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Extremely lightweight, in fact it feels a bit like a toy as it is made from plastic, also alot smaller than the original Diana+ and therefore perfect to keep in your handbag.
The camera does not produce high quality photos rather the plastic lens gives photos a warm retro feel, and produces interesting pictures. There are lots of features to play around with, for example long exposure etc. I am a total beginner and I have managed to take some lovely pictures just through experimenting, with no expertise needed. The Diana Mini is also compatible with the Diana flash which I would highlight recommend if you intend on using this product inside, or in the evening etc when lighting isn't as good.
One disadvantage to this product is the fact that it is a small camera and can be quite fiddly to load, espoecially for those with bigger fingers and thumbs! However it takes standard 35mm unlike the Diana+ which makes processing easier.
Overall a cool product to experiment with and produce lovely vintage feeling photos however be careful with it-it is not very resilient. I broke my first one quite easily through sheer clumsiness.
I bought the Diana Mini when I was first starting to get into Lomography photography as something new to experiment and practice with. I had read that it was perfect for beginners, and I was proved right and then some!
The Diana Mini not only looks great, but has many functions to help you experiment, which is what I found very appealing. One of the greatest qualities of this camera is its capability to change between the retro square format and the rectangular half-frame format. The square format allows you to take the standard 36 images per film; this feature creates very aesthetically pleasing images. The rectangular half-frame format allows you to take 72 images in one film, which is ideal for those who want to get more for their money. It is also amazing for experimentation as this feature also allows you to create panoramas and abstract images, as long as you have the imagination, your shots should come out amazing as there are endless things to do with this format. It is also possible to create overlapping multiple exposure images in both functions, it's easy to do, you just take another image over the last you took by not winding the film on, often creating beautiful unique images.
There is also a possibility to change between the functions in the middle of the film, and the results can turn out to be fantastic, but in my experience the guys at the photo lab were a little confused at my film at first! If you're able to, it may be a good idea to just get them to process your film and you scan the negatives in yourself to get the desired effect you want!
There is also a function within the camera that lets you take images with long exposures, this is the 'B' function, and is very easy to use and again creates beautiful images. There are also 'Sunny' and 'Cloudy' settings on the camera, to makes sure you get your images just right in the weather you find yourself in.
The camera has a wide angle lens, which means that you can choose what focal distance to use when taking an image, ranging between close up and far away.
I have found whenever I have shot with my Diana Mini, the images always have a warm vintage feeling to them, which is very desirable and look great! At first I found slight difficulty in getting my images right, but it is so easy to correct this!
The Diana Mini takes 35mm film, so therefore needs the standard 35mm film development.
Because of the camera's miniscule size and light weight, I found that it was easy to take along with me in my bag and just point and snap as needed. It is also very useful as it has a tripod mount on the bottom, ideal if you are taking portrait snaps.
The camera comes with a book entitled 'Shoot forever' which gives you some great inspiration in taking your images. There is also a very detailed instruction book included in the package, making it easy to understand your Diana Mini.
Overall I would recommend this camera, it doesn't matter whether you are a beginner or not, it is fun for all and can bring out the creative side in anyone!
I bought this little lomo camera with £40 for christmas. I picked it over its sister Diana+ because Diana+ uses 120 film, and there isn't any place that develops 120 film near where I live, and even if there is, it usually costs £20-30+. Diana mini uses 35mm which is a lot more common and cheaper to develop.
The major selling point is definitely the framing: there are two modes which you can pick: rectangular mode, which you can do 72 shoots (ie. half frame), or the normal square mode which you can do 36 shoots. I love the vintage feel of the square format so I usually use the latter. There are 2 choices of aperture (f/8 and f/11), a bulb mode which allows you to experiment with long exposure. Like Diana+, the plastic lens gives the photos an awesome vintage touch which I love. If you like to use it at night, Diana mini is also compatible with the Diana flash. It's smaller than Diana+ and easily fit into handbags, so really good portability.
This is a great camera if you like the plastic vintage touch of Diana, but not sure if you want to spend loads on medium format films. You get the best of both worlds!
The Diana+ Mini Camera is the logical step for Lomography, producers of hit toy cameras that reinvent old time low-fi, bottom end market cameras into symbols of hipster chic. This particular model, a sort of little sister to their best-selling Holga, is a reimagining of the novelty gift Diana camera produced by the Great Wall Plastic Factory in Hong Kong in the 1960's. As high-ended cameras became more accessible, novelties like the Diana died out setting the scene for the Lomography craze.
This particular model is the miniature version of their Diana+, which means it takes standard 35mm, has a few little bells and whistles unique to it's particular model. There's a setting to help with long exposures and it is compatible with the flash produced for the Diana+ camera. It can take pictures in a square frame format or be altered to take Half-Frame shots allowing you to get a little more bang for your film buck.
However, this shiny new features are probably the least important aspects to a Lomofan. The strength of the Diana+ is exactly in what makes it a flawed camera - the light leaks, the blur, the dreamy fuzz, the odd shadows that appear from nowhere - the same as any other product in the Lomography range. This isn't about expert photography, more a lifestyle/artist statement as reflected in the Lomography slogan - 'Shoot From the Hip' - if you're looking for predictability and control, look elsewhere or get a lomo filter for Photoshop.
In slavish attention to detail, apart from adding the aforementioned bells and whistles, the camera itself literally could have (and probably has...) just rolled off a mass-production belt in Hong Kong. The body is made from plastic and is slightly disconcertingly light-weight though this is a problem I have with all lomo cameras, considering the price, you'd think they'd make them from something a little more hard-wearing although the plastic casing has grown on me as a sign of it's 'authenticity'.
However, the plastic insides make me a little nervous - loading the film can be fiddly and I'm always worried about breaking something so I'd advise extreme caution and a light touch when handling the camera. Taking pictures couldn't be easier once you've set up and it's a joy to use for experiemental shots. Again, wouldn't advise toting it around in a bag or pocket (though there is a rather fetching strap...). You can buy a variety of 35mm film and the whole concept of Lomography is to encourage experiementing, creativity and a devil-may-care attitude. Probably best not to take your only wedding photos with it but it definitely has a place with off-the-cuff social gatherings, especially in sunny weather where the light effects can be spectacular.
The Diana+ Mini comes in a little packaging including instructions (though I've found online tutorials and advice to be much more helpful) and a book about devotees to the Diana and their work.
It's difficult to enthuse about this camera to someone who has no experience with them - I own three cameras from Lomography and think they are over-priced (my top tip is to scour Ebay, you might even get lucky and find an original Diana for a good price) - so in essence, you do have to connect with the 'aura' of the product, please excuse my kooky phrasing. It's a crying shame that they didn't attach a flash to this camera which makes increasing it's usefulness very expensive. However, if you're interested in art and photography, you probably won't regret this purchase even if it's not a great overall camera, it's still an item with it's own unique charm and abilities.