We received an impressive array of equipment from the folks at Lomographic Society to test and review...almost too much, with The Diana F+ Camera accompanied with additional lens packs and a 35mm film adapter. Christmas came early, but we've been relegated to keeping our behinds stuck in the office chair due to deadlines. So we called in a good friend who lives nearby and who makes his bread and butter snapping photos for Metromix LA as their photo editor, Shane Redsar. After a couple weeks of use, Shane came back with the following impressions of the Lomography Diana+ Camera...
Shane: "What's the draw of what first appears to be a toy plastic camera? Besides the insta-retro kitsch value they imbue to any décor, the images they produce are as unique as your fingerprint. The recently re-released Lomo Diana F+ wins out over the tried and true Holga in terms of build quality, upgradeability and just ease of use.
One of the biggest draws for me are the interchangeable lenses. With the ease of an SLR, I could switch from telephoto to wide with a simple twist of the wrist. Also, happy accidents were made to happen on the Diana. Evidence is the roll of film I exposed for a test run. Not only did I accidentally cross process the slide film (I failed to mention it to the developer), but unplanned double exposures became the fav photos of the set.
An accessory I wish was added to the already impressive line up of Diana add-ons would be a travel case to hold the lenses and various backs in an easy to access manner (there is a travel case, but just for the camera body itself). Many times I would sort through the many drawstring bags provided with the various lenses, wondering which lens was which. Maybe Lomo will pop one out for the absolute Diana fanatic. Other than that I can't find any other fault in this stellar Diana kit. It really has helped me rediscover why I love photography."
[Photos: Shane Redsar of Metromix LA]