Diana, my first camera

February 21, 2017

I have been taking photographs for a very long time; I think since I was 8 or 9 years old. Initially I borrowed my mother's camera, and then I was given a plastic camera as a Christmas or birthday present.

I recently Googled "1960s plastic cameras" and quickly recognised "my" camera. It was a Diana - or it was one of the many Diana clones. It had a blue top plate, used 120 roll film, and had basic adjustments for aperture and focus distance. I remember that it quickly got damaged and started leaking light. However my research found that this was a common problem and many of these cameras were covered in black tape to stop the light leaking in.
If you're interested in reading about the Diana camera, here are a couple of links:

“Diana (camera)” from Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_(camera)

"The Real Diana Camera – A Plastic Wonder" by John Neel:
http://lensgarden.com/light/the-real-diana-camera-a-plastic-wonder/

Today you can still buy a Diana camera (now labelled Diana+) as a retro "toy" camera with a nostalgic "dreamlike" quality to the photographs. They are somewhat more expensive than the original Diana though.


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