What do you get when you use a Diana+ 20mm fisheye lens on your film SLR camera during a lomo walk? Pretty interesting results.
I was fortunate enough to be lent a Diana+ 20mm Fisheye Lens and a Diana F+ SLR Adaptor Nikon Mount for a weekend. In fact, it was a combination that I’ve always wanted to try. So when I had it for the weekend, I decided to attach them to my Nikon F601 SLR camera (aka the Nikon N6006).
According to other Lomographers’ experience, the lens is a sunlight lover. As I will be shooting in an urban environment with lots of shade and shadows, I decided to use a roll of Lomography CN 800 film.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able go far to play with the combination. I only had two hours in the afternoon so I decided to just check out a particular block of flats in Toa Payoh, Singapore. Block number 157 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 is a convex-shaped building located diagonally opposite Toa Payoh Town Park and Toa Payoh HDB Hub. Its location makes it one of the most highly visible block of flats in Toa Payoh but probably also one of the most overlooked.
One sculpture that greets those motorists entering from the Toa Payoh South Flyover is a snake-like looking piece of art. This being the year of the snake, I thought I should give it a closer look during a solo-lomo walk.
Walking around your neighbourhood armed with the toy lens on a modern film SLR camera made me pay special attention to the lighting conditions.
Also because the lens was probably fixed at F8 or F11, I had to use a slower shutter speed. This meant keeping things as steady as possible. My solution was to look for subjects that won’t run from me.
Looking at the photos, I dare say that though I was using an automatic film SLR with great features it as really about getting back to basics. It was a good experience using this setup and walking around a corner of your neighbourhood.
Read the review of this setup here
See more photos from this solowalk here