Per­for­mance

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There’s plenty of mushi­ness at the cen­tre of the im­age, ris­ing to ex­treme mushi­ness to­wards the edges. With care, it’s pos­si­ble to fo­cus the lens but, in prac­tice, it makes lit­tle dif­fer­ence. Think ‘pre­mium glass’ and you’re prob­a­bly think­ing pro-grade flu­o­rite op­ti­cal glass and ul­tra-low dis­per­sion op­ti­cal el­e­ments. This Diana+ Pre­mium Glass lens doesn’t have that. How­ever, while the other Diana+ lenses on test, not to men­tion the Holga 60mm (re­ally, don’t men­tion it again) boast a sin­gle plas­tic op­ti­cal el­e­ment, the Diana+ 75mm has three el­e­ments, and they’re all made of glass. In the lo-fi world, that’s more than enough to qual­ify it as a pre­mium lens.

More in keep­ing with the lo-fi ethos, it shares a cheap-feel­ing plas­tic bar­rel and mount with the other Diana+ lenses in the group, and it re­quires the same mount adap­tor for fit­ting on Nikon D-SLRs. It also has the same reach-into-the-front fo­cus dial as the Diana+ 55mm, but has an even more ‘pre­cise’ (it re­ally isn’t) fo­cus scale with one me­tre, two me­tres, four me­tres and in­fin­ity mark­ings.

Per­for­mance

The Diana+ 75mm lens’s glass­ware launches its sharp­ness and con­trast into the lo-fi strato­sphere and makes it one of the sharpest lenses in the group, although that’s not say­ing a great deal. There’s lit­tle dis­tor­tion and not much colour fring­ing ei­ther. In­deed, if you’re af­ter the lo-fi look, this lens will prob­a­bly be too good for you.

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