It’s not exactly sharp but definition is strangely good at the centre of the image, for such a basic lens. There’s still plenty of lo-fi blurriness towards the edges, and vignetting in the corners, especially on FX bodies. Those in pursuit of images that are devoid of contrast and detail will be better served by this lens than anything else on test. Physically, the 110mm Telefoto dwarfs the other two Diana+ lenses but it’s still unfeasibly small and light for a 110mm lens, measuring just 68x53mm and tipping the scales at 65g – including the Nikon mount adaptor! Its single plastic element is relatively large.
The manual focus control is based on rotation of the forward section of the two-part barrel. Unlike the other Diana+ lenses on test, you therefore don’t need to reach into the front of the lens barrel and fish around for a focus dial. The ring has markings for two metres, four metres and five metres to infinity, but they’re a very rough guide. As with the other Diana+ lenses, the aperture isn’t specified, but equates to f/7.1 in our tests. This makes the Diana+ lenses much ‘faster’ than the Holga lens.
Any sharpness or contrast in images is negligible, there’s a touch of barrel distortion, which is a novelty for a telephoto lens, and fringing can be noticeable around high-contrast edges near the corners of the image. Overall, if you’re hell-bent on truly poor image quality, you’ll find this lens deeply satisfying.