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?
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!