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    Diana+ Camera - Long Exposure

    Diana Shutter Release Lock

    Are you having trouble getting the little bit of plastic (the Shutter Release Lock), to stay in place when you are taking a long exposure? There is a right way and a wrong way to place the lock. See the photo. The L part of the lock should be towards the body of the camera. I find that fumbling with the camera while trying to place the Lock in place can cause quite bit of wobble. If my exposure is less than 15 secs., then I just hold the shutter down. For longer exposures, I put the lens cap on (not seated all the way), and then place the shutter lock in. Then, when I'm ready, I take off the lens cap to start the exposure. To stop, a light tug on the Shutter Release Lock leash pops it out.

    Edit: 6-20-08
    Instead of using the little plastic shutter lock, consider making an improved one out of a wood clothes pin. Check out my how-to video: /?p=80

    Holga Camera vs. Diana+ Camera

    Holga vs. Diana+
    Holga vs. Diana+

    Film: both take 120
    Negatives: Both shoot 12 5.2x5.2cm negs
    Holga can shoot 16 frames as a rectangular 5.2x4.2 , Diana can shoot 16 square frames 4.2x4.2
    Both have tripod sockets.

    Both have 1 shutter speed, and B (bulb) for long exposures.

    Holga has only 1 aperture (2 aperture settings, but same aperture)
    Diana has 3 apertures.

    Diana+ has a pinhole aperture and removable lens for pinhole photographs.

    Holga has a hotshoe, Diana has no flash provision.

    Better lens quality? Holga camera is slightly sharper. Does this make it better? Many would argue it puts the Holga in the minus column.

    Diana has a handy little plastic tool to hold shutter open for long exposures. Holga does not, but you can purchase a shutter release attachment that is easier to use with a cable release. For night photography, the Holga with accessory cable release attachment has the edge.

    Holga is $25, Diana+ is $50. (http://www.bhphotovideo.com)

    Results: almost even. If you plan on doing lots of night or flash photography, get the Holga. If you would like to also explore the world of pinhole photography as well as plastic camera photography, get the Diana+
    For the best of both worlds, get both!

    Which would I rather have with me? Jury is still out on that one, I am currently testing the Diana+, and will have a better opinion when I can compare the results of the prints.

    The Average Cost of a Diana

    The week ending Dec. 14, 2007, the average cost of a Diana or Diana clone was:


    sample of 20, excluding Diana Plus

    How much does it cost?

    What does it cost to use a Diana camera? Does the cost of shooting film make a Diana too expensive as opposed to a digital camera?

    The cameras themselves are relatively inexpensive. ($35-50 for a Diana+, $25 for a Holga camera). The cost of consumables, i.e. film and prints, is not insignificant and it is good to think about it before jumping into a film camera. What sort of photographer are you? Have you been photographing for awhile, and are now thinking about buying a Diana? Do you want to shoot black and white or color? Where are you geographically?

    If you want to go mail order, some people have recommended Dwayne's Photo to me.They are based in Kansas and will process and print 120 film.

    12 exposure process and print, 4x4 prints. $4.99

    12 exposure process and print, 4x4 prints. $5.99

    Cost for the film itself will depend on the type of film you use.
    BW films
    Ilford HP5, 1 roll: $3.29
    Kodak TriX, 1 roll: $3.15

    Color films
    Fujicolor Pro, 1 roll unboxed: $3.59
    Kodak Portra, box of 5 rolls: $22.29 ($4.46 per roll)

    (priced at http://www.bhphotovideo.com, a photostore in NY and

    Check out these websites, they'll help you get a handle on the cost of the materials. How much it will cost you, will depend on how much shooting you plan on doing.

    Review: The Diana+ Camera (Diana Plus) - Part 2

    How well does the Diana+ make photos? Were the people over at Lomography able to capture the same magic as original Diana camera that has captivated photographers from all over the world?

    One of the areas of concern with the Diana+, is that it shoots 5.2cm x 5.2cm negs, like the Holga camera, and uses an insert to get the more Diana traditional 4.2cm x 4.2 cm. Will the Diana+ be more like the Holga and less like the original Diana?

    For the first roll, an original Diana was used along with the Diana+ shots, so the negatives could be compared for differences.

    Here are 2 pairs of negatives from each camera. Both cameras were set to the shutter setting (Not B) and cloudy aperture, with Tri-X pro film. The Diana+ was used without the insert.

    Negative Comparison

    The relative size of the objects in each corresponding negative is very similar. When the negativesĀ  were overlaid on a light box, the objects were almost identical in size. The Diana+ with the mask produces almost identical sized negatives as an original Diana. The original Diana negative is exposed a bit more, but probably due to a slower shutter. The image itself shows the classic vignetting on the edges. The larger negative area shows more fall-off in the corners, but that is to be expected. If the film mask in an original Diana was filed out, you would see a similar increase in vignetting. There is a sharp sweet spot in the center of the image, and the newspaper headlines can be clearly read.



    The next image is that of a TV on the sidewalk. Here, there is no sweet spot, but a overall softness. Some would consider this to be bad, but this is characteristic of a classic Diana lens. As with an original Diana, sharpness is an unpredictable element.