What a fun!
After years of using digital cameras only for my photography, I got a magnificent Diana F+ from my family for Birthday. This camera is a modified version of a model from the 60s now produced by Lomography.
Completely built from plastics, this camera feels like a real time warp. I think just the carrying belt of my Canon EOS 60D weighs more than the whole camera including the funny flash. It offers 3 f-stop setting (sunny, partly cloudy and cloudy), 3 focus positions and 2 exposure times (“the” pre-set exposure time or “B” for as long as you hold the trigger). Despite its simplicity it even allows the photographer to choose from a set of lenses. The climax of luxury is the plug-in flash that comes with the Diana.
By default it works with a 120 film.I had never worked with that type of roll film before. And it turned out to be very surprising experience as I expected it to be much more complicated than it really is.
Reading about Lomography cameras and all their surrealistic colors and heavy vignette in magazines and on websites since years, I was curious in how my new old camera will work. So we used a beautifully sunny Sunday and took off to a photo safari to an old cemetery in Stuttgart (Pragfriedhof). After completing the film with some indoor shots – amazing how long it takes to capture 12 pictures if you know you only have these 12 – I just today got my first analogue pictures since years back from the laboratory.
What shall I say? Not all pictures of the first film are useable. But most of them are – take a look!
There are still a lot of lenses and other accessories in my kit that I did not try yet. I am bursting with curiosity!