Today I’ve decided to share my latest obsession with you: Lomography. I’ve wanted a vintage film camera for ages, but I never really thought about investing money in it – my iPhone + Instagram was enough for me. However, I’m going to Disneyland soon (très excited) and I really don’t want to take my expensive DSLR camera with me in case I lose it or break it. Plus it’s very big and I don’t want to take it on rides.
I decided that a camera by the popular ‘Diana’ brand would be perfect, and Urban Outfitters had a sale on their cameras, so I picked up this Diana Mini “superstar” camera for £35 (reduced from £55). It’s so tiny, which is perfect for taking on trips, and I love the sparkly design. I also like how it takes regular 35mm film, and can take square Instagram-like pictures as well as half-frame shots.
I didn’t have any experience with film/analogue cameras previously, but I found this very easy to use. Lomography cameras are also known as ‘toy cameras’, and are famous for their beautifully artistic ‘light leaks’ in the photographs produced by them.
Needless to say, I am now obsessed with my Diana, like so many others! I also purchased lomography colour negative 100 ISO film, which I’ve heard works great in bright sunlight, so it’s ideal for my outside Disneyland pics!
I haven’t actually finished a roll of film yet, so I don’t have any developed photos to show you yet, but when I do I’ll make sure to write a blog post showing them.
In future, when I get better at this sort of photography, I’ll invest in a Diana F+ which is a bigger version that has more settings, and takes 120mm film (you can also get an adapter so it takes 35mm film). The other main reason I’d like to try a Diana F+ is because you can get an adapter that takes Polaroid instant pictures, which is pretty awesome if you ask me.
Have you ever tried lomography?
All the best,