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.

Viva la Revolution- Stephen

27 thoughts on “Diana Camera Film Loading Tip and Technique

  1. Thanks for the tip. I just loaded a new roll yesterday and was noticing that problem. Now I will know how to remedy it.

  2. Kimberly- I assume you mean the 35mm back for the Diana F+…if so it just attaches and loads like standard 35mm film and it should come with pretty good instructions as mine did. If you mean to load 35mm film in the Diana F+ which is a 120mm film camera here is a link on how to do it without buying the back….


    Just scroll down the page. Hope this helps.

    Viva la Revolution-

  3. 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.

  4. Thanks for this helpful tip. I just found it after ripping the leader several times on my first Diana roll. Glad I know how to fix it now.


  5. 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!

  6. 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.

    1. Just don’t bend them straight up to a 90 degree!… you will feel the amount that is right… I agree that it is amazing that they did not fix this or post this fix on the sale sheet for the camera.


  7. 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.

  8. 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. 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,

  9. hi,
    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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