I’ve been fascinated by the concept of websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. I’ve seen so many products start their lives as a backable project make it to market, as well as seeing some monumental flops along the way.
Over the years I’ve watched from a distance as Lomography have listed project after project on their Kickstarter account. Releasing some beautiful lenses such as The Petzval and even film stocks and cameras including this one!
The project went live on Kickstarter on 20/06/2018 and ran for a month.
The backer reward packages from Lomography have always been pretty good. I got in as an early backer and saved 30% if my memory serves me correctly. But the packages ranged from these early bird savings all the way up to a Lomography trip costing you $999 to back the project.
In the end, funding for the project closed with 2,124 backers pledging $283,981
So with that being said, have yet another Diana to add to my collection! This makes it 3, leaving only the Diana Mini to collect!
This camera shares so many similarities to it’s namesake such as the basic spring shutter, plastic lens, zone focus and picture based aperture settings. Honestly this camera is not easy to use. It takes a lot of time and dedicated effort to make sure you get great images out of it. Taking a pack of 20 shots out over a few trips, I came back with 8 missed/failed shots. However I know these were all caused by user error. You have to go out and shoot this camera with your head in the right space to use it properly. Much like the Diana F+ you need to go out and shoot on it til its finished rather than trying to do too much at once. But most importantly you do need to keep the principals of Lomogrpahy and just enjoy the process, chill out and don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t come out how you thought it would. It’s all an experiment anyway!