This month we’re giving away a Lomography Diana F+ camera with a flash and film! Entry details in the post.

UPDATE 24 June 12h10:

The competition is officially closed. Thank you for sharing your beautiful film memories. The winner will be announced later this afternoon.

UPDATE 24 June 14h02:

Congratulations to Mana-zita Barnard, she is the lucky new owner of a Lomography Diana F+ camera and three rolls of colour negative 120mm film to the value of R 1 420-00.

We used a random number generator to pick the winner. You can view the result at the bottom of the post.

Another month has almost passed, which means it’s time for our Orms Connect Monthly Giveaway! This week we have an awesome Lomography Diana F+ camera to give away to one of our lucky fans.

The Diana F+ kit comes with everything you need to get you started with lomography, including the Diana F+ with a standard 75mm lens (equivalent to 50mm on 35mm film), an electronic flash, coloured gels for the flash and a hardcover photo book. We’ve also thrown in three rolls of colour negative 120 (medium format) film. Read more about film here.

The Ten Golden Rules of Lomography
1) Take your camera everywhere you go.
2) Use it any time – day and night.
3) Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.
4) Try the shot from the hip.
5) Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible.
6) Don’t think. (William Firebrace)
7) Be fast.
8) You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film…
9) …Afterwards either.
10) Don’t worry about any rules.

The Diana camera was a cult-legend plastic camera in the 60s, famous for its characteristic lo-fi and vibrant images. Updated with new features, the Lomography Diana F+ is a faithful recreation of the original.

How to enter:
If you aren’t already a fan of the Orms Direct Facebook page, please like it and then return to Orms Connect and leave a comment on this blog post, answering the question: “What was your first film camera? When did you get it, and who gave it you?” (If you have never owned a film camera, please tell us what your first digital camera was. The Diana might be your first exposure to film if luck is on your side!)

1) The competition is open to all South African residents, 18 or older.
2) The winner will be selected randomly, and will need to be a fan of Orms Direct on Facebook.
3) Only one comment/entry per person will count. If you leave more than one comment, it will only count as one entry.
4) Competition closes Friday 24 June 2011 at 12:00 PM.


Orms Connect Giveaway: Lomography Diana F+

  1. My first (and current) film camera is a Canon F-1 with a 50mm lens. Got it 3 or 4 years ago from my father, belonged to him originally. The body is 37 odd years old this year and it’s still producing amazing photographs! Amazing.

  2. I was probably 13 or 14 at the time. I don’t remember the brand of the camera, but I do remember it was this portable camera that was just bigger than the roll of film it held. The viewfinder consisted of two plastic squares that popped up on top of the camera, that you would use to frame the subject. The cool thing though, was that my dad setup a darkroom at home, so after developing the negatives I developed the photos from that camera on my own.

  3. My first camera was a an Olympus film point and shoot camera. Had no idea about photography at the time. Just knew I love it and wanted to learn more.

    1. It wasn’t given to me but used in the family. It eventually became mine as I was always the one taking photos. I must’ve been about 10 years old.

  4. I ‘liked’ The page on Facebook 🙂
    My answer is: I can’t even remember what model my first film camera was, haha, but it was only used for taking photos of friends and family. My first digital was the 400D, and still using it from time to time – Got it from my brother in law 🙂

  5. My First Film camera was a Nikon FE that was given to me by my best friend to learn to use an SLR. He was given it in turn by his dad for the same reason. I have subsequently returned the favour by gifting him a Nikon FE-2. Awesome camera.

  6. My first digital camera was a Sony Cybershot DSC-H1
    My mom gave it to me for my 17th Birthday in 2005.
    I took it everywhere with me until it was stolen 2 years later!
    I’ve since upgraded to a Canon 400D in 2007 and now i’m shooting with a Canon 550D 🙂

  7. When my husband got tired of playing with his camera, I started playing with it and then it unofficially became mine somewhere in the late 90’s.  Nikon F70 film camera. Since then I am hooked to photography.

  8. My first film camera that I can remember was a Hyundai Hyper 120, which I recently refound and am totally loving. I am not sure when exactly I got it but it was somewhere around 1996 and I got it from my parents.

  9. My first film camera was one of those Vivitar 110 flatbed cameras with the strange looking spool. It was actually my parents camera but they gave it to me when I went on a school camp when I was in Grade 5 🙂 I don’t think I ever developed that spool, but then again, I think I was really bad at taking photos back then!

  10. My first film camera was a Kodak Tele-Ektra (300) 110 – It was a christmas gift in the mid 80’s from my parents.  I was about 10.  I loved it.  The flash stood straight up and the bulbs would “blow” once you used it.

  11. My first film camera was a Ricoh… I was about 7 when my dad took me to buy it ( in the mid-90’s) and I thought it was awesome. Looking back on the photos though, not so much! But it got me into better and brighter things! 🙂

  12. my first (and only) film camera is a Nikkormat FTN. my parents gave it to me for my 21st birthday last year…. almost a year’s anniversary with it now! my father used it 30 years ago for sports photography and it was lying in a cupboard for years and years.

  13. Really amazing to see film still alive and well. I think it is very important for generations to come. My first camera was a Yashica 120mm film camera. The camera with two lenses where you look down into this huge screen and it also has a small magnifying glass. I got it when I was about 12 from my Dad, it was his camera that he passed on to me and later I got a Voigtlander 35mm camera in a leather case. When I was about 18 I bought my 3rd camera in Singapore, it was a Mamiya 35mm camera with a telephoto lens…Exciting times..

  14. I bought my first ever film camera in PE  when we were on vacation there I was at the time 13years old.  This camera did not have a name at all, it was n big chunky yellow camera and shot on 35mm film (it looked like a piece of cheese haha) Best thing is I still have it and it works.

  15. A mik and druk vivitar. Given to me by my parents in 1990 for my 13th birthday. It was like a new puppy, but nothing like the vintage Pentax I inherited from my grandmother. Too bad delivering papers didn’t bring in enough to keep buying and developing film. But now that I have a digital SLR, it’s like I’ve been reunited with my childhood pet and we’ll never be parted again!

  16. My first film camera i got was a 35mm Pentax spotmatic F model, got it last year for my photography studies, i bought it myself came with 5 lenses, still got it, shoots amazing pictures.

  17. First film camera I ever had was when I was 10 years old and my parents gave me their old  Fujica ST 605N camera. And I still have it and use it 🙂

  18. Wow…my first (and only) film camera was a Vivitar  (like Johannes below) that my dad gave me for my 14th birthday (in 1994) I think. I wasnt too stoked at the time, as I wasnt into photography much then. But it did ignite a curiousity for viewing the world out there in a different light. I only used it really a few years later at the age of 19 when I went over to Europe on a Contiki tour. Thanks to my first (film) camera, I was able to capture some of the best memories of my life! 🙂 I now am lucky enough to own a DSLR but will always remember that Vivitar point and shoot. It also taught me to be open to new ideas and new ways of capturing the world’s essence! And I think the Lomograghy Diana F+ would be the best way to start re-exploring the world via film again!! 🙂

  19. My first film camera was my grandmother’s.  A Premier PC-500 F4 38mm lens.  I still have it, in working condition and wouldn’t give it up for the world.  I wasn’t a great photographer, actually I was point blank awful.  But because of that camera today I own my own SLR 😀 and take photos for a living.  I think my gran gave it to me when I was about 15, that’s about 1996.

  20. My first camera was a kodak 110 covered in mickey mouse stickers. Yes, I said mickey mouse. In my defence I was 10 and I was at disney world. It made sense at the time 🙂

  21. My husband has always been the photographer in our household and has had various film cameras over the years….A few years ago he bought me a Pentax Optio S Digital camera for my birthday, a tiny camera that took lovely shots and I began to enjoy capturing lovely images…The lens broke a few months ago and I was devastated at the cost to repair it so bought a Nikon Coolpix 110 to replace it….I have become more and more interested in photography since then and would love to finally own a film camera of my own as well…

  22. My first camera was a Vivitar digital camera . I bought it myself. Now I have bought an EOS D500 Canon from ORMS direct and can only now say that I have a camera.!!! Best price and for me ..the best camera I have owned. What a pleasure !!!

    Des Erasmus

  23. My first camera was a Nikon FunTouch. It was a birthday present from my dad when I was 8, and he used to take me on ‘photo safaris’ in our neighbourhood, never complaining about the cost of developing my copious rolls of ‘artistic’ close-ups of grass, icicles, and our cat. It lasted me through high school, when my graduation present was my first digital camera.

    Now he lives overseas, but for my 28th birthday he found the best 8 pictures I took with my Nikon and had them printed and restored and mailed to me here in Cape Town. I have them framed on my wall:-)

  24. My first camera was and I still have it and it still works, is the Box Brownie 620, I took my first photos with in way back in 1965 and I still have a photo taken with it when I was a baby.

  25. My first film camera was a Kodac 110, given to me by Father Christmas
    back in the days when he still answered written letters and navigated without GPS.

  26. First Camera was a Minolta X300, Given to me by my Dad in 1987 as I was going to Art School and one of my classes, once a week, was photography.

  27. Nikon F80…a real donkey of the camera world! It’s pretty much like a Toyota. Just goes on and on and on without giving in 🙂 I bought it two years after finishing school and shot my first couple of weddings with it. Good times!!

  28. My first film camera was a Fisher Price Toy Camera given to me by Father Christmas.

    Seriously, it was a Kodac 110, given to me by my Darling Mother.

  29. My first camera, I bought myself for R1 (I think, I just remember it was ridiculously cheap). It was those Kodak ones in the yellow packaging; to open, you had to tear it out like a toothbrush. I was about 13. My little camera with its spool sticking half out one end, was the life of every party, and was hilarious to see the prints as the little camera would travel all night long!! (Im guessing a Kodak 110 is what I had, by seeing Mr Mickey Mouse’s entry – Guy Versfeld 😉 )

  30. My first camera, I bought myself for R1 (I think, I just remember it was ridiculously cheap). It was those Kodak ones in the yellow packaging; to open, you had to tear it out like a toothbrush. I was about 13. My little camera with its spool sticking half out one end, was the life of every party, and was hilarious to see the prints as the little camera would travel all night long!! (Im guessing a Kodak 110 is what I had, by seeing Mr Mickey Mouse’s entry – Guy Versfeld 😉 ) *PLEASE IGNORE MY FIRST ENTRY*

  31. My first film camera didn’t even have a name. It was pink and red and had this cute sticker of a bee on it. My dad bought it for me at the chemist of all places when I was 5 years old 🙂

  32. My first film camera was a box Kodak (a yellow one) with just a viewfinder – if I remember correctly it had a built in flash.  It was my birthday present on my 13th birthday – many moons ago!

  33. My first film camera was a Olympus OM10, that my father gave to me when I was 21. Funny thing was that he bought it when He was 21, so it seems things have gone full circle, and it still works better than ever.

  34. The first camera I owned was a Fred Flintstone number – and I don’t mean because it was old, I mean because it had Fred’s face where the lens was located! Loved that camera, then got the Kodak Ektra 100 as a birthday present many years later.

    Today, several cameras in, I make a living with my camera – who’d have thought it! Seems terrorising the family pets and anything that stood still long enough finally paid off!

  35. My first camera was an ugly gold color Kodac 110 that I bought myself
    (pocket money savings) when I was about 11 or 12, I used to use it every
    weekend to photograph action pics of the locals on the off-road bikes
    at one of the mine dumps on the east rand – got some good shots. It was
    awesome at the time, so I thought, and keep me away from trouble’s door

  36. My first film camera was a gift given to me by a good friend – – A Centon DF300 – at that time I had no idea how or what I would be capturing – so got the manual off the net and started reading & capturing – most of the images came out in a blur – not sure what I did right or wrong – but ever since then I have been interested in films – both processing of and the unexpectedness in the results — it’s simply amazing to not know what you going to see — when capturing something on film — 

    Later days

  37. I was about 6 years old and kept going on about this little yellow camera I saw in Checkers (no idea what the make was) for no more than R9.99. It was so small, film had to stick out on the one side and it had no view finder, only 2 plastic frames that popped up to create a viewfinder that you could look through. It had a shutter release button and only a shutter release button, no other settings. My parents wouldn’t believe me that it cost only 10bucks, so we made a bet … I won and got my very first camera. Used it for over 2 years …

  38. My first was an (already by then) old box Brownie inherited from my grandfather. I was so captured by it I soon got a Kodak 110 for Christmas. I once had a Lomo too but that was stolen…

  39. My first film camera was a Sigma SA-5 which my parents gave to me when they bought their first digital camera in 2003 when I was 13 years old.

  40. My first camera was a Olympus with a front slide.Was awesome just wish digital was available then.Got it from my parents when I was about 13.

  41. Wow, I don’t even remember what my first film camera was – over 20 years ago! All I rememeber was it was cheap and nasty… my parents bought myself and my brother camera’s for christmas one year. Don’t remember them even lasting very long, and I think I only have one photo remaining from it. My first digital camera however was a Kodak Easyshare, and am now struggling to remember the model number… sold it many years ago too!

  42. My first film camera was a Pentax point and shoot, I loved it and still have a lot of memories to look at because of it.  My Mom bought it for me when I left school and entered the BIG world 1999.

  43. Never owned my own film camera only played around with my parents KODAK when I was younger. My first camera is a CANON 500D and 2nd 7D and got them from my fiancé as present in last year. Would have loved to have a film cam just to have the opportunity to play around on some different effects and techniques!  It would be AWESOME to be a winner of this amazing giveaway. Good luck to everyone!!

  44. My first camera was a kodak instamatic, my parents gave it to me to take on a “veldskool” in 1978. Since then I have owned about 9 different cameras that I can remember now.

  45. along with my 1980 Gold Opel Kadette…. my first camera I used was my father’s Pentax SP500 ie Spotmatic 35mm single lens reflex camera with built in light meter.  Takumar lens 55mm, F2 automatic diaphragm… the light meter isn’t working anymore but the rest still is! 

  46. I don’t remember what my first film camera was, but I think I was about 11 when I found it in my mom’s cupboard. It was blue and yellow (and luckily blue was my favourite colour at the time), and I asked my mom to buy me a roll of film. I then dragged my little brother down to the beach and made him pose for me in the water (it was winter by the way).
    Developing my first roll of film was pretty exciting… I still even have a few photos from that day 🙂

  47. My first camera was an Olympus OM1 and it wasnt given to
    me… I borrowed it from my father… Still need to give it back. That was 10 years ago

  48.  It was a Kodak, bought for me by my parents. I was about 12 and had to cope with a roll of film with 12 frames. Then had to hand it in at the pharmacy and wait 2 weeks for the pics to be developed.

  49. my first camera was a cheap and nasty “transformer” given to me by my dad. A medical rep gave it to him, who then gave it to me. it was shaped as a pill capsule and would pop open by pressing a button. sadly it was also the only film camera i ever owned>>> us youngsters missed out 🙁

  50. My first film camera was a Kodak 35mm Disposable Camera. I got it in about 2003 when I was 13, I bought it for myself when I went to my friends house for our first house party. I said we needed one to capture the memories, although the camera was lost in the course of the night.

  51. My first camera was A Nikkormat given to me by my father, a camera he used himself in the 70’s and 80’s. He gave it to me when I was fourteen, I had just started a photographic course with George Hallet.

  52.  I’ve always been a digtal camera guy, but I fairly recently got my first film camera which was actually an old Zeist Ikon simplex box camera which I inherited. really got me interested in what you can do with film! esspecially which completely manual cameras! 

  53. My first camera my dads old pentax when I was 13. It had an external light meter of which the batteries were always flat. I had to guess most of my exposures – thank god for the sunny 16 rule.

  54. my first and only  film camera is a beautiful antique minolta which belonged to my grampa. he used to take photos with it on his hunting trips. probably the best gift because it take s such amazing pictures and has a history. got it when i was 13 x

  55. Had some no-name-brand yellow plastic thing that I took on a standard 4 (yes, standards, not grades) trip to Betty’s Bay. The first digital camera that I owned was my HTC S710 cellphone, which I got some great pics out of!

  56. I was 7, KODAK Film camera of some sorts but hey it worked! 2 penlight batteries and a 32 exposure 400 ISO film you couldnt go wrong “Well my dad used to buy my film 🙂 I just phoned him for the tech break down.”

  57. I bought my Canon 40D nearly brand new for R6000 a while ago. My film experience is with my moms old kodak. It got moist inside which actually gave a very cool effect – but eventually gave in.

  58. My first film camera was a Ricoh A-100 given to me by my great-aunt for my 21st birthday. The camera was 17 years old when I got it and the reason I fell in love with photography. 

  59. Well that sucks! I was really hoping to get into Lomography this week end. Guest I’ll just have to wait a little bit longer. Well done  Mana-zita Barnard. Hope you enjoy every moment captured with it : )

  60. AH WOW!! Thank you I really appreciate is so much, are you going to give me info of where and when I can come and get my new toy?  To all that has entered you have lovely stories about your cameras and thanks to Orms for the competition!

  61. My first camara is Canon 350D which was bought at ORMS in CT, bought it 6 years ago, and still using it, wanted to take up photography and still going strong

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