The lovingly recreated Diana+ by Lomography is the ugly duckling in my collection.
However, looks can be deceiving; I’ve had some excellent results with this baby since I bought it last year.In fact, it’s slowly becoming my favourite plastic camera!
Lomography have added some funky bits to the package, like the possibility to shoot 3 different formats: original square images (16 square 4cm), full frame images (aprox. 5.2×5.2cm) and endless panoramas! Pop in a different gate and start shooting.
That means I have to test both options here: images without a gate, making the images look blended into each other on the sides. Or, pop in the Endless Panorama gate, which means that the images have only a little to no gap or overlap between them. Both very attractive options.
First, Diana’s NO-GATE option:
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Not too shabby, is it? This by the way in MTV in Camden.
I’ve taken plenty of them, using some Fuji RMS (pushed by two stops on a very bright day), as well as some on Fuji T64 Tungsten on a rather overcast day. Needless to say, the latter came out RUBBISH – although I pushed them by two stops. T64 is dark, blueish and has limited colour scope. Let’s stay away from anything lower than 100 ASA in the future, shall we?
I like the ones from the sunny day, although I do see a rather harsh overlap between images. I’d prefer a more blended look. But then: is that the actual camera, or would more sun get rid of this problem?
All I know, Pink Holga does it beautifully – and Diana (with no gate) doesn’t. Next!
We’ll be back for Diana when we pop in the Endless Panorama gate.