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Diana Macro Lens StudyOctober 26, 2013

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I do not like to play favorites with my toy cameras, however I do go through phases where I use certain ones more than others. I think these phases are healthy because it gives each camera the individual attention that it needs. During my Diana+ phase, I purchased an accessory that enables you to attach a plastic Diana lens to you digital DSLR. To clarify, a Diana+ is a plastic camera with a plastic lens that makes soft focus images. Following the purchase, I did a few tests with a Diana lens on my Nikon D700. They came out pretty neat, but I did not pursue making additional work using the plastic lens. This past weekend, I was feeling really motivated (by coffee) to give the Diana Lens/D700 combo another try. I decided to use the Macro Lens attachment and do a study of images to see what came out. The above image is how the lens is intended to be used. You can take lovely macro images with a soft-focus look. After taking some shots, I looked around with the macro lens still fixed to the camera. My surroundings literally became a blur because the lens can only focus on objects that are inches away from it. I liked this effect a lot and moved forward with taking photographs of things far away with the macro lens on the camera. The following images were made using this technique.

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