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REVIEW: Diana Mini

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-07-26

Diana Mini

Specs:

Lens: Plastic 24mm f/8
Closest Focus: 0.6m (2ft)
Aperture: f/8 - f/11
Shutter: About 1/100 or B (Bulb)
Copal Leaf shutter
Light meter: None
Battery: None
Flash: Special connection so it can only take its own flash.
Weight: 125g

Takes 135 film
24×17 mm or 24x24 mm negative size.


Viewfinder:

Very simple and small viewfinder but do the job.


It's a square but the edges are darker so you can see the frame from 24x24 and 24x17.


Image quality


Analogue B&W film


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Bokeh

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Flare / Backlight
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More sample images can be found at:
http://www.sample-image.com/diana-mini/



Build quality

Very, very plastic as expected from a camera like this.

 
Operating
Diana Mini


Conclusion


A camera that I must say that delivers what's expected.
It is a so called toy camera so everything is plastic which even the lens are.

Image quality is very poor but with a nice feel.
Do feel that the image quality can be a little too poor sometimes.
But it's a plastic lens on a small film size.

There are some things I don't like about this.
Biggest one must be the shutter button.
It's stiff at the beginning and snapps at the end.
This makes it very easy to shake the camera just as you take your shot.
Which have ended up with quite a few shaky images.
I have pressed the camera against the eyebrow when I look thru the viewfinder which have worked quite good against this.

Then you have how the camera spaces the frames on your film.
If you use the camera at half frame you will get two pictures on the size of a full frame as expected.
But when you use the square frame the camera spaces the exposures as a normal full frame.
Meaning that you get a lot of free space on your frame which is not used and you don't get as many exposure that would be possible.
I would guess that they made it like this so it would be easier for labs or when you scan your pictures.
So this is both a good and a bad thing depending on how you use it.

It is also a very lightweight and small.
But the front part with the lens etc. sticks out alot which don't make it a very pocket friendly.

So with all this said I must still say that it's a very fun camera to use but with its drawbacks like most cameras like this have.


Thumbs up:
Image feel
Very lightweight

Thumbs down:
The poor image quality can be a little to much
Camera shakes caused by stiff shutter button
Not very pocket frienly



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Film: Kodak Tri-X 400
Developer: Kodak D76

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