Click on the camera for a larger view.


    Light leaks come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Every conceivable light leak has been done and photographed. Plastic camera aficionados cherish their light leaks. I don't know... after having put a few rolls of film through the Arrow, I think I've pretty much had enough of them. I guess I'm supposed to be able to get used to them but it kind of reminds me of one time... we were looking at a house. It was advertised on Craig's List "House For Sale: CHEAP" (and it was!) It was right on the highway, but I could totally see the potential. Bob remained unconvinced. All we could see from the road was the slanty, funky outside...the highway in front, the river in back. I liked it! I could picture it as the Pintoid Capitol Of The World. So I called the phone number. Here was the guy's sales pitch, "When you first walk in, you'll notice the floors slant. But don't let that turn you off! You get used to it. You know? Like how you get used to cat smell?" Needless to say, we didn't buy the place. That was about two years ago and yesterday, I was kind of down in that crossed my mind to drive by to see if it had ever sold. I resisted the urge. My horoscope had advised me otherwise.

    Light leaks. There are just a few. Mainly that herkin' thing striking through the very top of the image. I put black tape all around this camera. I'm no idiot. I know how persnickety these Dianas are. The light leak is more prominent in some exposures than others.

    Here's some weirdness; the lens rotates to focus, however there are no focus marks on it. There's a little pointer, but no little focus icons. Hurry! Go get your Diana. See how it has focus increments listed under the pointer thingy? Well, this one has no increments. Yet it has the pointer and the lens moves in and out when rotated. The instructions even state, "This camera is designed for taking pictures from a distance of 5ft. to infinite without camera adjustment." But it adjusts! It just doesn't give it's focusing secrets away all that easily. I figured that the lens is close focused when it's at its most extended and probably focused at infinity when it's retracted. Well, it didn't really work out that way. Sometimes it was focused, sometimes not. But it doesn't really matter. Don't get too picky, ok?

    I first put a roll of Kodak 400 VC color film through it. Then, Ilford SFX. Then, Kodak Tech Pan. I forget what it's got in it right now. Anyway, I found it at the new Goodwill in Gearhart, Or for $4.99.

Click on any image for a larger view:

The 70's era instructions.

Side 2

Focusing weirdness. note the pointy thing, yet no adjustment increments are shown. I dealt.


It was "new" in the box.


I forget why I took this picture.


I'm confused.


Stupid, whiney dolls. I shot this through a window in Astoria, OR. The shop was closed. I set the shutter to "b" and held it hard to the glass.


More Kodak VC 400.




This was taken with Ilford SFX 200 film. I used a red 25 filter over the lens. What's with the giant blob of unfocussed-ness in the middle? I think the red filter made it worse.


More red 25 filter and SFX film.






Here begins the Tech Pan film, processed with peachy-colored Technidol developer.


The birthplace of Lawrence Welk.



God, I love North Dakota!


Junk Store Cameras

Home  Email  Gallery  Personal Info  Merrill Studios Info

Each image on this site is protected by copyright. Permission to use any image on this site for any purpose whatsoever must be obtained in advance in writing to avoid possible violation of federal law on copyright. Any unauthorized use constitutes an infringement.