May 30, 2011

Diana F+ and Holga 120

Since a couple of weeks I'm thinking of buying a Holgaroid (Holga 120 CFN+ Polaroid back) or Diana F+ with instant back. many of you will wonder what the differences are between those 2. So here you can read all about it.
I think I will go for the Holgaroid. Why? cause of the 100 film I can use with the instant back.

The Holga and the Diana F+ have quite a few differences and a few similarities. Here are some of their similarities:
  • They both have plastic lenses that produce dreamy images
  • They both use 120 or “medium format” film
  • They both have one shutter speed and a bulb setting for long exposures
  • They both have frame masks to change the shape of your negative, if desired.
Diana F+ instant Back

  • The Diana F+ has a pinhole function with an included shutter lock, so you can take long exposures without having to man the shutter the whole time. The Holga does not come with a built-in pinhole function.
  • The Diana F+ has five interchangeable lenses, including a true Fisheye lens at 20mm, a Super Wide 38mm lens, a 55mm Wide-Angle AND Close-Pp lens that allows you to take clear shots from 6" away, and a Soft 110mm Telephoto lens, plus its standard 75mm lens.The Holga 120 does have the ability to use one or two accessory lenses of its own, but its lens does not come off, so you are simply layering another optic over the existing lens, which can degrade the image.
  • The Diana F+ has a convertible flash. It’s not built-in, so you can use it, not use it, or even use your favorite hot shoe flash instead. It also comes with 16 color gels to splash your images with any color, or combination of colors you want. The Holga 120 CFN has a built-in flash, no hot shoe mount, and three color gels that can’t be interchanged.

  • The Holga has 2 apertures (f8 and f11), while the Diana F+ has 3 (f11, f16 and f22), to help avoid under- and overexposure in various lighting conditions.
  • The Holga has an overlapping panoramic setting, while the Diana F+ comes with a panoramic mask, making it easier and a bit more precise.
  • The Holga has one accessory back in which you can use 35mm film, but it doesn’t have a film counter, so you don’t necessarily know where you’re at on the roll of film, and unloading the camera requires a film changing bag and manual rewinding. The Diana F+ has two accessory backs, including a super-easy-to-use 35mm back with four frame modes, and an instant back for instant photos.

The Diana F+ also has a Lomography warranty of 2 years, whereas the Holga has a warranty of 1 year.
The Holga, on the other hand, is a very solidly built camera, and while not being as flexible, is still a very capable camera. It will take photos that equal that of the Diana.Still that doesn't hold me back of buying the Holgaroid. It's a nice cam and the main advantage is the use of fujifilm 100 (which they still make with IMP too) instead of the fujifilm mini instax with Diana F+ which is really small.
I guess it's a personal choice we all have to make and lets hope it's the right one ;-)

Grtz R.


  1. Check out our Holgaroid at HolgaDirect. We have lots of cool stuff at great prices!

    Rick @ HolgaDirect

  2. Oh, thank you so much for the link Rick!! I was looking for a holgaroidshop, indeed great prices ;-)

  3. Thank you, Lady Damona, for the info. I plan to purchase one of these, but was unsure about how they compared with one another.


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