She’s more than just a miniature version of her sister, the Diana F+. Rather, she’s everybody’s darling and a true keeper. Read on after the jump to learn what’s so special about this little camera.
I was lucky enough to get my Diana Mini for free at Photokina 2010. I remember looking at her through the plastic wrap of her packaging, not sure what to think of her. Sure, she looked cute – but I wondered how much I would actually use her.
Little did I know that I would fall head over heels for her. This camera has changed my vision and it is now my favorite camera.
Why? Well, just looking at pictures taken with a Diana Mini, you’ll notice this lovely vintage charm that we all love. It’s different from her big sister, the Diana F+, but special in its own way. The images her little plastic lens produces are dreamy and soft, the vignette is noticeable, but not too strong.
The Diana Mini is a camera that is incredibly easy to use. It takes regular 35mm film, which is really convenient. There are two apertures available, F8 for cloudy days and F11 for sunny days. The shutter is fixed at 1/60, but there is a ‘B’ bulb setting. Shutter cocking and film advance are not coupled, allowing for multiple exposure madness. Or you can make endless panoramas, or anything in between.
Personally I am in love with the square format.
Occasionally, I use the half frame format too. Half frames are awesome, too. I love the way you can communicate a story using them. I should use it more often, but I just love my squares that’s why I don’t shoot in half frame mode as much.
I find that the Diana Mini works very well with redscale film. It emphasizes the vintage effect and goes well with the square format.
There’s just one more thing that needs to be said: The Diana Mini is small! Her tiny size and minimal weight allow you to just throw her in that bag or in your jacket pocket and to carry her around all day.