Miniature Elegance


The Queen Diana F+’s sister of Diana Mini, but with the convenience in size, film, and shape! I got my Mini this past Christmas. The first time that I saw pictures of and from it on lomography, you could say that I fell in love in an instant. She was the perfect, little plastic camera.

Diana Mini, Diana Mini; what is there to say about the princess of squares and half frames?

(Any sane owner of a Diana Mini loves her because she’s the perfect companion.)

Producing pure squares and cute half frames, I knew I had to have her. So I started saving piggies: writing articles, entering more competitions, writing requested, tipsters, anything I could! And by Christmas, I’d saved around 75 piggies and my dad promised to pay for the rest of the package (with the Diana F+ Flash) as my Christmas/birthday present.

Here’s a short blog entry that I wrote about my experiences waiting for my Mini:

Okay now I’ll shut up about that now and talk about the camera:

Princess Mini shoots in convenient 35 mm film format and has two modes: square and half frame.

She has four points of focus: 0.6 meters, 1-2 meters, 2-4 meters, and 4 to infinity. I like to shoot things that are relatively close so I use .6 and 1-2 meters quite often. Sometimes I turn between the two if the object looks like it’s closer than 1 meter.

She also has the typical N and B modes, where N is automatic shutter and B is a long exposure that you control depending on how long you hold the shutter down. Most of the time I use N mode, but for some night shots I use B:

(These were both shot in B mode.)

There is also a Sunny and Cloudy switch at the bottom of the lens, but I usually don’t fiddle with it because I haven’t seen much differences between settings. I usually just leave it on Cloudy.

One of the greatest things about the Mini is that it has holes at the top for the Diana F+ Flash! The Flash is the perfect accessory for the Mini. With it’s bright flash and assorted color gels, it’s the spice to your photos.

Diana Mini is the best camera to take with you anywhere: day or night, inside or out, sunny or cloudy, goofy or serious photos.

Night time shots accentuate colors when you have the Diana F+ flash attached, and the darkness takes out the background, bringing your subject to the center of attention.

I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet. The Diana Mini can also do multiple exposures and panoramas if you like. The camera stops you automatically when you’ve reached the next photo, but you can always cover the lens with your hand, click your shutter again and keep shooting to extend your panorama!

(Multiple Exposure)
(Overlapping panoramas)

However, there were a couple of things that confused me.

One was the viewfinder, sometimes it cuts off the top of the photo because it is higher than the actual lens. And when you look in the view finder, things look farther away. But these are things that you can adjust yourself by moving your camera higher or simply walking closer to it.

(There were supposed to be two signs in this photo.)

The other thing were these black edges that came up on my photos every now and then. I haven’t quite figured out what they were yet. Maybe someone else knows?

Even with these quirks, with this camera, you’ll never be let down. That’s why she’s my constant companion and I take her everywhere with me.

My mini even got me photo of that day! How’s that?

This camera is the princess of Diana cameras, and if you do decide to buy one, she won’t disappoint you were beautiful squares and story-telling half frames.

written by natalieerachel on 2011-03-12 #gear #review #beauty #lomography #diana-mini #film-camera #user-review #companion

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  1. fafascinado
    fafascinado ·

    I love mi diana mini petit noir too!! :)

  2. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    What the heck is wrong with all the super tiny/cut off pictures? D:
    That was the best part about my article.....haha.

  3. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    @fafascinado Yeah she's pretty much perfect :)

  4. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Nice job. It looks like you've really learned how to use your MINI. Lots of people have trouble using them when they first get them.

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