Thursday, 17 February 2011

The Diana F+


A few weeks ago, I entered a competition to take part in 'The LoBlography Challenge'. The prize was to try out a Diana F+ Toy Camera over a period of two weeks - with developing and film all courtesy of Lomography.com! With only 10 places available in the challenge, I didn't think I stood much of a chance, but I was delighted to discover that I was accepted!

The challenge officially started on Tuesday, and it involves competing against the other 9 bloggers to gain the most comments on our Diana F+ based posts - (so I'd love it if you could help me out there, hehe)! The overall winner will win a brand new LC-A+!

So without further ado... introducing my new Diana! Isn't she beautiful?


The camera came in a box with lots of added extras - including this lovely little photo book, filled with immaculate examples of photos taken with the Diana, as well as a little bit about its history, shooting techniques, and a few interviews.

Being a lover of all things from the 1960s, of course, the Diana with its simple yet stylised aesthetics really appeals! Back in the 60s, it was sold as a novelty 'Toy Camera', costing just one dollar per camera - but it was discontinued in the 70s as it didn't take off. It was later revived by analogue photographers, attracted by its unpredictable outcomes, including vignettes, light leaks and random contrast.


I've already taken my Diana for a day out, shooting various sights in the city centre. I'll be sure to post up the results once I get them back from the developing labs!

Have any of you used a Diana before? How did your photos come out?

Sadie xxx

P.S. I'd like to say a big thankyou to one of my readers, Holly, for notifying me about this challenge! You can find her Lomography account here - I particularly love her shots of Brighton sea front!

38 comments:

Vicky said...

Must admit, I'm rather jealous. I've been after a Diana F+ for ages now. Really can't wait to see the photos you take with it x

mauranne said...

oke, i'm jealous! i really want a diana F+!

Sophie said...

It looks amazing, looking forward to seeing what pictures you have taken.
Sophie
x

Ayten Yildirim said...

Never seen this kind of cameras before, they look so cool! Well done with the comp, and look forward to seeing pictures!

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Gem said...

Wow, what a great challenge. I would love to try ebfore I buy because I'm not a good photographer and I would like to see if they are easy to use and give good results for a novice. Can't wait to see your photos xx

CLAUDIA KITTEN said...

The camera looks so cool!
Claudia xxx
www.claudiakitten.blogspot.com

sophiemakesthings said...

Oh so beautiful! I've been longing to try one of those Dianas out :) cant wait for your outcomes, I just put two of my holga films in for developing, they'll be up on my blog when I get them back! lomography is very exciting :) x

hannah, heart city said...

Very cool! can't wait to see what you come up with! i have a diana mini i've been neglecting- need to bust that back out!

kate maggie said...

Good luck girl!! I need a diana so badly. Im always so jealous of everyone elses pictures they take with them!! x

Laura said...

I'm so jealous, I've always wanted a Diana! x

Looby said...

I've ALWAYS wanted one of these...I think its going on my birthday wishlist :) cant wait to see your photos! looby xx

Rosie said...

Looking forward to seeing your pictures - I'm so jealous!

Rosie x

Please may I? said...

What a fab camera!

Good luck with your challenge.

X x

gee said...

oh i love/want that camera.
good luck with the challenge.
xoox

Hayley said...

I'm so jealous, I love all of the cameras that Lomography sell. I'm just about to buy a Diana F+ lens to put on my SLR - I know I'd never get the film developed!
Looking forward to seeing your pics!

Babes in Thriftland said...

Can't wait to see the pictures you come up with. I've been eying this camera for a while now. Good luck and I'll be sure to comment!

Kat said...

I would be glad to help you get closer to the prize! Goodluck and I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

vicky said...

I don't really think these new Dianas can beat the original old Diana 151 but good luck in the comp!

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

Gongrats for being chosen. I have a Diana, and I love her. :)

E is for Eleanor said...

Ahh I bought my own original Diana from a jumble sale for 20p :) Have just bought myself a Diana Mini and I can't wait to use it :) Good luck in the comp! x

Phara said...

I love that camera, but I'm thinking about buying a Diana in a mint green colour, the dreamer version, so so so pretty.
Good luck with the challenge, hope you win!
X

The Snow Child said...

that is very exciting!

Victoria said...

You lucky duck! Good luck with the contest!
I can't wait to see what pictures you come up with.

Jessica said...

How cutteee! It uses film?

Mackensie Perry said...

i cant wait to see your photos! you are so lucky! :)
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avid chancer said...

it was sold for a dollar?? How much is it now? If its really expensive now I have to say that's lame.

Andrea said...

Oh, I can't wait to see how your pictures turn out! I'm interested in buying the diana f+ with the instant back...

ellio100 said...

I have a diana mini, but unfortunately after using it on a couple of trips I went to get the film developed and they couldn't do it because I'd wound the film on wrong :( I'm sure you'll have better luck though :D

Libby said...

A dollar? Wow! I can't wait to see some of your photographs.

Prince Cherr said...

It looks like a fantastic little camera! Will be interested to see the results (:

Rocaille said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your shots! x

katieafox said...

Wow looks fantastic, I'd be more than willing to carry it around with me even if it WAS a mere toy! Can't wait to see your photos Sadie :) x

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Izzy said...

Wow such a great opportunity! I love those cameras, shame that I'm rubbish at saving up. Hope you visit back :)
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Charlie Dart said...

Wow love the camera babes, I am soo getting myself one of those. Looking forward to seeing the results! (I heard that some handsome chap was meant to be starring in them)
xxx

Eva said...

Such a cute looking camera! Good luck with the challenge :)

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Holly said...

wooo this is awesome :)
thanks for the mention :)
stil havent made my blog yet, booo..... one day, one day...
xx

naiveinnovator said...

Lomo cameras are awesome!
I have Diana Mini and I love it! :)