The Diana is a plastic camera with a boxed shape, that uses a 120 roll film, and a 35mm film. It is paired with a simple plastic lens and was once seen as a novelty item. This inexpensive camera was mostly used to take soft focus photographs. The reason why I know so much about the Diana is that it was my first camera and I was simply obsessed with it. It was the camera that started my obsession with photography, and what really got me started. As I was only a child back then and was completely fascinated by its workings. It was that moment in time when I decided that I wanted to become a photographer when I grew up. As I simply loved capturing images, it was like freezing time. And the process was simply mind-blowing.
They are my passion and even today whenever a new camera comes up, I simply have to test it out. As it allows me to see what is new in the market and keep up with them.
Growing up was a real treat for me, as the technology was on the rise, and there was something better and new on the market every few months. I might not have been able to get them all, but I did not miss a chance to appreciate each item that came up. When I finally decided that photography was the way I wanted to go, it did not come as a surprise to anyone, as I was so obsessed with cameras. They are my passion and even today whenever a new camera comes up, I simply have to test it out. As it allows me to see what is new in the market and keep up with them.
Yes, I do believe that it is not just the camera, it is the photographer as well. But that does not mean, that you simply give up on technology. The advancements are there to help photographers take their skills to the next level, and offer them great ease. Which is why I have a complete collection of cameras, and skill has my first Diana. It might not be able to match up to the others in matters of features, but it is close to my heart and helps me remind myself where I started from. It is a great source of inspiration and really helps me keep my head in the game.
Today, most people think and feel that all that matters is your camera, as they fail to see that the person who is managing the camera is the one who should be credited for. Yes, the camera is that makes the image possible. But the photographer is the reason the image exists. As the camera alone would not be able to make the image possible. However, many were able to take and capture the image before the “camera” was invented. So what really matters, in the end, is that they both exist.
After the Diana, I have moved on to a number of Canon, Sony, and Nikon throughout my career. And yes, I still have them, as I feel I cannot keep using the same camera. They need to be switched up keeping in mind the shoot I am after. Giving me yet another chance to keep checking out new cameras and adding them to my collection.