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Lomo-Copter (Tricopter Lomography)


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Diana F+ is a lo-fi film camera that shoots on 120 film. When equipped with an Instant Back the camera can shoot on Fuji Instax Mini film.

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Now, attach this Lomo camera to a Tricopter and you get... a Lomo-Copter!

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Mounted to the front of our multirotor is the Diana F+ Retro Film Camera and David also attached an FPV camera to the Diana F+ viewfinder which will allow for the photographer to see what he will be capturing.

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The Diana F+ with the Instant Back and loaded with film weighs about 500grams, but that's not a problem for our tricopter which is setup with NTM Prop Drive Series 28-30A 750kv / 140w motors!

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As David flies the Tricopter into place, Josh sees the shot he'd like to take and then snaps the photo by throttling up on his radio. He ejects the photo with a switch which will activate the on-board servo.

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Our Tricopter is equipped with a Hobbyking KK2.0 Multi-rotor LCD Flight Control Board which will help keeping the multi-rotor stable especially on a windy day like today!
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The Instant Back has a push button that releases the exposed Fuji Instant Film. We've equipped a servo switch that can be activated by the photographer so they can eject exposed photos and continue to take pictures while the Tripcopter is in the air!

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The FPV camera is mounted to the Diana F+ camera viewfinder with a custom made camera mount. The mount is made from InstaMorph moldable plastic.

Check out this video of Chad using InstaMorph to make a replacement mount for the Twin Star II.

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Josh will be snapping and ejecting the Instant Film photos with a seperate radio. He'll be seeing what the camera sees with his Fat Shark FPV Goggles.

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In the digital age that we live it, we thought it'd be fun to mount this Diana F+ lomography camera setup with the Instant Back and capture one-of-a-kind instant film aerial photos.

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Equipment mentioned in this episode:

Diana F+ lomography camera

Instant Back (Instant Film camera add-on)

Fatshark AttitudeSD FPV Goggles - with Built in Headtracker

Tricopter Motors
NTM Prop Drive Series 28-30A 750kv / 140w motors

KK2.0 Control Board



lumpy member
awesome! I had just been wondering about putting my diana on a tri… and then you did it!

any idea when you will be doing the ft-cruzer?


Junior Member
Looks like the airframe was heavily unbalanced. ;-) But the photos! They even have solarization effect, like some FPV cameras! Lomofpvgraphy!


Elemental Madness
I think this is one of my favorite episodes yet! Just a really cool project guys, very creative :D

The question is, when does the tricopter V2.6HV build hit the 'tube? :D