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Lomography Diana Mini Camera
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2011
ok first things first
this camera is about a third of the size of the Diana F+ camera
it doesn't have a removeable lens and is a little more basic then then Diana F+ camera, so this little camera easly fits in a pocket or handbag.

you have two frame sizes on this camera :
24x17 (half frame) this frame size gives you 72 shots on a 36 shot roll of film
24x24 (square frame)this frame size gives you 36 shots on a 36 shot roll of film.

the lens is 24mm with 4 focal options :
0.6 m, 1-2 m, 2-4 m and 4 m to infinity.

the lens barrel has two appertures cloudy and sunny
the shutter trip (release leaver ) and also a cable relese mount ( screw thread )

the winder is a little diffrent from the diana F+ as this will stop winding on after each shot so when you feel it tighten STOP or you break your winder or film possiably both.

you can change frame size durring a roll of film but read the instutions on how to do this as it requares you taking a blank shot with the lens cap on.
My advice though if you are gonna take your 35mm film to a local processing lab and they do not know about lomgraphy they may not be able to understand how the framing has worked
( my processing was all done by lomography ) however i have stuck to the one frame size per roll.
the Diana F+ flash fits perfectly on this so if you already have a diana F+ flash you dont need to buy one.
i got this version of the diana mini as it was the same colour as the diana F+ delux kit i got and the flash was a perfect match.

whats in the box?
ok your box is tiny and as with all lomography products the packaging is really cool.

you get your Diana mini
a Plastic neck strap ( on the camera )
the shoot forever book ( this is not a manual )
diana mini manual
and lens cap ( this is hidden in the packaging )

all in all a fab little sister of the diana F+
if you have the diana F+ 35mm back this will give you diffrent options I also have that and this was NOT a waste of money, this is definitly a brill addtion to you lomography kit.
its also a brill starting point into lomography if you have a cost issues as the half frame mode will give you value for money on prints.

a little about this seller one word FAB will defo buy from the seller again.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2011
Bought this camera after already owning a nikon slr. I have been interested in film cameras and have seen the results of this camera. It is very light weight and perfect size for your pocket. Also taking the 35mm film that can be processed anywhere unlike the diana f+ that take 120 film which is much harder to develop. Great product and very quick delivery.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2010
To review the seller - Quick postage, simple transaction.
The camera - fab little affordable Lomo camera, great for those just venturing out into Lomo, uses 35mm - simple
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2010
my favour­ite pur­chase for quite some time. it's pack­aged in a lovely present­a­tion box with a manual, lens cap, strap, hard­back book and the camera itself. it's com­pact but sturdy (mine's the white ver­sion), has adjustable focus, 2 choices of aper­ture (f/8 & f/11), a bulb mode and the coolest shut­ter release i've ever come across. another fea­ture is that as well as taking the stand­ard square expos­ure it has a fea­ture that allows 2 por­trait pho­to­graphs to be squeezed onto each frame allow­ing 72 shots from a 36 expos­ure film. mul­tiple expos­ures are also easy to achieve.
they ooze style i think.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2013
Wanna give retro film photography/lomography a go ? well you could do much worse than this camera but it beguiles it's cute toy like look. If you want crisp, perfect photos every time this won't be for you but if you want the lomo soft focus retro style come on in.

The camera will bring an instant smile to your face it is truly a thing of retro, tiny beauty and I mean tiny the body is about the same size as pack and 1/2 of playing cards with the lens protruding about an inch in front.

You essentially have only 3 shooting controls

(1) Shutter - 2 setting (i) N = 1/60 second for most circumstances inc. flash or (ii) B = bulb/variable. the longer you hold down the longer the shot. The later feature is great for effects and with a tripod and cable release great for night shots. The 1/60 may be more of issue as the chance of camera shake is more likely than on many other basic cameras which use faster 1/125 or 1/250. It also presents an issue with bright sun and medium- fast film. Unlike most cameras the shutter realse isn't locked so you can do multiple exposures per frame (in my experience by error rather than intent)

(2) Aperture - 2 settings for sunny (f11) and cloudy (f8). Fantastic on a camera for this money

(3) Focus -erm... well the focus ring doesn't really do much - google focusing diane mini an see the flickr article. The exception is for really close shots
(4) Shot size. produces unusual frame sizes a nice retro 24x24mm negative (you get 36 on 36 exp roll) or a 12x24 frame (72 on a 36exp roll). Bear this in mind when processing

The camera has a plastic lens and combined with the shutter tends to softphotos and there is little you can do about it. So if you want that dreamy retro feel great but no so if you want to take crisp shots. Also
s will give slight curvature as wide angled.

The camera uses standard 35mm (135) film which is widely available and can be found cheaply (certain highstreet discount shop sells rolls of branded film for £1 as all the rest of the stock sells for-you know who I mean). Processing can be done cheaply too if you trust your rolls to the supermarkets (many folk do but should discuss with shop first due to frame sizes).

No flash but you can use the diana F flash units. Note the flash fitting is non standard (although the flash does come with adaptors to allow you to use a standard flash gun)

Many folk talk about being gentle with the winder. Would heed their advice as you don't want to snap film or ruin your sprocket

Great value at under 30 quid before P&P but is this what you are looking for ?

For the same money You can also get other lomo cameras like the Holga (with flash) or a second hand camera (vintage stuff and more turn of the century all singing/dancing autofocus models like the canon ixus aps series)

I knock of a point for limited focus ring and propitiatory flash fitting
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2013
Very nice and responsible seller. The camera looks so cute as well, I will pick up a good weather and try it after a couple days. Like it so much, It worth the price!
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on 12 November 2012
Bought this for my sister's 16th birthday. She loves it because obviously it's very trendy and 'hipster' but also useful and creative.
One minor fault though is that the box does not come with film, which I did not realise; and film for this camera is understandably quite expensive (but there are lots of different kinds which are all quite cool).
I would recommend this as it is a good quality and interesting camera and very easy to use.
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on 25 August 2014
Arrived very promptly at my request. Camera is cute and the packaging is great. Instructions inside are simple to follow. Picture quality is somewhat poor but this may get better with practice. Overall very good quality for money. Although, currently the camera is not being used because the film (which is half used) does not want to wynd on.
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on 2 December 2014
It's exactly as described but the Diana Mini has some problems. I can't get the number to wind on after I take a picture but I believe that the film is winding- but I can't check this without opening the back and ruining the film. I googled it and it seems to be a common problem.
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on 22 November 2013
arrived before estimated delivery which is always a bonus,
loads of youtube videos if you get stuck
nicley packaged
I took some awsome shots the other day that all came out.
and you get a cool little book with it.

I would recommend !! good value
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