I have to be honest, when I first pooled my funds to buy a Lomographic camera I had already decided that I was buying a Fisheye 2. But right before making my purchase I discovered the Diana F+ and all her delightful accessories INCLUDING her fisheye lens, and as they say, I was hooked!
Firstly, I LOVE my Diana F+ and do not regret choosing her over the Fisheye 2. I got her and most of her accessories in the Diana Deluxe Kit in November 2010 and apart from the film cameras of my youth she was my first venture into the analogue world of Lomography.
The 20mm Fisheye Lens comes with a plastic mount and special fisheye viewfinder so that you can get an ‘idea’ of how the shot will look on film. When I say ‘idea’ I mean just that. As with most plastic cameras, what you see is not really what you get. But sometimes that’s the point, right? With that in mind, you can certainly frame some fantastically off centered distorted shots once you get used to the idea of imperfection.
Again, another big difference I’ve found between the fisheye lens and the Fisheye camera is there is more variability in the strength of the fisheye effect. Some of my fisheye shots don’t even LOOK like fisheye. (Too many fisheyes in that paragraph!)
The fisheye lens is such a versatile accessory, especially for multiple exposures. Try one shot with the 20mm Fisheye Lens, another with the regular 75mm Diana lens. My favourite combination is to take the first shot 20mm fisheye lens, second shot with 38mm super wide lens all on the Diana 35mm Back, set for panoramic shots with sprocket holes. Phew!
For the best replica of a fisheye camera shot, 120 film is recommended for the Diana, but as you can see the 35mm sprocket holes encase a fisheye shot fantastically. I recommend trying out as many different combinations as you can, after all that’s why the Diana and all her accessories are so popular!