Lomography Wednesday: Holga Lens Review

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The Holga lens for Nikon and Canon is the classic Holga lens with various mount for most DSLR camera. The lens is supposed to transform your digital camera into a toy camera using the unique Holga lens to create distorted and whimsical photos without the need of a full Holga camera or using film. It has the same focusing options as the original lens (mountain, crowd, group, 1 person) and even vignettes. I’ve owned my Holga lens for Nikon for almost 2 years now and actually have the Diana version of it too (review here) and thought it was about time that I review to. I will do a comparison between the two sometime later this summer as well so look out for that. To start I thought I’d show you what’s possible with the lens and show you  side by side comparisons of my Nikon D7000 with a regular DSLR lens to the Holga lens.

Landscape and group photos

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*my Nikon DSLR has a double exposure mode built in so only possible if your camera supports it

 Nikon with regular lens and then Holga lens:

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Lomography Review: Disderi Robot Camera

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The Disderi Robot 3 Lens Camera is an all plastic toy camera with a fixed focus, shutter, and aperture (f8) that uses 35mm film. It has 3 lens and roughly cost $10 depending on what store you pick it up from (mine was 10$ with free shipping). There are other robot cameras with 2 or 4 lenses as well but the Robot 3 is the one being reviewed today. There is not much more information about this camera or the company Disderi but it’s a relatively basic operational camera. Lets get into some example shots and then I’ll give my thoughts on the Disderi Robot 3 camera.

Portrait
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Self Portrait
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Bright Sunny Day
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Cloudy
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Shade
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Dusk
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Inside
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*this by a big window on a sunny day

Still Life
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Motion
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Sideways
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 Well that’s all of the various situations I could think of for the  Disderi Robot Camera in action. I hope that gives a good idea of what the camera is capable of and different ways it can be utilized

Review:

So let’s get into why I love this camera so much. If you are familiar with my blog this will hardly come as a surprise to you since I’ve been posting photos all the time taken with this camera. The Robot 3 for $10 you get a super light easy to use grab and go camera that takes wonderful photos. I’ve used it with 100 and 400 ISO film and had good results with both, as well it adapts well to various lighting scenarios (worst being when it’s sunny and subject is in shade). My biggest complaint about the Oktomat and other multi-lens cameras are they always looks so muddy and there is little wiggle room between getting a photo that turns out either too dark or over exposed. I don’t have this issue however with the Robot 3. It adjusts well to lightening which is surprising considering it has no settings in which to change and I don’t get random light flares in my photos like the Oktomat which is positive. With that said the biggest strength about the Robot 3 is the way the 3 lens meld into each other creating this top full width shot with the two smaller ones below overlapping each other with an almost oval shape. Most multiple lens camera separate the shots on the film with black bars and this creates a disjoint between the shots so I find this blended way so much more appealing and you can create some really neat shots that way. The shots do look a bit funny when taken vertically instead of horizontal but that’s typical to most multi-lens cameras. The camera is also pretty darn cute, I got the white base with the green robot face and highlights but there is a lot of different options out there just in case you were a fan of this particular color scheme (I love it). The quality of the resulting images is also surprisingly good, I found the fixed focus works well and it can be used in many different situations and give good results. Moving the camera or subject does work depending on the speed but I find when it does blur it is usually a nice effect. There no flash or ability to add a flash so this is limited to being a camera that you can only use during the day and outside. As well the viewfinder is useless. So useless that using it will likely cause your photos to be completely the opposite of what you wanted instead of better. As well the obvious is that there is nothing you can manually set on this camera as every setting is fixed.  That is the only negatives I can think of and for a lot of toy camera those are almost standard negatives. Also worth noting is the Robot 3 is not capable of doing double exposures out of the box (perhaps a way to change way I haven’t really looked into that). I love this camera, it’s been my go to camera all summer, it is just so easy to drop into your bag and click away (the sound the shutter makes btw is so satisfying) and you will not be disappointment when the film gets developed. I suggest getting it for taking fun casual photos of life and friends, I really enjoy it and love the results.

My Top 10 Disderi Robot Camera Photos:

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Lomography Wednesday: Diana F SLR Lens Adaptor Review

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The Diana F + SLR Lens Adaptor is available for both Nikon and Canon style mounts and allows you to attach a Diana lens to any SLR camera with the corresponding mount type. Its ranges around $10-15 however unlike the Holga version it does not come with the lens itself which means you will also need to own a Diana F+ camera as it is merely a mount. I didn’t realize this myself having purchased the Holga adapter a few months before and actually had this mount sitting around for 7 months before I finally picked up a Diana F+ camera. I will be doing a comparison review of the Diana adaptor and the Holga adaptor at a later time, so look out for that. I haven’t bought any of the additional lens that you can buy for Diana so this is just using the regular Diana F+ lens ( I may pick up a Fish Eye lens at some point).  The best way to show you the effect of a Diana lens is showing you a shot from the same spots with my Nikon 18-55 lens and then with the Diana adapter and lens:

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Conclusion:

The first thing that struck me about the Diana F+ adapter is how poorly it was made, it does not make a secure bond with the camera and you will catch yourself unscrewing it or it falling off quiet frequently. This is due in part to the fact that the Diana F+ lens requires you to twist the end of the lens to change focusing distance and the adapter was not built with this is mind. It is also due to the fact you have to twist the Diana F+ lens onto the adapter and then twist the adapter onto the Nikon mount.  So what happens is when you are changing focus distance with it you often notice that the adapter gets twisted off of the Nikon mount. It can be quiet distracting having to be conscious that your lens can come unscrewed from the mount at any time. Another downside is that if you want the classic Diana look, you will have to manually convert all your shots into square images. As someone who is use to seeing Holga and Diana shots in the square format I find it looks odd to be a full shot. However the great advantage with the adapter is you can attach it to a DSLR which means you have unlimited shots and it can save you a lot of money not having to buy film or developing cost. I was disappointed that this adapter was not a stand alone product and required you to already own a Diana F+ camera, as a Holga girl myself I was excited to try the Diana F+ lens and compare it to the Holga to get an idea of the different between the camera without having to buy an actual Diana F+ camera. The adapter can be used with other Diana F+ lens, like Fish Eye which is nice as it makes the adapter more versatile. Those additional lens are quiet expensive though ranging around the $25-$45. All in all I really like being able to use my Diana lens with my Nikon as it gives more versatility and the option to preview my shots without having to worry about wasting film, and it can make really cool effects. The shots look they were taken from the cameras everyone had in their house before we all turned digital, the $100 automatic film cameras of the 90’s and early 2000s. Its a nogasgic look and its its fun to play around with. But it doesn’t really feel like the shots you can achieve when you have Diana camera in your hand and 120 film to shoot on. Its more than the large format and the fact that it wasn’t taken with film, I find something missing but at the same time…I still bring my adapter along with me to takes photos as I enjoy the results. I’d say if you already got the Diana F+ camera and wanted to try it out on your SLR camera, then its worth the $15 you will pay for it. Otherwise I’d say maybe just trying a film camera instead – it will be more rewarding.

12 Diana F+ Adapter Shots:

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