History of the Diana

The Myth of the Great Wall Plastic Factory

Like a true legend, the original Diana camera’s birth is shrouded in mystery and conjecture. The popular account reads as follows: Back in the early 1960’s, a Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, company called The Great Wall  Plastics Factory created an extremely inexpensive and completely plastic compact camera. Called the “Diana”, this little beauty was constructed of a lightweight plastic body and a cheap plastic single-element lens. Only the shutter and few necessary parts were crafted in metal. The original specs consisted of two shutter speeds, three aperture settings and manual focusing from about 1m to infinity. The original Diana film format was 120, which was quite popular in Asia at the time. It shot 16 4x4cm images per roll.

December 3, 2009. Uncategorized. 4 comments.

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