I just recently bought the lomography reproduction of the Diana camera. For those who don’t know, the Diana was made in the ’60s but thought a failure because of the light leaks and unpredictable photos it produced. These quirks were of course intriguing to some photography daredevils and the Diana (as well as her sister camera, Holga) became a cult favorite.
My first foray into using the Diana I had to retrain myself after each “click” not to check and see if the picture was worth saving or deleting. Finding a place that develops 120 film isn’t too difficult in San Francisco, but you can’t just drop it off at Walgreens and pick it up in an hour.
Dianas are now sold in Urban Outfitters and it seems like analog technology is once again making a resurgence. It takes more time and money than a point-and-shoot camera, but the unpredictability and dreamy shots are what makes these cameras so intriguing. Also, it’s pretty exciting to get a roll of film back from the developer. Like opening a present.