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4.0 out of 5 stars fun!!!, June 5, 2010
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This review is from: Lomography Diana Mini with Flash (Electronics)
Ok a few things here. I've shot a bunch of holga and pinhole over the years and this is probably one of the funnest.

It takes the dreamy diana photos that we all love, except instead of filling up the entire 35mm frame it uses about 2/3 of it and makes a negative that is on the normal film setting you get about 45 shots or so on a 36 exposure film. Since i make prints manually its not a big deal, it might take a little manipulation on your part to make it look normal in a scan.

Do not play rough with this camera, if you find the film not advancing when you twist the knob click the shutter, when starting a new roll sometimes its tricky to get the film to feed and advance properly. Listen for the 'click' when the new frame is in place, and do not attempt to force the knob. if you feel the film is a little too tight coming out of the spool, reduce the tension in the spool via the film rewind knob.

The metal prongs that hold the film in place will probably scratch the back of your film, you can solve this either sanding them with some fine grit paper or putting a small strip of cellophane tape on them.

The flash is more than adequate, so much so that i wouldn't recommend using at close distances unless you have low iso film loaded. However do not leave it connected to your camera and then throw it in the bag.

Also this camera has a cable release as well, which is just another bonus on an already great gadget.

100 bucks is a little pricey, but its pretty unique and the pictures it takes are pure win. Overall i am happy.
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Initial post: Jun 15, 2010 9:27:15 PM PDT
Hello, I was wondering if you could answer a question about this product for me. Which hotshoe adapter did this come with? One so that you can use any hotshoe on the Diana Mini? Or one so that you can use the Diana Mini flash on any camera with hotshoe compatibility?


In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2010 7:24:35 AM PDT
sorry for the late response as amazon doesnt notify you if you anyone replies to your reviews. it has both a three prong and a hot shoe adapter.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 8:44:40 AM PST
great review. I have a quick question: you were saying that you get about 45 shots on a 36-exposure roll of film. But if I'm getting the negs developed (and prints made) at an external developer, they'd probably not be able to subdivide the film into 45 before making prints, right? So how would I get these developed easily (e.g. drugstore, target photo) for those of us that aren't able to do developing or printing ourselves?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2011 8:00:49 AM PST
In a few places, I've had to request that the negatives remain uncut so the machine wouldn't accidentally chop though a photo. Once i had properly cut negatives (cutting them myself) , it was a matter of explaining to the technician how I wanted the negatives scanned and printed. Most places shouldn't have a problem with scanning the negatives, but to get a perfectly square print you may have to have it printed on larger paper and then trim the white border off yourself.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2015 2:02:59 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 15, 2015 5:09:45 PM PST
edis says:
You simply don't get more than 36 normally, it was false claim - normally squares are positioned in the middle of standard wide-frame, and thus achieved by wasting film and wasting photo paper, if printed. Unless you have some different early model, or implement special system of winding by clicks, which is not at all default design of the camera. Which is built extremely poorly. But is great fun, when you got patience to deal with it, and learn in the process.
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