If you wish to have an entirely new photographic experience with your Diana, buy this lens.
The 20mm Fisheye Lens was the last in my collection of Diana objectives. I very rarely find myself in situations when I seriously need that extremely large angle of view. Of course, most Lomographers do not use the Fisheye seriously – but for the funny effect of the distortion. So far, I was not be able to catch this thread, but I did not want my collection to be incomplete.
It is a pretty decent objective. It is very well built and massive, there is a transparent layer of plastic in front the actual lens. Of course, it has an enormous depth of field, so catching the right focus is never really an issue; it draws beautiful pictures with many details – maybe it gives a bit less of the genuine “Diana” feel. It can be very well used with the original and the 35mm back – with the latter it is excellent to capture more in confined spaces – of course, with enormous distortions, but sometimes it is a price that simply has to be paid. Natuarally, you can get the typical, rounded pictures only with 120 mm negatives. If you want to double the fun, the circular format works excellently along with the Ringflash.
One thing is for certain: it not only expands your Diana – it turns into an entirely other camera. It creates a surrealistic world made only of curves – helps to see even the most familiar things totally differently.
While waiting for the new Lomography gem, the wonderful Russar+ lens, I took some photos at a fun fair with my wonderful Mir 20/3.5 super wide angle lens from the big panoramic wheel. Here I'll tell you some tips about the use of this kind of lens. Read more after the jump!
Wide-angle lens are further divided into sub-classifications: Wide, ultra-wide and ultra-ultra-wide. Based on current standards, wide lenses for 35mm cameras are those with focal lengths ranging from 24 to 35mm. Lenses are considered ultra-wide if they have focal lengths from 17 to 21 mm, and ultra-ultra-wide if from 12 to 16mm. The New Russar+ is a 20mm lens; hence it falls under the ultra-wide classification. If you have an ultra-wide lens or if you intend to get the Russar+, you might as well make the most out of your precious investment. Read on for a few guidelines on shooting with ultra-wide lenses.
Have you ever wished that you could just extend the view of your camera to perfectly capture what you see through your viewfinder? See how an artist does exactly just that with this series of sketches based on old photographs.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
If you're lacking in inspiration and are tired of the same journey into work each day fear not! With this simple filter technique you can inject a whole new burst of colour into your photographs. Read on for more information.
As the mother of all modern wide-angle lenses, the New Russar+ Lens shoots sharp wide-angle photos bursting with character. The solid yet compact ultra-wide 20mm lens can be used to photograph practically anything, and is compatible with a variety of film and digital cameras. Certainly this is a lens that delivers, but like anything, you can reap its full potential by choosing ideal subjects and shooting from a creative perspective.
Joe Brook is one of the most popular photographers in the West Coast skate scene, shooting for magazines like Trasher, Juxtapoz, Rolling Stone, and different outlets such as PDN and Kodak. Having previous experience with an old Petzval lens mounted on a 4x5 camera, it was but natural for him to try the new one. Brook talks about finding himself, his work, and shooting with the Lomograhy Petzval Lens in this exclusive interview.
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If you run a small business selling hand made items online, you would know how vitally important it is to have amazing product shots to help sell your work. I tested out the new Petzval lens on some of my hand-printed items to see if I could get a winning shot, and below is an overview of what happened.
The Lomography x Zenit Petzval Lens is traveling all around the world in the hands of the most talented photographers these days. It is now Alex Laurel's turn to try the powers of this lens. The French photographer and surfer who took the Petzval Lens for a walk on the Red Square in Moscow shows us his stunning portraits and talks about his experience with the lens.
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