The age of the Hybrid camera is upon us.


I’m testing out the Diana+ 75mm Premium Glass Lens with a Nikon D90 with a Nikon adaptive mount. I decided to submit the image of this hybrid set up to the weekly ‘I am Nikon’ (Nikon Europe) Top 10 – I was lucky enough to be featured and I was asked why I called it ‘I am Hybrid’ My answer is as follows.

Why hybrid?
It’s hybrid as it embraces the combination of digital technology with an analogue Diana+ 75mm Premium Glass Lens with a Nikon mount. So old and new – combining analog and digital features making it a hybrid.

I’ll be making more images with the Diana+ glass lens and the Nikon soon – plus a full review.

Credits: scootiepye

I consider the petzval and Nikon in combination also of course to be a hybrid.

Credits: scootiepye

Does anyone have images to show of hybrids? Please link below!

written by scootiepye on 2014-07-01


  1. scootiepye
    scootiepye ·

    Please leave a link to any hybrid images you might have ^^

  2. -l
    -l ·

    I don't get it why physics now can be analog or digital, not to mention hybrid... As to the lens it's unimportant to which kind of camera it is mounted to.

  3. scootiepye
    scootiepye ·

    @-I hey I'm not sure what you mean sorry - as you can apply physics to both analogue and digital cameras and lenses.

  4. -l
    -l ·

    @scootiepye Well, you got it. ;) And as such it's not "hybrid" using "analog" lenses with digital cameras.

  5. scootiepye
    scootiepye ·

    @-I by definition - Something having two kinds of components that produce the same or similar results is a hybrid ^^

  6. -l
    -l ·

    Sorry for my late reply.
    I understand that hybrid sounds very cool, you know, but you're wrong.
    Manual lenses from analog times work just as their brothers and sisters from nowadays. In terms of physics there's no difference. There's no lens system existing that solely is dedicated to analog, nor digital cameras (even such lenses with apertures controlled by digital chips don't stop working just because they're mounted to a film camera; the aperture just stays wide open). In fact, it's just the mounting that sets the limits.
    People are using manual lenses on digital cameras since decades by now.
    In contrary to the hybrid workflow, where you are scanning analog film material rather than enlarging it the "old-fashioned way". This really can be called hybrid.
    But lenses are lenses, they use the same laws of optics and physics.

  7. etsuhemp
    etsuhemp ·

    When it comes to the term “hybrid,” I am in no way any type of semantic arbitrator. But allow me to throw in my 2¢:

    The point that "-l" has been making is valid in that the purpose of any lens is to bend light which is analog in nature (or, for that matter, analog in Nature). Digital lens can indeed be configured to “stupid mode” by switching off all of the automatic features and still be used with an DSLR body. Placing a DSLR system in full manual mode allows the photographer to replicate the full user authority—and inconvenience—of a 1970's era SLR. So far, so good.

    Scootiepye's usage of the term “hybrid” seems to be a good-faith attempt to describe a combination of a DSLR with some type of analog-only lens. These types of hybrid assemblages offer the convenience of high fidelity digital image capture and storage with the intellectual engagement of old-school light metering, non-zooming framing and manual focusing to achieve some desired composition and depth of field. The ability to view the results immediately using the digital body's screen allows for more rapid experimentation with ISO and shutter speed to zero in on the desired depth of field for an optimized image. Finally, being able to employ computer-based tools for image manipulation really appeals to our modern expectations of immediate gratification...especially for those of us who have no space or tolerance for a chemical-infused darkroom.

    Possibly, the linguistic trouble can be traced to the interviewer's use of the phrase “camera type.” From an engineering perspective, Scootiepye's “hybrid” is not so much a “camera type” per se but one style of a hybrid image capture system... in this case, the combination of any type of advanced digital SLR and an analog lens. Given the recent trend of companies offering “analog-only” lenses (e.g., the Lomography+Zenit Petzval 85mm “Art” lens); photographers, reviewers, & manufacturers need some type of terminology to describe the combination of these analog-only devices with modern digital camera bodies. “Hybrid” seems a completely reasonable word to use.

    Interestingly for me, my Nikon D80's light-metering system doesn't work when the 1850's style Petzval lens is installed. I am therefore forced to use some type of light meter to dial in an ISO and set a shutter speed based upon a fixed aperture. In my situation, my "hybrid system" consists of a DSLR/Petzval pair and a free light meter app for my smart phone. I guess it is all in how one looks upon it.

  8. scootiepye
    scootiepye ·

    @-l I think we need to agree to disagree on this one
    @etsuhemp eloquent summary, I appreciate the time you took to put in your 2 cents.

    I consider it to be a hybrid combination. But I figure you get that already :)

  9. jourdanlynch
    jourdanlynch ·

    A collection of 120 backs for the Hasselblad + a digital back = HYBRID lol

  10. scootiepye
    scootiepye ·

    @jourdanlynch *nods yeah he :)

  11. akula
    akula ·

    Good blogs generate thought and discussion - this is a good blog.