Just take a look here:
and if you want a real Diana... then try Ebay
Yes, try ebay (or similar) if you have to have a Diana. Or, you can probably get a Holga, if that's ok too, from the Hong Kong seller at a fairly cheap/inexpensive price with shipping. If you just want a "cheep" camera maybe the flea market & church sales are where to go. If you want a funky camera where ALL the images will have some faults or others, then a Diana or Holga, et al will be what you want. Check the Squarefrog and Flickr sites for more info and to see what others are doing with these cameras.
I hope this helps you.
I think its worth it. People spend untold amounts of money of photography equipment. What's 100$ You get a nice new package. Plus I think those in the toy camera analog world like us should support places like Lomography. They have to earn money to survive. You would be suprised how much a business costs to run. I am fine with my Holga but I will probably buy the diana too. You can get it with the book for $45 from freestyle in Los Angeles, no flash though!
Holgas from ebay have been fine in my experience. Bit slow, but okay (I got one for my birthday last year but it took an extra week or so to arrive). None of my holgas have been bought through lomography.
Sadly I don't use the holgas much anymore, I use ilford sportis(singular Ilford Sporti) that give slight vignetting but are a bit sharper and have a real aperture arm which gives me more flexibility.
From what I've seen of diana+ images and talked to someone who owns both, I don't think I want a diana anymore; I think most of the "cool" looking images taken with diana's are done with bulb mode and out of focus, eg, just crap photographer along with crap camera. Holga is nice enough for me if i want an effect more weird than the ilford sporti camera.
I have several Holgas and just picked up the new Diana from Freestyle a couple of weeks ago. I have begun testing it and am extremely pleased with the images it has been cranking out so far. It has a look that is similar to the Holga's, but without the light leaks, and it is a slightly cropped image so it has some sharply defined borders. I like the Diana's aperture switch a lot, it really expands the possibilities one has with this camera, without getting overly complicated. Big bummer: no hot shoe for a flash, which is one reason why this is not a replacement for my Holgas, but rather a companion to them. And to be honest, the book that Lomo includes with the camera leaves much to be desired. While it has some very nice images in it, its text is mostly a lot of self-serving Lomo rubbish, chronicling some very fictional accounts of how Dianas touch people around the world...I can hear the violins now. That aside, I'd say it's very much worth the price here in the States. I don't know how much it would cost to ship to Australia.
BTW, speaking of Holgas, Freestyle just added a few new ones to their web site...looks like two pinholes and two 35mm variants. Interesting...
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I'm fine with supporting businesses that supply me with enjoyment, but I have a strong aversion to the way the "Lomographic Society" (lomography.com) presents itself.
Originally Posted by anaanda
First, the pretentious name - they're not a "Society", they're a for-profit business. Second, their business plan seems to be their own cheap-camera version of "tulip mania" - cheap/toy cameras are fine-to-great in and of themselves (and in the right hands, of course), but the overinflated pricing on these cameras simply because they apparently give magical powers to the photographer annoys me.
If there was a legitimate "value-add" going on it wouldn't bother me (or not nearly as much), but all I see is a giant marketing campaign - in particular dubbing people "lomographers" (why aren't they just "photographers" who prefer a particular brand or category of camera - I don't see anyone being or choosing the label of "Nikographer" or "Canographer" or even "SLRographer").
I do have a Woca and a Holga from Freestyle, which I've recently pulled out again, and I'm tempted to buy the Diana+ for the lack of light leaks, mostly - but right now it's questionably useful for me without a flash - but I certainly won't be buying one from lomography.com, so I guess I'll wait for Freestyle to stock the Diana F+ as well.
Anyway, that's my rant for the day
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i can't wait to take a picture of my thumb with this beautiful camera.
- phirehouse, after buying a camera in the classifieds
read this thread, and I am quite amazed how little people seem to know about the Diana, and it's special qualities!
Originally Posted by Akki14
the quote above is just slightly offending. If Akki is more content with the Holga, then it is fine.
my wiew: NO! NO other "crappy meniscus lenses" will do the same and cheaper. (I know of one lens that looks like Diana in Large format, but for one, it is more than 10 times more expensive that the most expensive Diana camera I jhave ever seen, and secondly: that's not the point. Diana camera is a camera - medium format - light and challenging to use.
the quote "just crap photographer along with crap camera" is another misunderstanding.
the idea that if you only have a Diana camera then you will get fantastic images...
one needs to practice! a LOT! it is easy enough to play wrongly on a Steinweg Grand Piano...
it takes time to learn how to use this camera - and know when not to use it.
if you do this, then you might get fantastic images. Pure Diana, and in a quality, that nor other camera (known to me) are able to make!
that includes HOLGA and the new Diana F+!!
the new one is definately not a Diana camera - rather a HOLGa in a Diana disguise.
the images taken with the new Diana are far from the images taken with the Diana "clasic".
on the Lomo page, where I ordered the new Diana F+ was full of descriprions on the dark corners . the vignetting og this camera.
looking at the book that came with the Diana, this shows a lot.
however: this is not the characteristics of a Diana image. Any camera (or rather lens) can produce dark corners - and going in a darkroom will just make this easier.
the quality of a Diana is different.
it is in the distortion of the off-center image - especially if your main subject appears far away from the background.
it is like a "frozen zoom" image.
it is the camera that makes a newly wed, and photographed (with Diana) woman state, when looking at the results: wow - this is just like I felt!
in my humble (or not so humble) opinion, the Diana camera is a superior tool to capture feelings - common history - moods.
so go for the old Dianas! pay the (not overpriced) price - practice - practice - practice, and you will not regret it!
by the way: I am never going for "nice enough". I'd like to go further.
thats why I am still practicing.:rolleyes:
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Holgas used to be $8 five years ago. The cost of plastic didn't go up 375% in that time; the hipster value of the Holga name did.
Originally Posted by anaanda
It isn't the cost of doing business, it's the profit of doing business with the uninformed and the pretentious.
Thanks for all the replies so far. I think what caught my attention when I saw the Lomography email about the Diana was that I suddenly realised that was (I'm pretty sure) the exact type of camera I had as a kid. I do agree that the recent surge in interest has caused some crazy pricing, but I also agree that Diana photos have a unique charm.
kevin i feel bad that some are giving the plastic cameras a bad rap.point is if they seem to expensive to you than that is a decision you make.yes they are more expensive today but that is what happens with supply and demand,so i will extend an offer to you.i have a banner camera which i believe is a diana clone but lacks the ability to focus.it is fixed focus.i think it works but i have never used it.i will send it to you on the condition that you send it back within a reasonable amount of time or if you really like it,i will sell it to you for 5 dollars plus my actual shipping cost.i think 2 months would be what i consider a reasonable amount of time.send me a pm with your address if interested,i dont think the shipping will be very much as the camera is very light.let me know....hope it helps.