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Lensbaby Composer, Muse, Optic Swap System Review

by Josh Root, September 2009 (updated February 2011)


Bored with your photography? Tired of getting exactly what you expect from your fancy pants DSLR? Want to revisit the myster of your film days with cameras like the Diana and Holga? Then come on it, the world of the Lensbaby awaits you, baby.

A small note:

I’m going to note right at the beginning that, yes, all of these lenses CAN be used on a film camera. So if you are the kind of person who gets all twisted about that sort of thing, please don’t twist. I’m writing the article from the viewpoint of a DSLR photographer because that is the camera that I used with the lenses. Simple as that. If you would like to try Lensbaby photography on your film SLR, the Lensbaby people will be more than happy to have you in their club.

Where to Buy

Photo.net’s partners have the Lensbaby Composer, Muse and Optic Swap System available. Their prices are fair and you help to support photo.net.

Josh’s Quick-Take

So, you’re too lazy to read the whole article huh? Typical. Kids these days, I tell you. Back in my day we would read an article for two days straight just to figure out what the author was talking about. We even did it uphill in the snow both ways home from school.

Anyway, here’s my take on the Lensbaby lenses. These things are really fun. Photography has gotten to far into the “which sensor gives me the most resolving power for which lens at what aperture” side of things. Sometimes you just need to get out there and make some photos and surprise yourself with what you end up with.

Sure, some people are going to say “well I can make photos that look like that in Photoshop”, but that misses the point completely. The reason that we all loved cameras like the Holga and Diana in the film days is because we gave up some control in order to get some magic back in return. You never really knew what you were going to get with those cameras, and what you did get often made you say “Wow! How did that happen?”. Now, with today’s digital SLRs, you aren’t ever going to have exactly the same experience, you always get to see your results on the screen right away. But the idea is still the same. The Lensbaby lenses bring a little of that old magic back again. Plus, they are really fun to use. When you get away from having to try to make everything perfect, there is a lot of weight off of your shoulders and photography can just happen.

What is a Lensbaby lens?

The quickest way to explain what exactly a Lensbaby is is to listen to what the company itself says about the lenses:

“The Lensbaby is a unique SLR lens that has a sweet spot of focus with blur all around the sweet spot. Unlike a tilt-shift lens, which has a flat field of focus and a slice of of focus from end to end, the Lensbaby field of focus is curved, producing a circle of focus.”

Essentially, the Lensbaby lenses combine the soft focus, glowing, dreamy qualities of a Holga and combine it with the shifting focus of a tilt-shift lens.

Lensbaby models

There are currently three different Lensbaby models with list prices raging from $100-$350.

The Muse

The Muse is the least expensive Lensbaby and retails for $99 with a plastic element lens or $150 for a lens with a double glass element (more on that later). Essentially, the Muse is a lens mount attached to a lens by a 1.5 inch piece of flexible hose. The hose is pretty flexible so you can tilt the lens easily and is ribbed so that it can be compressed to change the focus distance. However it has “memory” and will snap back to it’s original (straight) shape quickly if you let go of the lens itself.

That “memory” is one of the aspects of the Muse that I dislike. Yes, it keeps costs down and makes for a cheaper lens. But I dislike the fact that I have to hold the lens in place once I have composed the image. On the other hand, the Muse does a great job of creating that “unexpected results” experience. Due to the lack of any kind of a locking mechanism, repeating any particular image in exactly the same way is pretty much an impossibility. But there is a joy in that. A lot of us could stand to try and “let go” of our photography a little bit.

Muse Specs

  • Double Glass (Multi-coated Optical Glass Doublet) or Plastic Optic installed
  • Focal Length: about 50 mm
  • Focus Type: Manual/Fingertip
  • Aperture Type: Interchangeable, magnetic aperture disks
  • Apertures: f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8
  • Minimum Focus: about 12" (30cm) / Maximum Focus: infinity
  • Size: 2.25"(5.7cm) h x 2.5"(6.35cm) w / Weight: 3.7 oz (104.9g)
  • No electronic communication between the lens and the camera body
  • Available in mounts for Canon EF (EOS), Nikon F, Sony Alpha A / Minolta Maxxum, Pentax K / Samsung GX, and Olympus E1 / Panasonic Lumix DMC cameras.

The Composer

The Composer is the midrange Lensbaby lens and retails for $270. Unlike the Muse, the Composer is a two section plastic unit. The connection between the mount (back section) and the lens (front section) is a ball/socket. This allows the lens to be tilted and moved in the same way as the Muse, but it also allows the addition of a locking ring that when used, prevents the lens from changing position. This makes repeat shots possible and successful. It also has a focusing helical and ring built into the front section allowing focusing that feels much more like focusing a regular lens. Although it should be noted that there is really nothing in the way of dampening on the focus ring. So don’t expect it to feel like a Leica M lens or even a Modern AF EOS lens. This is still (mostly) plastic construction.

The Composer is the lens that most everyone should be looking at if they want to get into the world of Lensbaby photography but also want a bit of control over their images. The locking ring is very handy, and in my mind crucial for portrait photography. If you are waiting for the right expression from your subject, you don’t have to worry that you won’t get the lens set back the correct way if you take the camera down from your eye to communicate or decide to check the LCD after a shot. While more expensive than the Muse, the Composer also comes stock with the double glass lens which, in my opinion, is a great lens to start out with.

Composer Specs

  • Double Glass (Multi-coated Optical Glass Doublet) included
  • Focal Length: about 50 mm
  • Focus Type: Manual
  • Aperture Type: Interchangeable, magnetic aperture disks
  • Apertures: f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22
  • Minimum Focus: about 18" (45cm) / Maximum Focus: infinity
  • Size: 2.25"(5.7cm) h x 2.5"(6.35cm) w / Weight: 3.7 oz (104.9g)
  • No electronic communication between the lens and the camera body
  • Available in mounts for Canon EF (EOS), Nikon F, Sony Alpha A / Minolta Maxxum, Pentax K / Samsung GX, Olympus E1 / Panasonic Lumix DMC

The Control Freak

The Control Freak is the most expensive Lensbaby lens and retails for $350. It is an update of what used to be called the Lensbaby 3G. Essentially it looks something like a Muse with the addition of three threaded rods and a receiver collar that the rods thread into. there is a button that engages or releases these threaded rods. To focus and use the lens, you press the button to disengage the rods and then move the lens around in the same way that you would with the Muse. Once you have gotten the focus and “sweet spot” composed, you release the button and the collar engages with the rod threads and locks the lens in position. Now, what makes the Control Freak special is that once locked, you can spin each of the threaded rods and make micro adjustments to composition and focus.

The Control Freak is really pretty nifty, and for anyone who wants to do a lot of still life, product, or macro photography (using the macro kit, more on that later) will find it’s micro adjustment to be a godsend. The Composers locking mechanism is great, but it doesn’t really allow for precise adjustments if you need to move it just a tiny bit one way or the other. You end up unlocking it and then trying to very gently adjust it without making far to big of a movement. For me, I often failed at that and had to recompose from the beginning.

Control Freak Specs

  • Double Glass (multi-coated optical glass doublet) Optic installed
  • Focal Length: about 50 mm
  • Focus Type: Manual/Fingertip
  • Aperture Type: Interchangeable, magnetic aperture disks
  • Apertures: f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22
  • Minimum Focus: about 12" (30cm) / Maximum Focus: infinity
  • Size: 2.25"(5.7cm) h x 2.5"(6.35cm) w / Weight: 3.7 oz (104.9g)
  • No electronic communication between the lens and the camera body
  • Available in mounts for Canon EF (EOS), Nikon F, Sony Alpha A / Minolta Maxxum, Pentax K / Samsung GX, Olympus E1 / Panasonic Lumix DMC

Things that all three lenses have in common

  • Metal lens mounts – No plastic here. Nice metal lens mounts that engage just as they should (in my experience).
  • Focal length of “about 50mm” – Not real wide in it’s stock form. But the 50mm is a classic and is an easier optic to design (or un-design in this case). Remember that 50mm is going to give you a 75mm FOV on most crop sensor cameras. Nice for portraits, less nice for general photography. Though there is a wide angle adapter kit available (more on that below).
  • Magnetic aperture discs f/2-22 – Changing the aperture is slower than a regular lens, though it isn’t difficult. Lensbaby even has a handy magnetic tool that holds the disc to help you insert or remove. But it can slow down shooting if you don’t have the correct disc in there.
  • No communication between lens and body – These are all manual lenses. No electronics. So your camera won’t have any idea what the lens is doing. Most cameras will still be able to shoot in aperture-priority mode (though some Nikons cannot), but you may have to do some adjusting via exposure compensation depending on how your camera meters. Any camera tht has a manual mode should be able to use these lenses.
  • No automatic diaphragm – Because the aperture is set via switching the discs in and out, your shooting aperture is your viewing aperture. That means it can get a little dark when viewing at f/22.
  • Available in mounts for Canon EF (EOS), Nikon F, Sony Alpha A / Minolta Maxxum, Pentax K / Samsung GX, Olympus E1 / Panasonic Lumix DMC – No that isn’t every camera ever made. But it sure does cover all the most popular lens mounts.
  • Optic swap system – See below

The Lensbaby Optic Swap System

All three Lensbaby lenses have what is called the Optic Swap System. This is a system that lets you completely remove the optic components of the lens and insert a different type of optic in it’s place. All three Lensbaby lenses come stock with the Double-Glass optic installed (except for the cheaper Muse which has the Plastic optic as it’s stock lens). To take advantage of the Optic Swap System, Lensbaby offers three additional optics (including the plastic one) that you can use with your Lensbaby lens.

  • Double Glass – Has a definite “sharp” spot to it. Contrast good.
  • Single Glass – Much less sharp. Still decent contrast. Best Holga/Diana imitation
  • Plastic – Not at all sharp. Even less so than a Holga’s plastic lens. Low contrast.
  • Pinhole/Zone-plate – Pinhole is decent, gives interesting results, and is pretty contrasty. Zone plate always looked like a pile of mush to me. But may that’s how it’s supposed to be?

There is a “Optic Comparison” page on the Lensbaby site that is reasonably representative of the differences that you are likely to see from the lenses. It isn’t perfect, but it gives you the general idea. Click here to check it out.

Changing optics is a pretty simple operation. Each of the optics comes in a plastic hard case and the base of that case has a three pronged spanner wrench of sorts that fits into the front of the optics. You just unscrew the optic that is installed into your Lensbaby lens and replace it with the new optic. Just takes a few seconds.

In addition to being available individually, Lensbaby offers a three lens bundle that includes the single glass, plastic, and pinhole/zone-plate lenses for $95, which is a good deal in my mind if you are going to use them all. If it were me, I would probably be satisfied with the single and double glass lenses. But then again, I’m not a pinhole shooter very often and I prefer the single glass to the plastic lens.

Accessories

Lensbaby offers a couple interesting accessories for it’s lenses, most in the form of add on lenses. While normally you might worry about the loss of quality that often results from adding another lens onto the front of your lens, in this case the difference isn’t particularly noticeable or problematic when it is noticeable. However, it is worth noting that you have to remove the add-on lens every time you want to change the aperture disc. Not a big deal, but slightly annoying.

  • Super Wide Angle Lens – A 0.42x lens that changes your Lensbaby field of view to 21mm. Pretty cool to me as I love wide angle lenses. The quality of the image really degrades out at the edges, which could be expected. But that’s more a function of the Lensbaby optics themselves rather than the super wide lens, which seems to be quite sharp for this type of lens. It also allows you to focus down to 2.75 inches. Which is pretty cool. Though due to the wide field of view, it really can’t be considered a proper macro tool.
  • Fisheye Lens – Has a 12mm focal length and a 160 degree field of view. It can focus as close as one half inch and has an f/4 maximum aperture with aperture plates from f/5 to f/22. The Fisheye’s aperture plates aren’t compatible with the other optics and the Muse and Control Freak Lensbaby lenses will require adapters (purchased separately) to mount the Fisheye. But honestly one of my favorite accessories. You can read a short review here.
  • Macro Kit – Two close up lenses of +4 and +10 that give you a focus range of 2-13 inches. Add to that the Lensbaby’s standard 50mm focal length and you have a pretty neat macro setup. This is my personal favorite accessory as I think it adds a lot of creativity to the Lensbaby system and I happen to love the look of the Lensbaby “style” with the closeness of macro photography. At under $40, it’s also one of the best “bang for the buck” values in the Lensbaby lineup. You can read a short review here.
  • Wide Angle/Telephoto Kit – A 0.6x lens and 1.6x lens that change your Lensbaby toa 30mm or 80mm field of view. While bother are useful focal lengths, I can’t comment much on this set as I have not used it.
  • Creative Aperture Kit – A set of aperture discs that you can cut shapes out of and have those shapes appear in the specular highlights of your images. One kit has 10 blank discs one kit has 8 blank and two precut in the shape of a heard and a star. The discs must be plastic or heavy paper other wise you would need heavier tools than the xacto knife that Lensbaby mentions in the instructions. Needless to say I have not used this accessory, and to be honest, I have no real interest in it.

Overall User Experience and Conclusion

Using the Lensbaby lenses is very simple. you just move them around until you find a look you like. Nothing to it. As I said previously, the Muse doesn’t do it for me because of it’s inability to hold position. However, the results can be just as cool from the Muse as any of the other lenses. Personally though, I highly recommend the Composer as a great middle ground. If someone had a few extra bucks, I would suggest picking up either the single glass lens, the wide angle kit or the macro kit, as I think those are the accessories that add the most to the lenses.

My one general beef with the Lensbaby system is that it seemed to take some fiddling with the exposure compensation to get them to meter accurately in aperture priority on my Canon DSLRs. It wasn’t a big deal, but I seemed to overexposed images if I didn’t do this. I haven’t had a chance to test with other camera systems to see if this is a Canon thing, or with other Canon cameras to see if it is something in my method of shooting that is causing it. I only mention it here because it was the only significant annoyance that I experienced with the lenses.

Overall, I think these lenses are a lot of fun and worth it for anyone who wants to let a little fun into their photography. Let’s be honest with ourselves, we spend way too much time obsessing over sensor resolution and lens MTF charts. The fact of the matter is that photography is as much about the process as it is about the end result for a lot of us. We enjoy making images and all that goes along with it. I see the Lensbaby lenses as a way to add a little variety and unexpected serendipity into that process. Can you make similar blurry selective focus images in Photoshop, well sure you can. But that’s not the same thing now is it? Particularly if you believe in what I wrote above about the process being important. Unless your idea of enjoying the process involves hours at the computer to create something (and to be fair, for some people it does), then Photoshop can never be the same as getting out int he world and using a tool to make an image.

The Lensbaby lenses are a neat product that create interesting images and that I very much enjoy using. And at the end of the day, what else is there to say?

Where to Buy

Photo.net’s partners have the Lensbaby Composer, Muse and Optic Swap System available. Their prices are fair and you help to support photo.net.


Original text and photos ©2009-2010 Josh Root.

Article revised February 2011.

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Steve Patriquen , October 02, 2009; 11:52 A.M.

I'm all for novelty but in my heart, I just don't like the effect LensBabies provide. I've shot with ancient lenses and tilted view cameras for effect, but somehow I find the Lensbaby effects garish.. hokey.. dishonest.

Don't ask me why. It makes no sense. What's the difference between pushing a LensBaby around with your fingers or tilting a lensboard?

There is something about the result from LensBay use that just turns me off visually. I know, it's just me.

Tom Cheshire , October 02, 2009; 01:18 P.M.

Personally I find LensBaby to be a ripoff. $150. or more for something you could cobble together from parts found in a hardware and a lens from a magnifying glass or kiddie toy. Unbelievable.

The only reason this co. can pull this off is because there are so many "photographers" who simply don't understand the basics of photography, lenses and how it all works.

Brent Nicastro , October 02, 2009; 02:46 P.M.

I find it hard to believe people still hype the Lensbaby. The look is so gimmicky that it gets boring after about three shots. I bought one a few years ago and it just sits in my file cabinet.

anonymous one , October 02, 2009; 08:49 P.M.

Well, I normally don`t comment on articles but feel since I`m the first commenter to have a different view about this lens its sort of my duty. While I don`t like this lens for general or portrait photography, I`ve found that it works really well for close up shots and flowers. The look it gives is fairly unique and though it can be recreated with Photoshop or any other editing program of your choice, why bother when you can do it in camera for such a low price. I`ll agree with Tom that you could probably build something similar on your own but again, for the price, why bother?

I personally believe people don't take enough time experimenting to fully understand the capabilities of these little beauties. It certainly isn't something that can be used to create beautiful shots with right off the bat, it takes practice to become accustomed to the lens and its quirks. For a good idea of what its capable of, I suggest checking out some of Marta Cernicka's work. She mostly uses a macro lens but there are some real gems in her portfolio shot with a Lensbaby.

This may be a little shameless but one of my favorites that I've shot using this lens can be found here:

http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=9334156

It does offer more possibilities than most people give it credit for. A little creativity and experimentation can go a long way.

John De Silva , October 03, 2009; 04:03 A.M.

This is yet another option as to what we individualy decide to use to create. For these type of effects you can choose tilt/shift, lens babies, software, or other "homemade" gadgets. If it's not your "style", that's cool. No apologies.

codrin lupei , October 07, 2009; 12:31 P.M.

I respect all the opinions, just wanted to say that lensbaby is my favorite lens, it truly suits my photographic vision, the photographs made with it have everything I wanted to see in a photograph, a mood, an atmosphere, a dream, an illusion...a story to be told or to be guessed! I know that lensbaby is a love and hate thing...well, I love it!

Take care and be inspired whatever lenses are you using! Codrin

Doro Rapp , October 07, 2009; 01:33 P.M.

Hi, my name is Doro and I am a lensbaby addict :) :) :)

you know, I rarely had so much fun for 100€... and the looks I get walking around with an obviously hightech DSLR and this bit of hoover hose attached...and the surprises when I process the files...and then - I can make people dizzy over hundreds, even thousands of miles! some even angry (but usually they don't tell me, they are polite, they just tell me when "even though this is taken with a lensbaby I like it a lot", which is such a sweet comment...)

of course, like with any other style or genre or ... it depends. and it is not the lensbaby - or the camera - that makes the image, it is the eye behind the viewfinder! and it takes a little dedication, like everything, too. if it feels bad after 3 shots...why not sell it to someone who can*t afford a new one?!

for me the most simple is even the best.

relax, bend and have fun!

best wishes

Doro

scott mathews , October 07, 2009; 05:54 P.M.

I've been a professional photographer for 20+ yrs. so I feel I know what I'm doing. The Lensbaby has added a new dimension to my photography and it can make the boring subject interesting. For those that think its a gimmick, think again and look at the forums on the Lensbaby website. There is some amazing work being done with these lenses and I have to thank Craig, the inventor for a wonderfully creative tool.

chichi char , October 07, 2009; 06:14 P.M.

I'm another Lensbabies addict :D

Lensbabies has taken me to another level over the just-bigger-point-shoot-DSLR-sharp-picture camera since I bought my first 2nd hand LB2 three years ago. All of my sharp lenses just stay in the box at most time and my camera always has LB attached to it. It also help me to improve to be more manual shooter than just-bigger-point-shoot-DSLR-sharp-picture shooter. Ofcoz i have received lot of negative comments, such as, why the picture is so blur? is the lens dirty? bla bla bla... But i enjoy alot, I just feel that no one cold make the same shot again, it's so unique. if you want something sharp, why bother get an dlsr, just get point-and-shot camera.

I'm also a magazines crazy, lots of photographers has become monthly winner by submitting LB pictures. Lensbaby is an aRt, you will love it or hate it.

patsy latscha , October 08, 2009; 12:14 A.M.

A steep learning curve for me but glad I kept at it, the lens baby is just so much fun and allows your true creativity to come out so well. I am a advid photoshop user and yes I can repolicate a lot of the lens baby look in PS but bottom line it is not the same. I also notice that it is becoming much more wide spread, cannot pick up a trade journal or mag that there is not lens baby photos in them, and a huge boom to the wedding photographers, not for the whole wedding but seems like every new couple shows examples of how they would like their wedding shoot to go and those examples are always included with several lens baby shots. To each own, I would not trade mine for anything, valuable asset to my work.

Steve Hébert , October 08, 2009; 09:59 A.M.

Finally a great lens that doesn't cost a fortune, can't wait to get one!

Keith Skinner , October 08, 2009; 03:34 P.M.

The characterization that a Lensbaby is a cool toy and the images produced with it are "fun" pretty much writes off a huge section of the photographic arts. Low fidelity photography, selective focus, plastic lenses, shooting though various materials - these all go back to the early days of photography and continue up to the present. There are a lot of very talented people producing remarkable art of this nature. The Lensbaby line provides a number of tools to produce such images and in a way that is very accessible. It's yet another tool in the photographer's toolkit. If you don't want to use it, don't. If you want to expand your photographic vision, however, this is a good way to start.

Keith

Josh Root , October 08, 2009; 03:58 P.M.

The characterization that a Lensbaby is a cool toy and the images produced with it are "fun" pretty much writes off a huge section of the photographic arts.

I forgot, art is not supposed to be fun. Neither is photography.

Seriously, put your guns away. You are reading far too much into this. You are seeing slights and insults that just aren't there. Every piece of equipment on photo.net can be described as "fun" or as a "toy" if one wants to. For many people, art and photography are something to be enjoyed. And something that is fun is likely to be enjoyed.

If people try a Lensbaby because they think it might be an enjoyable way to let go of the "everything must be the sharpest and perfect all the time" mantra that so often permeates photography, how is that bad? If you are a fan of the Lensbaby lenses, you should be encouraging people to want to try them for any reason.

Mark Wade , October 08, 2009; 05:16 P.M.

Hey Josh. Yes.The Lensbaby is fun. Dead serious fun, in the hands of the serious photographer. As I understand it, art is the subjective interpretation of an objective presentation. It simply leaves interpretation up to the viewer, and creation by the artist. If all three are communicating...art is accomplished. Fact is, there are more and more works being created with "toys" that touch viewers visuallly and emotionally, this simply cannot be ignored. As others have stated, if it works for you...use it. Great article and review. And yes, I am a LB 3G user. I love it...my clients do as well. Mark

Holly Sisson , October 08, 2009; 07:04 P.M.

I personally love my lensbaby as a fun and creative break from perfectly focused images, I love embracing the blur. I used it a lot, in the past week, at photography workshop in Vermont (http://hollysissonphotography.com/blog/2009/10/03/images-from-vermont/), there were only seven of us, two fellow photographers are now purchasing a lensbaby lens based on the photos they saw taken by me during the workshop.

I have also used it during family photography sessions, this shot (http://hollysissonphotography.com/blog/2007/11/14/chelsea-bw-lensbaby-shot/) is my all time favourite lensbaby portrait. It definitely takes some practice, but with a lensbaby, with the macro filters attached, there is always something cool to photograph.

My two cents!

Joseph C. Ohlsen , October 09, 2009; 08:33 P.M.

Are you guys really serious? Is 100 Euros or $150. now considered "throw-away money" to be spent with no more thought than one does on buying a Pepsi or roll of film?

You know, I have a few good LensBaby jokes but don't want to tell them because I am sure I will just be giving the company ideas for new products.

Hadi Habib , October 13, 2009; 03:00 A.M.

Wow, I'm surprised by the silly outbursts against the Lensbaby, especially from experienced professionals.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my range of Canon lenses.
But that doesn't mean there's no room in my arsenal for a Lensbaby.
I got the 3G as soon as it was launched.
I've even used it for assignments, to the clients' delight!

And yes, after spending THOUSANDS of Dollars for Canon lenses, the $350 for a 3G did in fact, feel super cheap!

And I don't know about that comment about making it myself ... are you serious?
I don't think I can make a simple, easy to use, control enabled equivalent to the Lensbaby 3G in my non-existent workshop.
Hey, why don't you make your own 18 megapixel camera while you're at it?
Make sure it can shoot 5 frames a second minimum.

The Lensbaby is just an option ... its not a replacement for all your other cool lenses.
By saying the Lensbaby is great, does NOT mean you automatically regard other super high quality lenses as inferior.
They are all great, depending on the way its used.
So some of you have to stop throwing such a sh*t fit.

I don't ALWAYS use it, but on occasion, just like I don't ALWAYS use my 15mm Fisheye, or my 16mm to 35mm Wideangle, or my Macro.

Much respect to the inventor for making this sort of technique available to the masses, simplifying & progressing the cumulative photography industry.

- Hadi Habib

Matt Bigwood , October 13, 2009; 03:30 P.M.

I have phases of using the Lensbaby, then the craze subsides for a bit. It's a good and easy (maybe too easy) way of making a different image.

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Gia Hillenbrand , October 29, 2009; 04:18 P.M.

I can see some good uses - and like the samples.

Although I agree that - at least for me - $150.00 isn't really throw away money. Not for me right now anyway - maybe some day :)

Joe Walsh , November 03, 2009; 11:37 A.M.

Makes the Pet Rock look like a wise investment.

Fernando Scherer , February 02, 2010; 10:04 A.M.

well i dont like it much either.. for me its just a "image quality destructor".. it imitates the expensive tilt shift, but the results are so below my expectations..

may be its just me.

damian johansson , March 30, 2012; 12:16 P.M.

Could you tell me which lensbaby combination you used to take the photo of the guy fishing?  It looks really nice, like an old medium format.  Which lenses from this company would further that effect?  Edge 80, Composer, etc.?

Tara Tompson , May 12, 2014; 02:11 P.M.

I love photography. I've always loved snapping pictures of all kinds of things. I've gotten into the more high tech gear lately and it's been amazing!

Tara |  http://cameraworksnorthwest.gostorego.com


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