Click Guide for Diana Mini (53 Photos From a 36 Exposure Roll)

2011-09-05 30

An easy add-on to your Diana Mini to monitor your clicks, and get 53 square frame photos from your typical 36 exposure 135 film. Check it out!

We love the Diana Mini Square frame and the more accessible 135 format is indeed a true delight! However, while other square frame 135 cameras, such as the Taxona, can yield more than 50 exposures, the Diana Mini’s mechanism only provides for 36! Hence, the film is not maximized! An awful waste!

An article written by ululchen details how we can get more out of our Diana Mini by counting clicks, instead of relying on the camera’s film advance mechanism. In doing so, we can have as much as 53 square photos out a 36 exposure roll of film. Inspired by her brilliance, I made a Diana Mini click guide that can be taped at the back cover of the camera. With this tool, I was able to easily monitor the clicks.

On the top portion, the numerals indicate the number of clicks to be made. The boxes below each number indicate how many times you will use of that number of clicks. Begin of course with the highest number.

Follow these steps:

1. Once you have downloaded the Diana Mini click guide, print, cut and stick it on your camera.

2. Load your film, and put on the back cover. Advance the film with 27 clicks. Mark the first box under number 27. Shooting tIme!

3. Again, advance the film with 27 clicks. Mark the second box under number 27. Shoot again!

4. Advance the film with 25 clicks. Mark the first box under number 25. Shoot away!

5. Repeat the process until your film runs out!

Important note: If you are in the middle of counting clicks, and the advance mechanism jams, do not force it. Simply press the lens barrel onto your stomach and press the shutter. You may now continue with your click counting.

I hope you like it! Share it to everyone! You may post it on your blog, facebook, or twitter! The only thing I ask in return is that you give me due credit. Thanks in advance!

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 renenob on 2011-09-05 #gear #tutorials #diana-mini-top-tipster #camera #tipster #economic #lomography #click-guide #diana-mini #more-shots #square-frame


  1. polka-dot
    polka-dot ·

    hmm nice idea- unfortunately my Diana Mini doesn't "klick" :-(

  2. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    This is a nice guide. I always try to do "mental" clicks, but often lose count along the way :D

  3. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    This is fantastic :)

  4. aimanafiq
    aimanafiq ·

    nice! will try this ASAP.

  5. megzeazez
    megzeazez ·

    This is great! Think I'll try it with my next roll.

  6. fischkombinat
    fischkombinat ·

    This tipster is a good opportunitie to take out the diana mini again and to try this with a new roll. Thank You!

  7. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    this is awesome! try ko nga para masulit ang film. ;)

  8. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Awesome!! What about for a roll of 24? Message me if you can :)

  9. renenob
    renenob ·

    @natalieerachel: you can use the same guide. I am not sure though how many shot you will make. probably 35 shots.

  10. midasjack
    midasjack ·

    Genial! Es justo lo que estaba buscando!

  11. mariaratfingers
    mariaratfingers ·

    brilliant!! i've been trying to count clicks on my mini but could never figure it out so precisely! thanks a lot!

  12. psychicd
    psychicd ·

    i really want to know if using 120 on holga, we can maximize it up to 14++ frame using 6x6 mask..hrmmmm..

  13. ariannapaloma
    ariannapaloma ·

    sorry, but... does diana mini film advance when you just click? really don't get this point! :(

  14. renenob
    renenob ·

    @ariannapaloma: When you rotate the Diana Mini's advance knob, you will hear clicks. Those are the clicks that we will count. NOT "click" as in pressing the shutter.

  15. renenob
    renenob ·

    @psychicd - I think it's possible, but I have not tried it yet

  16. ariannapaloma
    ariannapaloma ·

    @renenob ooooo, yes! got it now! was easy, actually! poor me! ;) thanks for the quick answer and for the useful tipster. i'm definitely gonna try it!

  17. johan34370
    johan34370 ·

    thank you this is really a great tip!! :)

  18. louwest
    louwest ·

    Great tip - anything to save money on the cost of films is great! Will try this out as soon as possible.

  19. der-lennart
    der-lennart ·

    Sounds really helpful. I going to try this with my next roll of film.

  20. attelid
    attelid ·

    this is a wonderful idea! I'm going to try it when I finish this roll! :D

  21. theycallmeelton
    theycallmeelton ·

    Wow, amazing tipster! I LIKE! :)

  22. liquorice
    liquorice ·

    Thank you for the wonderful tipster! (:

  23. pangmark
    pangmark ·

    this is fab as i like the squares but, don't they go so quickly? Will try this out as soon as i find the tipster about unjamming my mini

  24. carlota_nonnumquam
    carlota_nonnumquam ·

    Perfect tipster! Thanks!

  25. davideji
    davideji ·

    Amazing! Thank you :))

  26. litumai
    litumai ·

    always love saving tipsters! just printed it out! ill share my results! thaaaanks!

  27. triky76
    triky76 ·

    @juano este es el artículo que te dije!!

  28. mokitax
    mokitax ·

    Awesome! I must try it!!! Thanks ;)

  29. wendyatatime
    wendyatatime ·

    Has anyone had luck using this click guide for half frame photos?

  30. jennimendoza11
    jennimendoza11 ·

    Do you have to start counting clicks as soon as you load your film or do you get to one first and then start counting clicks

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