Lomography Diana Immediate Sq.
Store.Lomography | $99.00

The Diana Immediate Sq. digicam from Lomography mashes the appeal of a Diana F+ toy movie digicam with the novelty of the Instax Sq. format. Lomography has lengthy provided an prompt again for the F+, however this takes the idea a step additional. The Diana Immediate Sq. is the one prompt digicam with really interchangeable lenses and like most Lomography merchandise, provides unpredictable and sometimes lo-fi outcomes.

Key specs:

  • 75mm F11 (38mm equiv.) equipment lens
  • 1/100 sec fastened shutter velocity
  • 4 aperture settings
  • Zone focus
  • Detachable viewfinder
  • Auto body counter
  • Double publicity and bulb mode
  • Attachment flash (offered individually)

In comparison with friends

See our full prompt digicam information

The obvious competitor to the Diana Immediate Sq. is the Fujifilm SQ6 – it additionally makes use of Instax Sq. format at an analogous price ticket. However in contrast to the Diana – which is guide focus with guide aperture management – the Fujifilm is extra automated in its operation.

Operation

The digicam operates on 4 AAA batteries that you just load into the underside, and a pack of Instax Sq. movie pops into the rear of the digicam. The digicam has three settings: Off, On and MX (a number of publicity). If you flip it on the movie counter on the again glows inexperienced to point out you what number of pictures you may have left. It ships with an non-obligatory viewfinder that slides onto the highest.

Earlier than you shoot you’ll in all probability need to triple test that you just aren’t in pinhole mode, which my digicam saved seeming to click on into

Taking pictures with the digicam may be very simple. The lever to pick your aperture is discovered on the underside of the lens. Aperture settings are cloudy (F11), partly sunny (F19), sunny (F32) and pinhole (F150).

Left of the lens is the shutter launch, on high is a shutter velocity toggle (1/100 sec or bulb) and beneath the lens is a lever to regulate the aperture setting. Focus is ready on the entrance of the lens.

Focus settings are discovered on the entrance of the lens and will be set to at least one individual (1-2m), a small group of individuals (2-4m) or many individuals with mountains (4m – infinity). On the highest of the lens you will see that a lever to modify shutter speeds – there are two choices: N (1/100 sec) and B (Bulb Mode, Limitless). The digicam’s shutter launch is discovered on the correct aspect of the lens. Earlier than you shoot you’ll in all probability need to triple test that you just aren’t in pinhole mode, which my digicam saved seeming to click on into.

Usability

The physique is giant and chunky.

The Diana Immediate Sq. is extra of a toy than an precise photographic device, and though working it’s fairly easy, getting it to provide photos that you just truly need to share with the world takes some finesse. The outcomes had been actually unpredictable.

The Diana Immediate Sq. appeared to work finest when capturing outdoor, with no flash on very vibrant days. Though you may have the choice to connect any sort of flash, the devoted Diana F+ flash made the digicam really feel probably the most balanced. The outcomes when capturing with the flash had been additionally unpredictable. Generally photographs turned out completely overblown, and different instances they shot out completely black even when the settings on the digicam had been altered barely. The Diana Immediate Sq. primarily appears to do what it needs.

Getting the Diana Immediate Sq. to provide photos that you just truly need to share with the world takes some finessing

A number of instances the again door that retains the movie in place popped open on me, so I made a decision to safe it with a big piece of gaff tape. Sadly, when this occurred I ended up shedding just a few of the Instax sheets inside and it reset my movie counter. The metallic levers that management shutter velocity and aperture are lined with a small piece of plastic; the one on the aperture lever fell off virtually instantly, exposing the metallic edge. It isn’t notably sharp, however over time I did discover that the lever started to bend.

Picture High quality

A multi-exposure instance from the Diana Immediate Sq..

The picture high quality of the Diana Immediate Sq. was expectedly unpredictable. Generally I ended up with a double publicity that I didn’t count on, some photos had main vignetting, and others had attention-grabbing focal fall off that gave them a dreamy high quality.

The Diana Immediate Sq. appeared to work finest when capturing outdoor, with no flash on very vibrant days

Generally frames that appeared completely black could possibly be rescued as soon as they had been scanned and photoshopped. Different frames got here again completely overblown or utterly darkish. When it labored, it labored properly, however getting it to work was a little bit of a guessing sport.

Conclusion

In the event you’re a perfectionist or a management freak, you’re higher off capturing with a distinct prompt digicam. Equally, for the cash, there are far better-built choices. However for those who can lean into the digicam’s unpredictability, respect its historical past or just like the aesthetics of Diana’s plastic lenses, this kitschy digicam could be for you.

In the end we had a whole lot of enjoyable with the Diana Immediate Sq. when the pictures got here out, nevertheless it damage a bit each time one didn’t.

What we like:

  • Traditional look of the Diana Digital camera
  • Guide publicity management
  • Double-exposure mode
  • Interchangeable lenses

What we do not:

  • Fiddly controls are straightforward to knock
  • Manually pushed focus
  • Unpredictable publicity outcomes
  • Accent flash wanted for indoors Flimsy construct high quality

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