~The Diana Camera~
The Diana camera is a medium format plastic toy camera.
They were produced in the 1960's to 1970's in Kowloon, Hong Kong, by the
"Great Wall Plastic Company".
Beyond that information, everything is speculation, a mystery really.
There were many variations of the Diana camera. The simple fact that they
are known as the "Diana Camera" may in fact be a misnomer, but
due to the popularity of the one variation known as the "Diana",
all variations seem to be grouped under the Diana umbrella.
Because there are so many variations of Diana cameras made by the "Great
Wall Plastic Co." it is difficult to use generalities for all Diana
variants. But for the large majority, they use 120mm film, they take 4cmx4cm
negatives, and they share 2 main build types.
For an all plastic toy camera, they really are amazing for what they are.
The photographs they produce are somewhat clear in the center and gradually
get fuzzy and vignetting occurs around the edges.
It seems that not any 2 Diana cameras are alike, each being like a fingerprint
or a snowflake, unique in of itself.
The Holga camera is not related to the Diana camera in any way besides
perhaps in photographic quality.
Collecting and using Diana cameras is a fun hobby on so many levels, and
that is why I created this website, for any other Diana lovers out there
that are crazy over Diana cameras.