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Crane Beach with my Diana Camera

On cloudy days like today, I like to break out my film cameras for fun. Lately the camera that I’ve been hacking around with is my Diana camera. Diana cameras were invented in the 1960s, and, since they have a plastic lens, the focus is always imperfect. Which makes for some really dreamy, surreal types of photos (perfect for a day with lots of clouds). I bought my Diana on Ebay a few years ago, and it came with the original box which was pretty cool. But if you wanted an easy way to pick one up, they sell new ones (that are made to act like the old ones) at places like Urban Outfitters.

The other great thing about the Diana besides the imperfect focus? There are only two settings. One is for the light (clouds, clouds + sun, or just sun), and the other is distance from your subject (4-6ft, 6-12ft, 12ft to infinity). It’s great to photograph with when you just want to turn your brain off and take some photos for fun!

A few photos that I took with the Diana at Crane Beach in Ipswich. I love their dunes trails!

Anyone else using any fun cameras with interesting effects?

 

  • The Daydreamer - Oh, thank you for sharing this – although I had heard about these cameras I had no idea about the resulting pictures. As a daydreamer, I can only admire the sense of magic haze that surrounds them :-)ReplyCancel

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