended up with only a few photos from a whole roll. Those are the ones without the perforations.

It’s hard to buy or develop 120 film in Turkey and when I asked around, I found out that people tend to turn their 120 Diana into 35mm cameras by putting in rubber or plastics into the back and then unloading in the dark room, rather than spending the time and energy for 120.

I guess it’s a good thing that the Diana+ 35mm Back was created and that I got it along with my Diana F+. However, I need to warn you before you get started: what you see is not what you get!!! In my first 35mm roll, all I got was half faces and only a fraction of things I saw in the viewfinder. But as I got used to the fact that what I got as a result was half of what I saw, it became a great convenience. I have a great number of options concerning the size I shoot. I can shoot regular size photos, make it panoramic or even see through the perforations of the photos :) And I have to admit, the perforations look so cute on a photo :)

So now I can shoot as much as I want with 35mm and get them developed easily, and when I want something more nostalgic, I can switch back to 120 as well. My options are endless with this baby!! And I can’t keep myself from going out every weekend to a different part of Istanbul and of course my Diana F+ is always by my side :)

written by nural on 2010-01-07 #gear #plastic #review #diana-f #perforations #diana-35mm-back #anadolu-kavagi #35mm-fuji-iso-100 #120-fuji-iso-100 #eminonu


  1. lomo-art
    lomo-art ·

    Nice tale! It continues puzzle always a smattering, but that makes Lomo also this way nice.

  2. coldkennels
    coldkennels ·

    My girlfriend's had one of these for a few months now. We bought the Diana+ and Diana Mini bundle together, and I took the Mini, but while the mini's getting consistently good shots, about 90% of every roll she uses (whether 120 or 35mm) comes back completely blank. Has anyone else had these problems? The shutter mechanism seems to work fine, and she's using the flash, correct settings, high ISO film etc. I just can't understand it.

  3. nural
    nural ·

    I usually get half blank as well but I think that its related with lighting. I tend to use it in dark places as well and that doesn't work at all!!! and the flash actually eats up batteries so fast!!!
    All I can suggest is (and I hope to take this advice as well) try to shoot i lighter places...

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    3 and 8 are super nice !

  5. kia81
    kia81 ·

    I recently bought the 35 mm back but when I develop my films I couldn't see the perforations on the images. Any suggestions? Thanks!!

  6. htimsical
    htimsical ·

    my 120 film always comes back 90-100% blank as well. No idea why. My Holga works perfect so I'll stick to that one.

  7. tonez
    tonez ·

    for the people questioning their films (the negatives) if it comes back clear the shots were to dark and if it is black to much light so adjust to the conditions and you should be fine

  8. terastar
    terastar ·

    I'm so happy to see that I'm not the only one whose first roll from the diana was rubbish! This gives me hope for the future. Wish me luck on my next roll!

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