Reviewed for Middle School, 2008

Lomography Diana Dreamer Camera

Not your mama's manual camera? Actually, it may come pretty close. This cult classic camera, notable during its early days in the 1960s as a cheap plastic point-and-clicker, rose to fame by virtue of its dreamlike, unpredictable, and unfailingly beautiful lo-fi images. Middle school is the perfect time to begin seeing the world with a new lens, and the retro stylings of this camera are sure to appeal to kids, but be warned: this camera is old school to the core! That means budding photographers will need to learn to load their film, focus, and adjust aperture and shutter speed before snapping their shot - not to mention waiting 'til the photos are developed to see how they turn out! (Urban Outfitters, $60.00)