Diana F+ First Roll

As promised here is the first roll of film that I got developed from my Diana F+!  All of which were taken in the San Blas archipelago of Panama, which is where we went for Martin’s two week R&R from Iraq.  (:

Rainbow Palms

Dark Alley


Rainbow Landscape

Rainbow Rooftops

San Blas Man

I’ll post even the two that turned out horribly, see?  Maybe they are bad because I didn’t use the flash…which I can’t currently locate…hmmm.

Bad One of Me

At the hostel

For those of you not familiar with a Diana F+, she looks like this:


And for anyone wondering where I got my 120mm film developed, you may or may not be surprised to hear Rite-Aid!  I had done a lot of research online and found that Dwayne’s Photo was a reputable and reliable developing lab.  But for one roll of 120mm film, approximately 8 exposures, it would have cost me around $10.00.  To me that just seemed like a lot, especially since I was afraid all of my photos would turn out like the two horrible ones above.

I had read that it was possible to have your 120mm film developed at places such as Walmart, Rite-Aid, CVS, Target, etc because they have to send out their film regardless, with some of it even ending up at Dwayne’s apparently!  I was skeptical but after more digging around the internet, I found this from Red Kiwi Photography on Flickr and decided to give it a shot.  Here is what she says to do in order to have Rite-Aid develop your film:

I put a big X over the whole section of the envelop with 35mm film developing options and write special instructions

My instructions say:
“C41 120 size film
Process & Print (4″ x 4″ glossy prints)
sleeve negatives
approx 12 exp
Thank you!”

So that’s what I did, and it worked!  It took about two weeks for this roll of film to be developed and I am still waiting for my second, but for a total developing price of $1.80, I ain’t complaining!


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