Open Wide! For this review, I also need to explain why it matters to use the 38 mm Super-Wide Lens along with the Diana+ 35mm Back. So, it will be kind of a review-tipster hybrid article…but stick with me!
Diana F+ and all her delightful accessories make her one popular lady in Lomography world. Her versatility, simplicity, and vignetting win over many a Lomographer worldwide…I should know, because she seduced me in 2010 and I haven’t looked back!
The best feature of the 35mm back is that it has 4 different format frames that slot into the camera before you load your film so YOU choose the format of your final shot:
Much more choice than your standard 35mm camera eh? My personal favorite is the panoramic with exposed sprocket holes. LOVE! <3
Which leads me to my two best tips for ensuring that the 35mm back (in particular the panoramic frames) work for you!
TIP #1 – Use the 38mm Super-Wide Lens when shooting panoramic.
If you invest in a 35mm back, you should also invest in the 38mm Super-Wide Lens. This lens enables your panoramic frame to capture more of what you see by making your image appear farther away, compensating for the size difference between 120 and 35mm film. It gives you very little distortion so that what you see is (almost) what you get.
It’s useful to also ensure that you center your image vertically when looking through the viewfinder. See this tipster for more details.
TIP #2 – Check your film advance is set to ‘N’ for standard formats and ‘P’ for panoramic.
I changed my film once and took several shots before realizing that my camera was set to ‘N’ and I had the panoramic frame inside. This meant that the film was winding on too short between shots causing image overlap:
I found this out accidentally but there is proof that some people LOVE this look.
Basically, to avoid first-time disappointment, don’t forget to read the many and varied tipsters for the 35mm back and if you love panoramic – get the 38mm Super-Wide Lens too.
So go ahead; indulge in the simplicity and variety that is the 35mm back for Diana!
The Diana F+ is a new twist on the ‘60s classic cult camera. Famous for its dreamy and soft-focused images, the Diana F+ is now packed with extra features such as panorama and pinhole capabilities. Available in our Online Shop.