Per­for­mance

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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.

Per­for­mance

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.

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