I recently got the Nikon adapter for Diana lenses, but what the hell am I supposed to do with it...?
This was basically an impulse purchase – I figured since I have three Nikon SLRs and six Diana lenses, the adapter would be great for some cool lo-fi plastic-lens shots on a camera I can actually control. However, I hadn’t realised that, once the adapter is attached, you have NO CONTROL over the aperture setting, and becasuse the camera does not recognise the lenses, the built-in light meter is of NO USE AT ALL either. And of course, the instructions that come with it don’t even mention these issues, so they are also of NO HELP AT ALL…! I figure my only option is to put the cam in manual or aperture-priority mode and set the shutter speed manually, using the Sunny 16 rule (major bummer, as I was relying on using the light meter to avoid having to do the maths for every shot!). However, to do that, you need to know what the F number of the lens is when fully open (since that’s the only position you can ever use it in). Still, I’m determined to load a roll and get out there and test this thing out, but it would be really helpful if any of you gurus could offer any tips, or at least let me know what the F numbers of the 38mm, 55mm and 75mm Diana lenses are. All advice greatly appreciated….! Thanks.