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Diana Instant Square is a new Diana Camera, based on the Diana F+, but completely re-designed around the Instax Square film. It's an Instax only camera, no adaption to roll film possible. It has automatic motorized ejection, there is a switch for multiple exposure. The rest is basic Diana feeling.

Its main features are:

75mm simple plastic menikus lens, F11, F19, F32, 3-zone focus 1-2m, 2-4m, 4m-. Pinhole setting F150
Shutter 1/100, B
Size 130x155x105 including finder,  Weight 440 gr. with film and batteries
Motorized ejection, for Fuji Instax Square Film, takes 4 AAA batteries, hook to block shutter in B position, flash accessories, graphic frame

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The box.

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What's in the box. Camera, finder, strap, a hook to block the shutter lever in B mode, instructions, a Lomo book and 2 flash adapters, one for the Diana flashes, one with a hot shoe.

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A Diana glass lens, promoted with the camera. On the instruction booklet: graphic frame to be installed in the film chamber prior to film loading. If you paint on it or put stickers, these will be projected on the photos.

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Camera front. The lens has a 30mm filter thread. Selfie mirror in the frame of the old viewfinder. Instax square viewfinder on top.


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Camera back. Film presence window near the top, film counter window with green lamp for camera on and batteries o.k., flashes when battery low.

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On/off switch with multiple exposure setting as well..

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Bottom. Tripod socket and battery compartment, takes 4 AAA batteries. On the lens barrel: 4 aperture settings, cloudy (f 11), sunny to cloudy (F 18), sunny (F 32) and pinhole (F 150)

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Camera top. Ejection slot. Flash socket, new style. Adapters for ordinary flashes are included. On the lens barrel: N (normal shutter, 1/100s) and B setting. To the right: shutter lever.

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Camera with the 75mm glass lens, the mount is compatible with all Diana lenses.

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The Diana lenses. First row from left: Close-up lens (for 55mm), 55mm, 38mm, 20mm fisheye, second row: 110mm soft tele and original 75mm, on the camera: 75mm glass lens.

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Camera with adapter and Diana flash.

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Camera with hot shoe adapter and ordinary flash.

Some pictures taken with the camera, all ordinary shutter setting (N):

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Street on a late november day, "cloudy" setting. 75mm plastic lens. A bit overexposed

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Street on a late november day, "cloudy" setting. 75mm glass lens. A bit overexposed. Better sharpness in my opinion.

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Same photo, "sunny to cloudy" setting.

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Veranda, 2m, F11, "cloudy". Quite some vignetting.

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Veranda, 3m, F11, "cloudy". Quite some vignetting.

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Street, 20mm fisheye, "sunny to cloudy" setting (F19)
, full fisheye effect, good sharpness.

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Street, 38mm super wide, F19, good sharpness, better than on an ordinary Diana, some vignetting.

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Street, 55mm wide,
F19, good sharpness, better than on an ordinary Diana.

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Street, 75mm standard (glass),
F19, good sharpness.

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Street, 110mm soft telelens,
F19,  soft, as indicated, but much better than on ordinary Dianas, vignetting.

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Christmas decoration, 55mm and close-up lens, ca. 15 cm distance, F11.

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Interior, Diana flash, F32, 3m, some vignetting.

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Interior, External flash, F32, 3m, vignetting.

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Veranda, F32, 3m, external flash, vignetting. A wider flash would be better.


The camera gives good results for a camera with cheap plastic lenses. There is nearly no vignetting at infinity focus and smaller apertures. The closer you focus the more vignetting you get. The Instax film allows photos on dull days with normal shutter speed. No problem on sunny days as there are more F-stops.

The shutter release works without the camera switched on. If you forgot to switch the camera on and have the shutter already released, no problem. Switch the camera on, cover lens and release again, the photo ejects. Be cautious if you put the camera on a flat surface, e.g. for putting a flash. The aperture lever sticks out and may be moved to another setting inadvertently.

The camera is easy to use. Pictures are fine. A nice new Diana camera.. Instant fun.

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