The close-up lens makes this bundle really appealling -- not that the 55-mm lens is not a decent addition to you arsenal in itself.
The Diana 55mm/close-up objective pair is a really interesting piece in the Diana inventory. Although there is nothing wrong with the 55-mm objective, it in itself it is really nothing special. For a wide-ranged shot, the 38-mm Diana objective is much, much better – and is not inferior to the 55-mm one in any aspect. The 55-mm objective’s drawing is even a bit more hazy – I somehow like the more distinct dreaminess of the original objective or the sharper, more detailed lines of the 38-mm objective.
Of course, this lens does not come in itself – it comes with a nice adapter lens, which makes it possible to make real close-up shots with the Diana. This adds an entirely new feature to this versatile camera: you can go real up close and personal, grab very small details – be it a coffee cup, a portion of someone’s face or some classical macro models, like flowers or jewelry. It takes pictures on a fixed 15cm-range, and the depth of field is really shallow – the beautifully blurred backgrounds really help you to emphasize what you want.
So I would primarily recommend this pair of lenses to those who want to have the macro feature on their Diana – of course, if you do not spend much money on Diana objectives, the 55-mm lens is a decent entry to the realm of wide-angled shots. Either way, make sure you include a 15cm-long stick or string in your Diana set – you will find much use of it while you are having fun with the macro objective.
In the first part of my Lomo'Instant Wide Review I already showed pictures you can take with the standard 90mm lens, the wide angle lens, the close-up lens, the splitzer and the remote control. But with all the other extras this camera can do so much more!
When we said this camera was wide, we meant it! And when you add the wide-angle lens attachment to your Lomo'Instant Wide, that's when the magic really starts to happen! Now you can capture the whole picture in a snap!
Who says that instant cameras can't deliver stunning results? The Lomo'Instant Wide's close-up lens gives you great focus. It's perfect for capturing tranquil scenes and eye-catching textures with great detail and sharpness!
Jim Marshall was in the forefront of the accidental movement that was Haight-Ashbury. He documented the music revolution from the best angles: up-close with Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and many more icons-in-the-making.
Have you ever wondered what would happen when a Petzval is paired with a close up lens? Wonder no longer — a match made in heaven! We got up close and personal with the Petzval and think the results speak for themselves — but get in there and have a look for yourself!
The new Petzval Lens has proven itself a master of close-up shots and soulful portraits time and time again. Now some of our talented community members have stepped it up a notch and aimed the Petzval at city-scapes. From snow-capped pedestrians, couples chatting in parks, bustling markets, or people waiting to get on the metro - the beautiful banalities of city life are covered in these eloquent shots. Scroll through this gallery we've put together just for you to get a taste of the Petzval's urban potential!
Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.
Chris Pollard is a UK based fashion photographer with a penchant for analogue cameras and methods. He took the Lomo'instant Wide to London Fashion Week and got up-close-and-personal with some of the hottest models, designers and bloggers at this prestigious event.
Capture the world and all its contours in vibrant, wide-angled photographs any time, any where! The LC-A 120 is an adventure of its own with lots of exciting functions to experiment with, like seamless long exposures or full ISO control. It's also super-fast and ultra-compact - perfect for your everyday. If you're worried about the Medium Format film, don't be! You are free to use any 120 Film you want and there are plenty to choose from. In fact, that's what makes this camera so versatile! Scroll through this gallery for a little taste of the glorious shots this nifty invention is capable of.
Every summer I get a burst of analogue excitement when I see the flowers starting to bloom. My favorite summer pastime is to take glorious shots of plants and flowers, and for perfect dreamy shots, I like to use the Diana Close-Up lens. Join me as I take you through a garden of analogue delights.
In case you missed it, Lomography has just unveiled the latest member of its Art Lens family: the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens, which boasts of the same optics that the legendary LC-A camera has and brings the classic Lomographic style not only to analog but also to the digital platform. Over the next few days we'll be sharing with you the first impressions of and photographs taken by members of the Lomography team, who had gone out and put the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 to the test. First up is graphic designer Andrea Cislaghi, who coupled this lens with the Bessa R2 and Sony Alpha 7.
Looper is a Scottish Indie/Electronic band fronted by former Belle and Sebastian bassist Stuart David. Lomography has teamed up with Looper and Mute, a UK-based record label, to bring you this special rumble where you can win a LomoKino, a Looper bundle which includes a 5-CD Box Set signed by the band, live cassette and badge. On top of this Looper will be selecting their favourite photos to be featured in their latest music video which is aptly called “I’m a Photograph”! You’d be mad not to enter! Read on for details.
Not long after Alex Timmermans purchased his first digital camera at the turn of the century, he quickly realized the trappings of digital photography couldn't fulfill his personal photographic desires. He then began searching for a more challenging process — one that wasn't so predictable. His journey eventually landed him back at the roots of analogue photography, specifically employing the wet plate collodion process using original Petzval lenses. This antique photographic process found in him a renewed inspiration and has since become his passion, which is evident in both his words and his images.