The Diana Cult Camera proudly shows outdated technology

by Ally

The great thing about digital cameras is that you get the joy of playing with the pictures and have a strong element of control when it comes to taking pictures.  Which in some ways does take the fun out of photography.  Many have argued that digital cameras have killed the art of photography, a subject I often find myself torn on.  Well if you’re looking to revert back to old technology to capture the classic art, you should check out the Diana Cult Camera.  It’s a recreation of a “cult legend” that was famous for its dreamy and radiant photographs.

I hadn’t really heard of the camera before, but after glancing at the sample pictures, I’m strongly tempted to pick this up and try it out.  It gives your average photograph a much more artistic spin.  Yes, you could probably do something like this yourself in Photoshop, but this way the results will likely happen in a much more unexpected way.  The 35mm camera can use any type of 35mm film or you could use 120 format film.  I know, messing with film again isn’t exactly fun to think about.  It comes with a book filled with Diana history and images, as well as a lens and neckstrap.  It also of course comes with an instruction manual as well.  You can purchase it on LazyBoneUK for $58.92 or £39.99.

7 reviews or comments

Tchudson Says: January 21, 2009 at 3:34 pm

I don’t know that I agree with the digital camera killing the art of photography. I haven’t used my film camera in 8 years. With the digital I find myself taking more photos, plus varying settings, framing and such, taking multiple photos of the same scene so that I have more chance of getting the shot that I want. The photo being digital allows people who don’t have darkroom skills to manipulate their photos. Of course, the spread of poor photos has proliferated….

NickTrop Says: January 22, 2009 at 6:32 am

Film is NOT an outdated technology. First – what to all digi-heads want? A full-frame sensor. What’s that? It’s a sensor the size a 35mm frame. Most digicams – which is what the vast majority use, only let you shoot a decent shot up to ISO 200, lack the dynamic range of film, (important to me) offer no depth of focus or planar separation (resulting in flat pics), clip highlights… Gone are the beautiful natural light candids taken with 35mm cameras with an 1.7 fast 50 – for the most part. I went from film to digital (loved it for a while) then back to film. My pictures simply looked better – way better, and the old cameras were a lot more fun to use. DSLRs still cost a small forture, and are designed for zoom lenses, and STILL don’t take better pictures (imo) than a film SLR or rangefinder. Those who love digital simply never shot film, or – more likely, are point and shooters who don’t know the first thing about photography and don’t care how their “captures” look – blown out highlights, no depth, red eye and harsh shadows because the slow zoom lens and flash is always in use. They like digital because they hate to pay for film and lab costs for prints and are happy to let the camera do all the “thinking” for them.

Edwin Says: January 22, 2009 at 7:00 am

Thanks for the input, NickTrop. Pretty insightful, and I’ve learned a few new things from there. Cheers for following Coolest Gadgets 🙂

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