Lomography Diana Instant Square

Lomography Diana Instant Square

Instax Square format | 38mm equiv. F11 lens | Manual exposure control

What we like:

  • Classic look of the Diana Camera
  • Double-exposure mode
  • Interchangeable lenses

What we don't:

  • Fiddly controls are easy to knock
  • Manually driven focus
  • Unpredictable exposure results
  • Accessory flash needed for indoors
  • Flimsy build quality
The Diana Instant Square camera from Lomography mashes the charm of a Diana F+ toy film camera with the novelty of Instax Square format. It's the only instant camera with truly interchangeable lenses and like most Lomography products, offers unpredictable and often lo-fi results.
Available in a classic teal and black treatment (as well as in some limited edition colors), the Diana Instant Square is sold with a 75mm (38mm equiv.) lens and a removal viewfinder - there's also an option that comes with a removable flash. The camera is big, chunky and made of plastic. Controls, including the shutter release, can be hard to reach and easy to bump. The Diana operates on four AAA batteries.
If you can lean into the Diana's unpredictability, this kitschy camera might be for you
The camera offers a multiple exposure mode as well as a 'bulb' mode. The the lens is threaded for use with filters and a small mirror on the front of the camera helps frame up selfies. Remaining shots are indicated via LEDs on the back of the camera. For added versatility, Lomography also sells a 110mm portrait lens, 55mm wide angle, 38mm super-wide angle or 20mm fisheye.
The camera's shutter speed is fixed at 1/100 sec (unless in 'bulb'), so you'll want to use the aperture to adjust exposure. Aperture settings are cloudy (F11), partly sunny (F19), sunny (F32) and pinhole (F150). Ultimately, the camera works best when shooting outdoors on very bright days. For indoor shooting you'll definitely want the flash. Heavy vignetting and unpredictable results are par for the course with this camera.
If you are a perfectionist or a control freak, you are better off shooting with a different instant camera. Similarly, for the money, there are far better built options. But if you can lean into the camera's unpredictability, appreciate its history or like the aesthetics of Diana’s plastic lenses, this kitschy camera might be for you.
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