Diana F Users Can Have an Aperture Around Their Neck


“Son, get you a light-meter and your shot won’t be wrong!” Ok, but what if I, light-meter in my hand, keep on forgetting the features (f/stop and shutter speed) of my Diana F? Don’t worry, tattoo it: around the neck!

Last time I went to the lab to get my freshly developed rolls, the guy behind the desk warned about many errors in the shots I took with my Diana F+, concerning mainly under- or overexposition of the film. I have to admit he was right, and, unluckily, the ease in using digital photography has left me a bit confused about having a good combination of ISO, f/stop and shutter speed. He told me no problems, just get yourself a “light-meter”, so I got me a couple of them for free one on the iPhone, but each time I take a shot I forgive the shooting features of my Diana F+.

At first, I thought about tattooing them on my forearm, but why not do it on the Diana?
So reminding me about something I read for the pinhole exposures,
I went to check on the net the features of my “Diana F+” (I did it also for my “La Sardina”) and noted them down on paper.

What you need is just:
1. A piece of paper
2. Scissors and pen
3. Some adhesive tape, preferably a double tape

Cut out a strip of paper long enough to store all your info and large something less than three times the width of the Diana strap. Pre-fold it around the strap, so to evidence the zone in which you have to write. Write down all the infos. Then cover the inner part of the strip with the tape and cut the border to achieve optimum fitting on the Diana F+ strap.

Here is mine, and I know it won’t help much, but I tattooed it also on my “La Sardina”:

Hope it could help some other beginners as me!

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 pandaisdead on 2011-08-27 #gear #tutorials #aperture #tipster #diana-f #quickie-tipster #select-type-of-tipster #select-what-this-tipster-is-about #f-stop #hand-craft #diana-f-features #shutter-speed-diana-f-users-can-have-an-aperture-around-their-neck


  1. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    Nice idea but I think the aperture are wrong for the standard lens and the shutter speed too! The cloudy setting is f8, partial cloudy f11 and the sunny f16, no? And the shutter is 1/125th too, right? It should give you the same exposure though! I need to figure out the aperture for the other lenses though!

  2. pandaisdead
    pandaisdead ·

    Hi Nicolas, thanks for your comments. I've got my info here: www.flickr.com/groups/diana_plus/discuss/72157602173511433/
    but the topic seems quite discussed (see the post of Gimel Vav). I'm gonna check it better.

  3. noe_arteaga
    noe_arteaga ·

    NO, @pandaisdead has the correct specifications!

  4. artebari
    artebari ·

    I've got the same values 11/16/22/150

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