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6.23.2009

diana f+




in preparation for my 10 day sojourn to sydney (in august--still plenty of time, you'll be hearing about it for a while, prepare yourself), i have purchased two things:

1. a set black tights from H&M (it will be winter there and my standard winter uniform is black tights and boots)

2. a Diana F+ camera. but i am overwhelmed by the instruction manual. and paralyzed with fear.


i finagled my way out of work today. and this unexpected day off has left me with a whole day's worth of time. and i don't know what to do. really and truly...i am sitting in my apartment just trying to breathe.

this can't be good.

20 comments:

heisschic said...

dude. my last post was about my newest purchase (diana)--- and now im a little more than just apprehensive about the instruction manual. hmmm

let me know if you have any tips! i hope it works out for you

orsoifeel said...

i have a diana... it is not as complicated as the manual tries to make you think... you will love it. i was in south victoria several years ago and it is such a beautiful country... you will never want to put the camera down..

Mariah said...

I hope you have a FABULOUS time in Australia!!! I just got back in Africa and spent my time there with a couple who are from Victoria. Take lots of pictures!!!

Hanako66 said...

I just bought my sister in law a diana and she is having so much fun with it that I want one for myself!

miss rikki said...

i got my new diana a few weeks ago (great minds really do think alike!!!), and i have two recommendations:

1) get the 35mm back adapter. 120 film is so expensive to process, and while you're learning, you'll get three times the exposures per roll. the effects aren't AS cool with the 33mm than the 120, but like i said, its good while learning.

2) take notes of all the settings you use when taking your photos, so when you get them processed, you'll know what works and what doesn't. it sounds kind of elementary, but i learned this trick with crime scene processing photos (go figure, right?!?), and it really does make all the difference in learning a new camera!

Meg Fee said...

how do i get this 35mm adapter that you speak of?

Fashionably Kate said...

I'm still learning on my holga I bought a few months ago {I'm assuming they are very similar??} We also did that 35mm trick. We just used some foam {Mr Clean white sponges to be exact} Check out this link for further instructions.

http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2006/03/holga_35mm_film_adapter_m.html

Also, just a few pointers.. it takes 30 clicks between each exposure if you're going to go this route. When you take this to Walgreens or other regular developers makes sure to them that it's going to turn out strange. We had a few trial and errors with this. It will help you learn how much light exposure {the tape} you want and other things for a much cheaper developing option. Good luck!

Ash said...

I think learning on a camera is often when you get the best happy accidents. It'll be fun!

And just remember: deep breaths. When I feel myself getting worked up, I breathe deep. Clear my mind. Take a minute. Then I carry on and keep trying... it's all I can do.

Thao said...

Meg, seriously, we ARE blog twins! Last night I (okay, Dan) bought my very own Holga! I cannot WAIT to see your beautiful photos. Have so much fun with it!

Amanda said...

ohh you'll love it. i've had mine for about 6 months and it's endless amounts of fun. the anticipation of waiting to get the film processed is nail biting (all i've known is the immediate gratification of digital and polaroid).

don't over think the shots; just point and pull the lever. it's always a wonderful surprise.

hopefully you'll have better luck finding centers to process the film and for a reasonable price...

enjoy!

perfectly peri said...

i love your blog!
i want that camera very bad.
how do you like it?
love
peri
p.s check out my blog, alookatourworld.blogspot.com

Bill said...

I had to go and look up that camera because for the life of me I couldn't understand why someone wouldn't just do digital. After looking at it, I now understand the following.

Howie

courtney said...

i just bought a diana f+ too! it came in the mail today & i have no idea where to start. good luck and have a marvelous trip!!

Signorina Svizzera said...

came over to comment about the tights ( also my winter uniform. i wear cashmere and wool tights those because it gets mighty cold in switzerland!). i feel a little left out, everyone is buying this camera!
have a GREAT time in australia, enjoy your day off!, and don't worry about the camera- there seem to be a lot of people here who could help you!
yay for you and the journey awaiting you!

Angela said...

I've never posted to your blog, but greetings from Down Under! It's not very cold in OZ in the winter and even here in NZ, the coldest it gets is in the low 60's. Enjoy your time here, it is lovely place to be ... even in the winter.

iheartkiwi said...

i just bought a holga for my trip! problem is i have no idea how to use it... we are definitely children of the digital age.

i love preparing for a new adventure, you'll have a blast. if you have time after australia pop over to new zealand. it's truly amazing.

Carlita said...

oh cameras... the joys of learning and using. awesome.

and we were in Ecuador and Peru last year, speakin' us some spaneesh.

kitchen pictures are forthcoming in about a week.. b/c we're almost done!

Jayne said...

dianas are so lovely! have tons of fun with yours! p.s. i just tagged you! <3

Single Girl said...

OK I WANT ONE for my asia trip in Aug!!!

Diana said...

lomography is known to have shady manuals for their cameras. if you need help, let me know and i'll be more than happy to help you :) just email me! diana@ourcitylights.org