Wednesday, 24.5.2017

Diana F+ Cai Guo-Qiang Cool Chinese Lomography Camera


Lomography is an analogue photographic genre that's just introduced the Diana F+ Cai Guo-Qiang camera. The limited edition snapper commemorates an exhibition by Cai Guo-Qiang in Doha which explores the artist's hometown of Quanzhou, China. We all know how crazy the Chinese go over anything limited edition - witness the frenzy over 'special money' we saw a couple of months ago - so this beauty could light the blue touch paper.

Lomography was born in the early 1990s when two students in Vienna found a Lomo Kompakt Automat, a small Soviet camera which took vibrant, deeply saturated photos. It ignited a new style of experimental photography known as Lomography which spawned shops, communities, magazines and cameras dedicated to the movement. It's just what Stalin wouldn't have wanted, and The Diana F+ Cai Guo-Qiang is the latest in their line of products, available at their two Hong Kong stores in Sheung Wan and TST respectively.

Priced at HK$988, it has two shutter speeds, one for normal daytime shooting and one for indoor/night-time exposures. You can also remove the lens to get super-wide-angle pinhole photos and can choose between 12 full frame shots (5.2x5.2cm) or 16 smaller square images (4.2x4.2cm). Only 1,000 will be produced worldwide and it also comes with a two year warrantee so it's an absolute bargain. What's more, it looks uber trendy which means even if you have no idea how to use it, you'll still seem ten times cooler than the masses of people with Nikon D90s hanging around their necks.

Diana delights.


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