4.5.10

dreamy diana

A little while ago the kind folks over at Photojojo sent me a Diana lens with adapter for my DSLR. I was tickled! I love my Diana cameras (my collection includes a Diana+ from 2008 that I now use with a Diana Instant Back+, a Diana Mini, and a Diana Dreamer), and I was excited to try for the same sorts of effects with my Nikon. I have been happily experimenting with film (I love my LC-A+), but I cannot deny the convenience of a DSLR.

The results with this lens were pretty different than the ones I've had with actual Diana cameras (no light leaks, vignetting, etc.), but I have fallen in love with it. I have only had it for a few days and have yet to spend much time experimenting (it only works in full manual). I love how it catches the light and makes it shimmery, jewel-like. I love natural light, and so I don't mind when a picture is absolutely suffused with it and even blown out. It makes everything soft and hazy. So, so dream-like. At times the pictures are blurry, but I think it's a matter of practice and maintaining the proper distance (a minimum of 1m).


I am quite picky about what I like and don't like, even though I don't take picture-takin' too seriously & don't really know what I'm doing. But this lens? It is perfect for me. It's what I used for the the pictures in my Miu Miu DIY post. I had a couple of prints made from some pictures taken this weekend, and they printed beautifully. I daresay they look better printed than on the screen.

I would love to see this lens in some of your hands! It is definitely the Lula magazine of camera lenses. I hope to use it in all sorts of sweet contexts: a spring picnic, a day at the beach.

New favourite combination: star cut-out nude patent F-Troupes with polka-dot tights. Pulling these tights on resulted in a funny sensation that I hadn't felt since maybe 1989! Polka dot memory.


The lens is a plastic 38mm super wide lens that can also be used with a Diana camera, plus a Nikon adapter that works on any SLR with an F mount. There is also a Canon adapter that works on the EOS mount. The adapters can also be used with the Diana lenses that are available, including telephoto and close-up. I would like to get a close-up lens next because I seem to be quite fond of taking pictures of tiny things from a short distance.


I made new collars and this time they turned out! So happy with these two.

I remembered to bring a new box of tissues to work with me and the whole ride over I had this little cat face staring up at me.




A golden decal from Shanna Murray -- tucked in a secret spot in the dining room, just as a wee reminder.






REPLIES: dreamcat press corps.

ilovesasek: Oh! I am just bursting with ideas for blogging, which is nice as I went through a bit of a rut before. I'm just flattered people read them at all. I'm glad you like my cat obsession! When people say things like that it makes me feel a little more normal, ha.

Tess: Yes! We have to stick together. We are not crazy! Well, not that crazy.

nancy : The Sway Report: Thank you! Oh, no apologies necessary! That is a fine lady to be mixed up with, though!

CARLY WAITO: Oh yay! That's so funny, what a great painting. I think I took the term "dreamcat" from my friend Annie -- it was one of her nicknames for Oreo!

Kate: I know, right? It was in my regular Tumblr for about a year. Time to show it off, I think.

happy birthday, geoff

Thank you to everyone for leaving birthday greetings for Geoff! He reads all the comments on this blog and I know that they make him happy. xo

13 comments:

  1. so lovely! your style is so fantastic. the cat kleenex is king!

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  2. My sis got that lens and I was wondering how it was, I love my Diana, but once I left school/photo lab, it's been tough to pull out. Might have to get this to play around with, I love how dreamy it is. Love where you put shanna's decal, I am still figuring out where to put mine.

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  3. So fun!! I am going nuts for analog, totally rediscovering it now that I'm not completely broke and can pay for printing & supplies. I just got a holga!! So excited. This lens is totally cute, maybe will be my next camera purchase?

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  4. so, i think this lens may be the final argument necessary for me buying an SLR. i LOVE the photos.

    and, this really was a necessary component to 'dream cats'. -noel

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  5. i mighhhht need this. why did you have to show me! i'm trying to be fruuuuuugal!

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  6. THIS IS SO COOL! oh man, how am i not going to buy this now? thanks a lot, miss! i'm trying to save up here! :D

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  7. are you selling those collars?

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  8. That picture with the tree, flowers, sky thingy, I love it! I keep staring and staring at it! My eyeballs and brain love it lol.

    (Also, my word verification for this post is'whodatt'. Haha!)

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  9. oh my god this information is way too dangerous. i went to their site. no no no. i love that tiny video camera. video... i have a pile of cameras. agh. must stayed focused.

    something i find funny is that i keep pushing forward with how i shoot. i know i'm supposed to keep it consistent within my store but it's hard to stop. at first my new camera really irked me. but i like it now. it's like a giant lego. but the wide angle lense bugs me. i having slanting walls all over the place!

    and an odder thing is happening, i'm starting to like that photoshopped skin look. i have never had a problem with fakeness. i love so many aesthetics for everything. fake, ultrasoft, etc. i'm just surprised at this particulary manifestation. sort of chromed out soft focus with some somewhat obvious photoshopping. wow.

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  10. Eep. I bought this lens online over the weekend and I'm so thrilled with the results you got. I can't wait to get it in my hands!

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  11. Wow, wow, wow! These photos turned out marvelous. So ethereal. It's gorgeous. I love the one of the flowers.

    Mustart x

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  12. ohhhh, i love this lens! i need to get one. i'm having fun with my white slim angel thanks to you. now i need this lens. your photos look so dreamy!
    also, i'm with you on the hair, i've been growing mine out for ages. and then i cut it again into a bob. oh well. but i bleached my dark hair out years ago and it was terrible! so brassy. tread lightly my friend.....

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  13. These photos are so lovely! Makes me want to go on a vacation. Do you know if the lens works on other cameras?

    Which photo chain is that? I get my films developed and scanned at Shopper's drug mart for $2.99+tax, but your deal sounds so awesome.

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