Lomography

Lomography

These photos were taken with the Diana+ lenses with a DSLR adaptor on a Canon 5D Mark II.

If you’re not used to lomography, it’s a learning curve. Shooting on a full frame (or cropped frame) DSLR means you don’t get the unpredictable wanted defects of discolouration of lomo on film and the vignetting. The fish eye doesn’t do the true fisheye effects either.

A few things to note if you’re just learning as I just started this exploration:

  • Camera has to be in manual mode. Optional is aperture priority which I found overexposed images and had to adjust for it.
  • Manual focus. The good part of using a DSLR is that you can see the results (more or less) on your LCD. If you’re using the 110 telephoto, you can manual move the lens until your subject is in focus but the 5m to infinity mode appears to make everything blurry. I have to explore more but it seems that the lenses also only focus in the center of the image. So focusing on anything off center was blurry (or as in lomo description – dreamy).
  • Buy more than one adaptor if you buy more than one lens. The adaptor locked into the DSLR well but the adaptor to the lenses are inconsistent. Being made of cheap plastic, one of my adaptors locked into place and it can’t be removed any more. Also, bring some kind of removable tape. Another lens refused to stay put and kept falling off.

Lots more to learn and practice. Lomo was much harder than I thought it’d be. The results aren’t the typical saturated images we see as examples. There’s a lot of photos to take before you get what you think you got. If you’re used to taking more traditional photos, accepting and forcing errors is a serious unlearning curve.