The Lomo/Diana camera–it’s only a cheap plastic toy, nothing else!

We have all heard about the Diana and Lomo cameras, as well as the movement that has been created for fans of these.

On the whole, as many have said, it’s good that a lot of people are using these cameras, even if the photos they produce can be generated from any iPhone app these days. The main benefit to us as film users is of course that more people use film for these cameras, giving our hobby a boost. That can only be a good thing.

But increasingly, many people are standing up to say that the Lomo movement is over-rated, charging extravagant prices for what is essentially a cheap, plastic, badly manufactured toy camera, fit for use by 2 year old children.

Here’s what yet another person says about the cameras and the movement in general:

“…was just at the art store and I saw a $55 fish eye 110 camera, all plastic. I couldn’t believe it. Especially since 110 film is almost obsolete. I purchased 10 key chain 110 cameras as gifts for about $20 a few years ago, and then spent a ridiculous amount of money on the film. This Lomo thing is out of control. The prices are out of control and, frankly, the photos are largely terrible. (I’m a Holga user, and have a number of plastic cameras, to be fair. But an over-priced plastic camera won’t make me a photographer anymore than owning a Ford Taurus will make me a race car driver.)”

That last comment basically hits the nail on the head, doesn’t it? No camera, no matter if it’s a Leica, Hasselblad or a plastic Diana camera, is going to make you the next Brassai. For that, you’re gonna need the eye…your eye!

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” Dorothea Lange



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2 Responses to The Lomo/Diana camera–it’s only a cheap plastic toy, nothing else!

  1. I agree with you again, they are fun cameras but the prices take all the fun out if it,

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