You might think that a camera as small and cute as the Diana Mini is a gimmick – just a little something to take on holidays for snaps. And though it’s a fine camera for doing just that, there’s more to it than just taking snaps! Take advantage of its versatile features and turn your camera into a creative powerhouse!
It’s easy to think of the *Diana Mini* as a bit of fun and that’s understandable. It’s undeniably cute. But don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s a throwaway camera with not much depth because this camera has a lot of it, more than most point and shoot digital cameras will ever have.
For a start, this is not your average 35mm camera. With two switchable modes you can shoot in a unique square frame (how many 35mm film cameras let you do that?) or a film-saving half-frame mode for those times when you’ve not much film and lot of things to take photos of. And, you can switch between the two modes whenever you like. No need to wait until you’ve finished a roll, just flick a switch and you’ve changed modes just like that.
And then there’s the two shutter modes, Normal and Bulb. Normal works just as you’d expect but Bulb mode, to those of you who don’t already know, is where you can get truly creative. Holding the shutter down in Bulb mode keeps it open until you let go of it, meaning you’re able to shot long exposures whenever you like. Perfect for night-time shooting (who can resist a motorway shot with red and white streaks shooting along the road?) this mode is also great for experimentation. I often shoot in Bulb mode during the day for an extreme over-exposed effect. Couple that with switching between square and half-frame modes at will, not to mention only winding the film on a little and you can get some amazing artistic effects.
But what I’m really loving about the Mini at the moment is just pointing the camera at things I like and taking nice simple square photographs. Just focus (the Mini has four focus settings from 0.6m to infinity), click the shutter and move on. It’s a camera that can be an artistic tool or just something to record your day with. As I said, she may be small but she packs quite a punch!
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!
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