I’ve been looking for DSLR lenses that can capture moody, dreamy, and nostalgic images for quite a while now . . .
I had the inkling that Lomography Diana F+ and Holga lenses would do the trick; but, I only had vague ideas of what these lenses can do (minus analogue films, filters, gels, and post-processing).
Since the only way I can find out for sure is by testing these lenses personally, I did just that.
I ended up purchasing 2 different Lomography Diana F+ lenses (the 38mm Super Wide Angle Lens and the 110mm Telephoto Lens) and 2 Holga lenses (the 60mm lens and the pinhole lens). But, this lens is the one I’ve been using the most.
As you will see below, none of the photographs I captured using this lens looks particularly wide angled. It’s because this lens was created for a medium format camera. On my full frame DSLR, this lens functions – more or less – like a 72mm lens.
[If you’d like to read a more detailed information about this, here is an article I found particularly helpful]
I received the lenses around 5:30 pm. But, since I couldn’t wait to try them, I had to shoot the images at 1/25 sec and very high ISO. (I could’ve used studio lighting; but, it won’t create the kind of dreamy and mysterious images I aimed to create).
As you see, the images look super dark. So, I decided to try again the next day.
I captured the second set of images on a beach (at 1/200 sec and ISO 100 – 600), a few hours before sunset.
I love the effects this lens create . . . the chromatic aberration, the velvety soft focus, and the vintage vibe . . . I can’t wait to create more images using this lens.
1. Diana F+ Lomography Diana F+ 38mm Super Wide Angle Lens
2. Lomography Diana F+ 110mm Telephoto Lens
3. Lomography Diana F+ Adaptor: Canon EOS mount | Nikon F mount
4. Canon EOS 5DS
Edit: If you are wondering how the digital images compare with the analog Diana F+ images, check out some of my sample images (captured using Kodak Portra)