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Diana mini vs Diana

I was stumbling on a lomo guy's desk months ago and saw Diana Mini's prototype and instantly every possibility of such a little gadget lit up. That hugely admirable guy could've told me the whole story but I was soon being pushed away from the birth place of such cute, cool, fancy 35mm camera by other lomo guys sworn to keep the secret. The mini will certainly touch people's heart and I suggested them to add a keychain type of strap so people can hang their mini on their bags like a charm. At least lomo should have a different camera strap instead of the usually ugly ones the produce.


I'm among the first to grab a Diana Mini in the world, just last night. Reason being that not only does the Diana original was a Hong Kong product, its current versions are manufactured still in China and Hong Kong is the closest hub to dispatch mini to the rest of the world. Even though lomo offices world wide was having a little teaser to launch the mini on the same date, we Hong Kongers are lucky enough to have it first logistically speaking.


Without the 24mm lens (not that it is removable), the Diana Mini is smaller than a LCA. You can shoot 35mm film in half frame or square with just a flick of switch between your shots, I'm sure this means the Diana 35mm back will get a lot less attention. The tiny mini feels actually more solid than its mother not only because of natural density but the solid clicks of the 4 switches (shutter, exposure, N/B and frame switch).


I'm yet to load film to the mini coz my son is still playing with it. He has learned how to use the flash tonight, once he learns how to turn the focus dial I will let him do his very first roll of film photography. You should see how he likes this cute camera, he grabbed it almost instantly and asked before he tried the shutter. After a few shots, he showed me the back of the camera for photos he shot :)


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Taken on August 22, 2009