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The Diana Results

Last week I told you about my Diana lens, and thought I’d share with you some of the results. (Click the picture to see it bigger)

I haven’t edited these photos at all, just adjusted the size so they’re a bit easier to see, but I quite like them.

They have quite a soft look to them, which I actually like. It does take some patience to get a half decent photo – the photo of my makeup was the best of a bad bunch of at least 12! This might put people off the lens, but look at it this way – its a digital camera, so you can take as many photos as you need to. I found that it needed to be kept still to get a clearer photo when not using the flash (the centre photo of the postcards is the only one I used the flash on) but I used my tripod (I think it was about £15 from Argos a few years ago, it looks pretty similar to this one at Amazon* though) and the remote (which cost me £20 a few years ago from a little shop in Chester. For some reason, they don’t sell this model anymore, instead replacing it with one thats 3 times bigger and doesn’t clip onto the strap)

I’m not sure I would have spent the £47 (including shipping to the UK) that it should have cost me on Lomography, but for £20, this is a nice little toy to have.

Oh Diana

I’m still in mourning for my 50mm lens. Oh lens, you were so good for the photos I wanted to take. I’m currently limited to my kit lens on my SLR, but – have to be honest here – I stole Alexs lovely new camera for the photo in the last post because its just NICE. He has a Sony NEX-5, which looks daft (big lenses, little body) but takes lovely photos. Because of the lack of lenses, I’ve been looking around at other cameras and as always, I ended up on the Lomography website. I like the idea of cameras like the Spinner 360°, Diana and the Holga but I’m far too lazy for the faff of film. (Case in point: I bought a Fisheye camera in 2007. I’m still on the original roll of film.)

I was quite pleased then, to find this Diana Lens for SLR’s. As the site says, “It’s a lovely plastic lens that transforms your beloved hunk of metal and glass into a digital toy camera.” Perfect! At the same time, Groupon* had a deal on nationwide where you gave them £20, and you could spend £50 on their website. I’d also just received some money into my Paypal for something done a few months ago – the signs were all pointing towards buying a lens! After a small amount of faff (the voucher wasn’t behaving as it should), I finally got my lens:

Now I have the oposite problem to Alex’s camera – big camera, tiny lens! I’ve taken a few photos so far, which look pretty good on my camera screen, but haven’t had the chance to play with it properly. Maybe this weekend!

edit: Oops, forgot to mention that the lens I went for was the 38mm super wide one. I went for this one after researching about the different ones. I realised while writing this post that this is actually the set that Photojojo sell!

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