When used with a film SLR, this toy lens will offer the still life or landscape photographer another creative photo option. Read on to learn why.
The idea of being able to use the Diana lenses on my Nikon SLR cameras was an interesting one.
Having read about the SLR mount adaptor for the Diana lenses, I become intrigued. Why? I have a couple of Nikon SLR film cameras and I wanted to obtain the trademark effects of the Diana F+ lenses with my Nikon F Series SLR cameras.
However, while the idea was a novel one, the comments and reviews by users were mixed. This was mostly due to the particular lens used. For example, a Diana F+ 38mm lens will become a 72 mm lens on an SLR.
Yet, I didn’t want to know the effects of the ‘longer’ lenses; from 38mm and above. I wanted to know how the Diana 20mm Fisheye lens will handle the photo opportunities that I will be throwing at it.
And one day, my wish was granted (all thanks to a particular friend, whom I will call ‘O’). I was given the opportunity to try out the Fisheye lens with a Diana Lens Adaptor for Nikon SLR.
First thing to note if you are using this lens, it will no longer be a 20mm Fisheye lens. It will become a 40mm lens. So, you are not going to get the Fisheye effect as you would on a Diana F+ camera.
Second, when used with an automatic SLR, such as the Nikon F601, you will have to switch it to manual mode in order to use it. According to the product description, ‘each fisheye image shows massive depth of field, so your subject and background will be nice and crispy clear.’ This means that you would probably be shooting it at a fixed aperture of F11. You can only adjust the shutter speed.
Knowing that the Fisheye lens is a light lover, I went shooting at high noon. For the purpose of my little experiment, I used the Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100 slide film. Surprisingly, the fastest shutter speed that I shot at was 1/125. Most photos were snapped at 1/60. Thus, a tripod may be the order of the day if you are going to use this lens set up.
Reviewing my first roll, I started to notice some peculiarities.
1. It has a ‘barrel’ effect.
2. It can create some dramatic shots.
3. Grain is evident even when using an ISO 100 slide film. But the nice thing is that this lens can still produce the saturated effect that the Diana lenses are known for.
My review of this lens set up is based on what I would normally shoot in a city. Having shot a couple of rolls, my conclusion is that this lens when used with an SLR camera is probably best suited for creative landscapes, cityscapes and still life photography.
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