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The Diana F+ Basics
A. Loading the Film
- Set your exposure counter to 12 or 16 at the back of your Diana F+ camera.
- Open the Rear Door switch at the bottom to open the Diana F+ back.
- Remove the take-up spool. Take a small amount of film and roll into the spool.
- Insert the film roll into the cavities. Note that there are bottom latches to align the film.
- Wind your film (but not too much!)
- Close your Diana F+ by putting the back on and locking the Rear Door switch.
B. How to Shoot
- Compose your image by setting the distance, using the zone focus ring.
- Press the Shutter Release Lever all the way down.
- For Bulb Exposures, hold the Shutter Release Lever all the way down as long as you like. For really long exposures (like Pinhole or Nightime), you can use the Shutter Lock right into the gap above the Release. Just remove it once you're done!
C. How to Rewind
- Unlike 35mm cameras, there is no need to rewind your film. Simply complete your 12/16 exposures and wind until there is no tension.
- Turn open the rear door switch at the bottom to open your Diana's back.
- Take out your 120 film, close the rear door and you're good to go!
D. Adjusting Camera Settings
- The Shutter Speed Switch located on the top of the Lens has two settings: "N" and "B". Use N mode when you are shooting in sunny conditions or switch the B mode when you are shooting indoors or in low light.
- On the bottom of the Lens is the Aperture Setting. This controls how wide the shutter opens. There are four settings available. Three of them match the outdoor weather conditions: sun, partial clouds and full clouds. The fourth one, "P," is for pinhole shots.
How to Use the Diana Multi Pinhole Operator
- First, you need to select how many pinholes you want by moving the switch under the front barrel. Choose between one, two or three pinholes.
- To take a photo, you need to open the pinholes and close them when enough light has gone onto the negative using the switch on the left of the barrel.
- Position the switch down to let light in and up to stop light from coming in.
- Connect Diana Multi Pinhole Operator to a tripod using the screw mount if you want to avoid a blurred image and have nothing solid to rest the camera on. For a list of exposure times, have a look on the manual cover.
Install the Diana 35mm Back+
- Unlock and remove the Diana F+ Back and remove the medium format take-up spool
- Carefully remove the film plate — the thin strip of plastic at the bottom of the camera with two "arms" on either side of it.
- Make sure to keep the take-up spool and film plate — you’ll need it when you want to shoot medium format film!
- Now, the 35mm Back is ready for installation! Line up the square shutter rear with the Diana F+’s square shutter rear.
- Push the 35mm Back straight in. Push it up so that the top seam fits perfectly with the Diana F+ body.
- Move the Lock switch to the "Lock" position, open the Rear Door, and you're ready to load the film!
The Diana Instant Back+ Basics
A. Install the Diana Instant Back+
- Remove your Diana F+'s Rear Door and take out the 120 film plate on the bottom of the camera – it's the plastic strip that holds the film roll and take-up spool in place. Remove the take-up spool, too.
- Install the Correction Lens by clicking it into place right behind the camera's shutter, with the lens facing forward. To remove this later, pinch its two plastic "ears" and pull it out.
- Fit the Back onto the rear of your Diana F+. Lock it into place using the same lock switch that you use to lock the regular Diana F+ door.
- Now you're one step away from making your first shot! Press the film ejection button to eject the protective dark slide inside the film pack.
- Remember: removing the Back will expose the film, so you have to finish the entire Instax film pack before you remove the Back!
B. Loading Film with the Diana Instant Back+
- Open the Rear Door and place a fresh Instax pack into place.
- Make sure that the built-in darkslide which says "Do Not Press Here" is facing the lens.
- If you see a yellow mark in the lower right corner, it means that it's installed properly.
C. Shooting Photos with the Diana Instant Back+
- Check to see if the Power Switch is set to "On"
- Shoot your Diana F+ as usual, with all of your focus, aperture, and shutter settings in place.
- After shooting your image, press the Film Push Switch ONCE. The film will slowly eject.
- You’ll notice that the Film Counter will go down by one. This means you’re ready to shoot again!
D. After Shooting with the Diana Instant Back+
- Before removing the Back, make sure that you’ve finished the entire pack of Instax film.
- Turn the Power Switch to OFF to save batteries.
- Remove the Correction Lens and keep it in a safe place. Remove the batteries to keep them fresh.
- Again, make sure that the Power Switch is turned OFF; otherwise the film may accidentally eject if you place the camera into a bag.
Note: Fujifilm Instax Mini is 800 ISO – after installing the correction lens, the exposure value will drop to 1 stop. This means that you should treat the film as 400 ISO when shooting.