Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 4:11AM
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.