Getting Greedy with the Diana F+ 38mm Super Wide Lens


I will admit that I’m a bit of a glutton – I’ve always thought, why settle for less? I apply this attitude to most of my life, and my photography is no different. So, the 38mm Super Wide Angle Lens is the perfect match for me and my Diana F+,

Credits: ava_maria

I’d only owned my Diana F+ for a few months before I started collecting any and all accessories available, and it didn’t take too long for me to fall in love with the 38mm Super Wide Angle Lens. It’s been about three years, and I still keep it on my Diana F+ as my standard lens, and if I’m in a situation where I can only take one lens with me (rare, but it’s happened!), there’s no question that it’ll be the Super Wide Angle Lens.

So why does the 38mm Super Wide have such a hold on my heart?

Firstly, the 38mm Super Wide Angle lens offers a gloriously wide 120° angle of view – a fair bit wider than the both the 75mm standard or 55mm Wide Angle lenses. This means that you can capture so much more in your frames that you would otherwise be able to. I use my Diana F+ mostly when I travel, and the 38mm Super Wide lens is perfect for both architecture and landscapes, because you can fit so much in, without having to be too far away from your subject. I took the following four photos to compare the angle of view and perspectives from my Diana lenses – the 75mm standard, 55mm Wide Angle, 38mm Super Wide, and the 110mm Telephoto. They were all taken from the exact same spot, so you can really see the differences the lenses make.

Credits: ava_maria

(And yes, I do still need to work on holding my camera straight!)

Secondly, I love the look that the 38mm Super Wide lens gives. One thing that I always worry about with wide lenses is the risk of image distortion. No matter how much I love wide angled shots, serious distortion doesn’t really do it for me. It’s why I’ll never be a fan of fish-eye lenses, even though some people do some really lovely, creative things with them. So I’ve always been happy to find the image distortion with the 38mm Super Wide lens to be pretty minimal. It does happen, but I’ve only noticed it on a handful of photos – usually when I’m close to my subject, toward the edges of the image, or when there are really straight lines in the shot. You can see the degree of distortion the 38mm Super Wide lens gives pretty clearly in these shots:

Credits: ava_maria

But despite that, I find horizons are generally lovely and straight, and there is a good fidelity between the real life subject and the photo. I know that doesn’t matter to everyone, but that’s one thing that I look for! Those dreamy Diana F+ characteristics – vignettes, soft edges, clear but softened focus – aren’t lost with the 38mm Super Wide either!

Are there any problems with the 38mm Super Wide lens? I can’t really think of any! It might take a little while to get used to framing your shots, because the Super Wide gives you so much more in your frame to consider. I have also heard that some people find their 38mm Super Wide lens gives them more lens flare in their photos, which is probably because the lens is larger and less shaded, but I don’t necessarily see this as a bad thing!

I love all of the Diana lenses – there’s nothing like a bit of choice! But I think it’s pretty safe to say that the 38mm Super Wide lens is my favourite, and will be for a good long while!

Credits: ava_maria

The classic super-wide perspective is a favourite of street photographers and photojournalists the world over. Make your images scream with detail and get the distinct Diana+ look of vignetting and dreaminess with the Diana+ 38mm Super-Wide Angle Lens! Don’t wait – get your own Diana+ lenses in our Shop now.

written by ava_maria on 2012-03-23 #gear #review #38mm #lens #super-wide #lomography #super-wide-lens #diana-f #user-review


  1. cpolpa
    cpolpa ·

    i want to try the lens ;))

  2. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    I use this lens more than the original because I love the results. :D

  3. ava_maria
    ava_maria ·

    @cpolpa - you should! I love it so much, I can't recommend it enough :D
    @neanderthalis - likewise! Usually I only take two lenses with me, my super-wide and my telephoto, and that's it ;)

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