The Diana 110m Telephoto Lens: A Hazy Glance to the Distance

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Although not for complete beginners or those without a steady eye, the 110mm Telephoto Lens can enchance the abilities of your Diana even further.

If there is one function that the Diana camera definitely lacks is the telephoto ability. While portrait-making is one of the most basic and traditional photographic tasks, even the basic objective’s angle of view is a bit too wide to make a nice, courteous portrait. The 110-mm telephoto lens tries to help in that matter. However, it is definitely not an accessory for beginners.

First of all, with the increase of the focal length, the depth of field shrank quite a bit; meaning that guessing the actual distance is very difficult. While the original Diana manual encourages you not to give too much thought to the distance (and all the other lenses are fairly tolerant in that matter), here you definitely have to consider your shooting distance very carefully – or you have to go with extremely unsharp pictures. Secondly, the lens is soft – the softest lens I have ever seen in my whole life. If you have any inclination towards hard contours, you better prepare yourself because this is what you definitely won’t get.

A rather strange thing you have to get used to is that this lens does not have an infinite-distance focus. It works till 5m: beyond that, pictures get unrecognizably blurry and unsharp. It limits the usability of the lens fairly well. Unfortunately, it also means that this lens is totally unusable with a DSLR camera and a Diana adapter – this combo pushes out the minimum focal distance of all of the lenses – with this objective, it seems to be beyond 5m, so if you do not have the soul and heart of an impressionist painter, you will not enjoy these photos.

What this lens is the best at is making carefully compsed and thought-out photos. If you take the time to make the right composition from the right distance, it can get you some real beautiful pictures. But while with the other objectives the Diana is a playful and spontaneous companion, with the 110mm lens it becomes quite an eccentric and whimsical lady.

With the Diana+ 110mm Telephoto Lens, your subject will be cast in an absolutely unique and radiantly gorgeous “softened” special effect. Pair this with the Diana F+ plasticky nature and the sheer radiance of medium format film, and you’ve got an all-new category of analogue masterpieces. Get your own Diana+ 110mm Telephoto Lens today!

written by trychydts on 2012-05-04 in #reviews #110mm-telephoto-objective-review-model

3 Comments

  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Thank you for reviewing this. I was considering adding it to my kit and was looking for a write up.

  2. trychydts
    trychydts ·

    Thanks for the feedback! If it's not a problem, please let me know how you decided -- I am really curious.

  3. dianagrama
    dianagrama ·

    I've been crazy for a good review of the soft telephoto for so long ! Thank you really much! I have a few questions if you dont mind! 1) I don't see the strong vignette in your lovely shots. Did you cut the picture? Or it depends of the focus/aperture? I love the cromatic aberrations! I think this is really what "dreammy" is about. It gives the mood that other diana lenses are quite modest - in my opinion. Hope to see a lot of it using this lense! ( by the way my first camera was a diana mini , really not like the diana F, kind of desapointed me) 2) what film did you use on these shots? Well, Anyway, I couldnt resist and just bought my telephoto, like right now! Cheers!

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