DIY Filter Holder for the Diana Mini


In which our hero devises a plan to secure his filters to the lens of his beloved Mini adding spectacular colors to his images.

I didn’t have the filters yet, but I was immediately thinking of how to secure them to my Diana Mini lens. After some trial and error and a roll of tape I had the answer.

To start, what you need is a toilet paper tube. That cardboard tube from when you’ve finished the roll. That will fit onto the Diana Mini lens perfectly. Take a razor knife and cut a piece 3/4 of an inch off the end. Next, Cut a slit a 1/4 of an inch from one end of this smaller piece. Cut that slit until it almost cuts the entire 1/4 strip off. Leave it connected, though. You’ll slide the filter into this. I taped the backside of mine up to make it last a little longer.

Slide it onto the lens (the filter will will touch the lens, but with no ill effects that I’ve noticed just yet). Set your focus distance, throw in a filter and shoot! It’s that easy.

Here’s a sample of some of my favorite shots using this setup:


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!

written by rrohe on 2011-09-01 #gear #tutorials #camera #tipster #filter-diana-mini-35mm-color-diy-homemade


  1. girl_named_sue
    girl_named_sue ·

    Gotta love a craft activity involving toilet paper rolls.

  2. waldofaldo
    waldofaldo ·

    i wish somebody would make a tutorial of how to do the same thing with a 135 Holga! great tipster though, props

  3. rrohe
    rrohe ·

    @waldofaldo actually... i rigged one up for another camera i have. since the lens tube was bigger than a toilet paper roll, i took two short lengths of tube. cut them so that they were no longer tubes, overlapped them over the lens to get the right diameter and then taped them so they made a larger tube. cut the end to hold the filter as above. enjoy! hope that helps.

    thanks for all the likes :)

  4. waldofaldo
    waldofaldo ·

    @rrohe ahh, why didn't i think of that?! thank you very much! i will definitely be trying this then. by the way, what did you use as filters?

  5. rrohe
    rrohe ·

    @waldofaldo i got gels from apollo design

  6. waldofaldo
    waldofaldo ·

    @rrohe not quite sure what that is but thanks anyways haha

  7. blinghaha
    blinghaha ·

    Nice! Will try this soon. You can use coloured plastic wallets or for crinkled effects sweet wrappers! :)

  8. rrohe
  9. realisticdreamer
    realisticdreamer ·

    Toilet paper rolls are the best!

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