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    AViVA - Lo-Fi SLR

    I saw this plasticky SLR at my local camera store. A real SLR with a 40mm f/2.8 fixed lens, which has markings that say "Great Wall", perhaps referring to the grandaddy of all toy cameras, the maker of the original Diana camera? It costs about $45. Has anyone tried one of these yet? I looked on Flickr, but there aren't any images taken with this camera. If you've sighted one of these in the wild, let me know.


    Thrift Store Find - Bedfordflex 127 film Twin Lens Reflex camera 


    I found this little gem in my local Goodwill store. The camera's nameplate fell off, but based on other images of similar cameras that I have found on the web, I believe it to be a Bedfordflex. It's a nice little camera. As an added bonus, it had an exposed roll of 127 film in it. I'm not sure if there is anything on it, but since I will be testing a c-41 film processing kit, I will process the film myself.

    127 film, while rare, can still be found at online stores like BH Photo Video or Freestyle Photo Supply. It's a paper backed roll film, about the same size as 35mm film. The availability of this size film makes finds like these working cameras rather than obsolete display cameras.

    Check out the Where to Buy Section for links to the stores that sell 127 film.

    Cost: $2US


    The Lomography Diana Instant Back

    This is an adapter to use Fujifilm's Instax Mini film with the Lomography Diana +, F+ and Diana F+ clone cameras. It won't work with vintage Diana cameras or Holga.

    The prints are 8.6cm x 5.4th with an image size of 6.2cm x 4.6 cm.

    Out of the Box , Installation and Loading videos are on the way.


    Fremont Bridge

    Fremont Bridge

    Originally uploaded by kaiy

    Early evening at the Adobe building in Fremont.

    Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim, on Fuji Pro 400 H.


    Removing the Diana+ Lens

    Removing the Lomography Diana+ lens the first time takes a little bit of elbow grease. If this is the first time that you have removed the lens, it may seem that the lens is not going to move or that it is stuck. What you must do, is grasp the lens barrel very firmly, look at the dots on the barrel of the lens and give a very sharp, but quick twist. The lens only needs to move about a 1/4 inch, and it is only necessary to apply enough force to overcome the initial resistance. Be firm. Once you have removed the lens, it will get easier to remove with use.

    Check out the youtube video showing how to do this.

    All my how-to videos can be seen on my youtube channel: