Oh Diana

Posted inPhotography and Design
Thumbnail for Oh Diana

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.

I got my first three black and white rolls back and a few of them turned out quite well, though I’m still learning what to do with the aperture, the pinhole setting, and how to compose my shots.

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.

Anyone have tips or hints about the Diana? Do you prefer a Diana or Holga camera?