Simple MIY: Mod It Yourself


Who hasn’t been amazed by seeing someone, either on the site or in real life, with a modded camera ? I know I have… Telling myself: “aw man, that looks so cool, I wish my Diana were more original than it already is!”
Well here’s a little something that I hope, will give some of you the motivation needed to MIY: Mod It Yourself !

First I had to choose, which camera I wanted to mod. Easy pick: in my opinion, the easiest mutable lomo camera, the Diana F+.

I didn’t go for something too hard to do, I’m on vacation and didn’t want to pull my hair out, trying to figure out what cool mod i could do. I did have in mind at first an R2D2 mod (but that implied buying extra parts to add to the camera). So i just went for a simple Pokemon paintjob.

The Diana F+ is a plastic camera, so you don’t want to use any Graffiti spray paint on it. Acrylic paint is the way to go. Plus you get to paint old school with a paint brush, instead of just spraying on a cap.
The coolest part ? You can paint whatever you like on your favorite camera ! I chose Pikachu. My favorite pokemon. Come on… he freaking shoots lightning blots out of his cheeks and body!

Pikachu is definitly a winner !

Usefull things to remember:
1. clean you camera first, dust and paint don’t mix well
2. be sure to tape any part that you don’t want paint to get on (or remove em if possible)
3. take the time to do a draft of your masterpiece, you can even outline your draft with a crayon
4. HAVE FUN painting your camera, I know I did !

Voila, hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did typing it.

Lomolove on people !

written by mikahsupageek on 2010-10-10 #gear #tutorials #paint #tipster #modification #diana #pikachu


  1. ongrui
    ongrui ·

    a pokemon? are you serious? how old are you - like 4 or something?

  2. calebski
    calebski ·

    awesome tipster mikah!

  3. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    pikachu,mikah! :D

  4. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    @ongrui does it really matter how old I am ? and to answer your question yes I'm serious about letting my inner child express itself !
    @calebski & @adi_totp Thanks guys =)

  5. azzzy
    azzzy ·

    cool shit! cant wait for my hols to get started on my holga.

  6. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    @azzzy thanks buddy =)

  7. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    it's nice! never kill the child in you :)

  8. juanix
    juanix ·

    so cute mikah!

  9. catarella
    catarella ·

    Ahah! Super! =D Pikachu is just the right pokemon for the camera! It also flashes! :D

  10. reneg88
    reneg88 ·

    hahahaha! so cute! gotta catch 'em all!

  11. mochilis
    mochilis ·


  12. brettac
    brettac ·

    My Diana Mini, I did it a few months ago with some tape, a handmade stencil, and some spray paint :)

  13. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    yeah funky mod :D stay kid ;)

  14. copefan
    copefan ·

    never act your age.......... as it means you are far too old!
    Love the camera i might even pimp one of my Dianas.......

  15. nural
    nural ·

    OMG that is soooo cute! I wanna do something like this but I'm afraid if I screw up, I'll hate the cam :(

  16. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    @brettac cool mod dude =) love the pink mustache :)
    @copefan be sure to post here a link of a photo if you do mod yours =)
    @nural if you use acrylic paint like said above, um the paint is easily removed if necessary, and nothing stops you from repainting over the first coat of paint =) you can also take the time on the draft if you're too afraid of screwing it up on the first try =)
    @All thanks for sweet comments =) Kids Mind Rulez

  17. freezedudul
    freezedudul ·

    wow can u paint my diana f+ too mikah? :D

  18. elletra
    elletra ·

    fantastic! great idea, it's super cute too!!!

  19. kiteflyin
    kiteflyin ·

    I do believe this has made my day.

  20. bryson
    bryson ·

    cant wait to do this on my holga! :)

  21. storyteller
    storyteller ·

    great job, Mikah.

  22. randomteaparties
    randomteaparties ·

    This looks like fun. Great job on your cam.

  23. alicemichele
    alicemichele ·

    aw, i love it!

  24. drhenryjekyll
    drhenryjekyll ·

    Ahah... Pika Power :D ... Funny, but not for mine ! I'd prefer a Boba Fett Mod :D

  25. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    Love it, so cool :3

  26. savethemarianne
    savethemarianne ·

    Such a good idea, and I'm a proud pokemon fan too!!

  27. warning
    warning ·

    Pika and Mikah, nice team. Well done señorito.

  28. ndroo
    ndroo ·

    Cute! Cool!

  29. peteparker
    peteparker ·

    really cool!

  30. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    @freezedudul hahaha sure, but I believe you'll have more fun doing it yourself =)
    @kiteflyin Glad it has =)
    @bryson Be sure to show me once you've done it =)
    @drhenryjekyll GO GO GO Boba Fet rocks too =)
    @savethemarianne Gotta catch em all =)
    @all the others THANKS everyone =)

  31. fed
    fed ·

    Nice job.I bet you get some confused faces when you´re shooting out in the street!
    Here´s my modded Holga:…

  32. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    @fed Thanks =) yer I do see confused faces when i'm shooting in the streets, usually kids are the most intrigued and ask me is that a real pokemon camera ? :p cool red mod on the holga, i've been meaning to paint my LCA too to have it black and red =) wheel of fortune on the rewind knob too ? :p

  33. jcwolf
    jcwolf ·


  34. katzpe
    katzpe ·

    I love it! Ive been meaning to mod my Holga, maybe now I'll be inspired enough to actually do it.

  35. cannibalistickiwi
    cannibalistickiwi ·

    Oh pikachu- what a lovely camera you make~
    If I were to do a poke-cam I would have done Raikou hands down though x3
    Infact... I might have to take some paint to my Oktomat now~

  36. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    @katzpe Be sure to show us if you do =)
    @cannibalistickiwi Thank you =) paint that red spider-eyed camera ;)

  37. ghost
    ghost ·

    i paint my holga, often. its fun! :D

  38. lola_moon
    lola_moon ·

    very cute and fun! rock on with yr inner child =)

  39. monga
    monga ·

    hey there, love the idea.. i live in india and its hot and sweaty for most of the year..will the acrylic paint stick to the hand if there is any moisture?

  40. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    @monga As long as you give enough time for the paint to dry once you've finished painting your camera, it shouldn't stick to your hands even with a lot of moisture in the air !

  41. giuli
    giuli ·

    i believe this is my favorite camera EVER! well done :D

  42. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    @giuli thanks =)

  43. hannah_cinnamon
    hannah_cinnamon ·

    very cool
    i'm definitely going to do my diana mini

  44. nation_of_pomation
    nation_of_pomation ·

    Pokemon will always be the coolest thing in the world, it's just a question of which are your favorite. I have no idea how I'd paint a Holga to look like Alakazam or Gengar, though.

  45. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    @nation_of_pomation Gengar will probably be easier to pain, purple base, white teeth, black lining, and pinkish eyes ! easy peasy ;) do it :p

  46. ashdammett
    ashdammett ·

    Someone paint a hello kitty Diana!!

  47. bccbarbosa
    bccbarbosa ·

    I wanna paint a lightning bolt on one of my cameras!! Great idea Mikah!! Thnx for the tip and please never grow old!! =)

  48. johnnyhotcakes
    johnnyhotcakes ·

    so nice!

  49. batness
    batness ·

    Interesting! My Instructable on how to paint a Diana was featured on Instructables. Would be cool if it was on Tipster so those who aren't able to paint with a brush can learn to DIY a camera too! :D

  50. leendabob
    leendabob ·

    so cute!

  51. hidings
    hidings ·

    How cute!

  52. a__beautifulsound
    a__beautifulsound ·

    Very cute mod! I love the Pikachu :D
    I've always wanted to give my Holga a nice paintjob, but I have yet to decide how to decorate her~

  53. ashrafkuma
    ashrafkuma ·

    niceeeeeeeee :D

  54. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    wooooooooow! love it! how many have you painted??? really nice!

  55. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    Is it water resistant?

  56. jusrina
    jusrina ·

    this is so cute! do you think that it'll work for a holga 135bc?

  57. nural
    nural ·

    lol r2d2 would be cute too!!! But this is really lovely!!! Nice paint job!

  58. alexiagraphy
    alexiagraphy ·

    hahahahahahahaha X''D oh god, so nice :'D

  59. aoizumi
    aoizumi ·

    Oh this must be the most awesome mod i've seen! I guess matching Charmander/Bulbasaur/Squirtle Dianas are in order :D

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