Diana Camera Film Loading Tip and Technique

Have you ever finished shooting a roll of 120mm  film in a Diana F+ Camera only to find the roll very loose (light leaks, anyone?) …I’m all for some light leaks now and then- part of the fun with the Diana- but a loose roll that was NOT intentional can be a real problem! Here is a super quick video blog on how to load 120mm film in a Diana F+ camera and KEEP the film spool tight! This video demonstrates a modification to the film tabs that has proven very successful in over 100+ rolls of 120mm  film pushed through my own Dianas!

Please note the video is high quality so it may take a few seconds to load.

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Viva la Revolution- Stephen

25 Responses

  1. Ja

    Hi, this is exactly the information I need, however the computer im using has no audio!
    Is there a text version explaining this process?
    I cant be sure just guessing, nor can i be bothered learning how to lip read.

  2. charlie

    wow! thanks for the great tip!
    im pretty sure i ruined my first roll because i really had no idea what i was doing.
    now i dont think my next roll will be so difficult to load.
    thank again!

  3. Gordon Bennett

    Fantastic! Such a simple method, now i know they won’t snap off i’ll give it a try. I’m pretty shock Lomo don’t do this as standard.

    Thanks, great video.

  4. ClaraLaraBombara

    sugar, i did the trick shown and was mildly excited but when i was puttin the plastic yoke back in a bit broke off and it wouldn’t stay. bluetack fixed it so im hopin it’ll stay.

  5. Isabelle

    Hi, I just got my Diana F+ a few months ago and am still a little shaky with loading the film! I think this will help tremendously. I noticed that you have a few extras of the tabs (the ones that you angled to create “tension”). Is there anywhere you can purchase them? My friends with the Diana F+ have found this the easiest to break and/or lose, and we’re wondering if there is an easier solution than buying an entirely new camera.

    Again, thanks for the video! I never would have thought of that.

      1. Isabelle

        Hey, I actually emailed their customer service (questions@lomography.com), told them my story and asked what I could do to fix it and within a couple of hours they responded saying they would replace the piece for free! One more reason to love Lomos!

        Thanks guys,

  6. beryl

    the “two little tabs that hold your film in place” mentioned in the video are broken in my camera and i need a replacement. could you help me on where i can find any? thanks!!!

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