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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand
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Manufactured in Hong-Kong from Circa 1970 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Courant (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 10747

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Great Wall Plastic Factory Diana

Traduction de Sylvain Halgand.

The Diana is a bull sh…. without name or more exactly with a multitude of names. The accumulation of defects make an object of worship of it, especially in the USA, where some precipitate on all that resembles a Diana to make “photography”. Each one will think what he will want…
The Diana and her multiple misadventures can also be cameras of collection and be included in the category of Toy camera. There too, each one will have its idea. For my part, neither one nor the other of the uses of the Diana convinced me.
As "My" first camera was a Diana and that I still have it (the “Bergère de France”), I nevertheless chose to introduce the Diana passing to me between the hands. Why not join to you to this inventory (almost in Prévert) by sending photographs of yours to me?
The Diana were manufactured in Hong Kong (then British colony) or in Macao (Portuguese). Even if the forms, the names and the colors change the defects remain.


It is THE Diana! It is recognized easily with its blue color.
I received this camera in gift, there is not far 40 years. It immortalisé my buddies of college with Piccadily Circus.

Adjustable distance, choice between exposure and snapshot (B and I), three symbols weather for the aperture.

Great Wall Plastic Factory Diana

Great Wall Plastic Factory Diana

Great Wall Plastic Factory Diana