Open Wide! Diana 35mm Back + 38mm Super-Wide Lens


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 Diana+ 35mm Back is a uniquely lovable feature of the Diana giving users the ability to go from the usual 120 film format to the traditional 35mm. But that’s not all!

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:

Square with exposed sprocket holes
Panoramic with exposed sprocket holes
Standard Panoramic
Standard Landscape

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!

Take time to visit the Diana+ 35mm Back Microsite and Diana+ 38mm Super-Wide Lens Microsite for more info!

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.

written by jojo8785 on 2011-07-16 #gear #35mm #review #35mm-back #tipster #lomography #diana #diana-f #super-wide-lens #user-review #requested #hybrid #wide-38mm


  1. beatnik_eyes
    beatnik_eyes ·

    would the 55mm wide angle lens work this way as well? i mean, to make the pics bigger? :D thnx

  2. jojo8785
    jojo8785 ·

    @beatnix_eyes - I dont think so. The 38mm lens replicates what you see the best so thats why I suggest using this lens with the 35mm back.

  3. n_aish
    n_aish ·

    Hi there! I had a question.. I was wondering if you (or someone else who's reading this) would happen to know how much exposures you will get will the panoramic setting and a 24 exp roll? Thanks in advance!!

  4. jojo8785
    jojo8785 ·

    @n_aish I cannot remember - it will be a few less though - 16-18 at a guess? Keep shooting until it runs out and then you'll know :)

  5. christalvantonder
    christalvantonder ·

    Hey, thanx for some great tips! Can I change from the N to the P setting halfway through a film without taking out the film?

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