Summary: I use this lens from close ups to scenics. With it's sweet spot of selective focus the lens leads me to interpret subjects in new original ways. There is always an element of surprise and using this lens teaches me to see things in a new creative light. Using this lens knocks me out of a rut and rewards me with the patience to discover a new perspective.
Summary: I found this very easy to use. It took only a matter of minutes to figure out how it warped the images. You can't use auto focus though. The camera can not read the lens. So if you have problems manually focusing this is probably not the camera lens for you. I found I would push in to focus and then move it around for the desired affect. Work initially in just the top, right, bottom and left to get the feel for the effect. Then experiment. Have Fun.
Summary: I use this lens mainly for outdoor portraiture. So far I love it and so do my customers! It does take some time to get used to how it focuses and how you adjust the settings but after that, it really is quite a lens. For such a low price, this lens should be in any photographer's arsenal. Whether you're a hobbyist or professional, there's no reason not buy this!
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: In the time I've had to experiment with the lensbaby, it definitely produces the effect as described. It is easy to use, and with practice and learning more about what camera settings to use, I'll get better results. Just on first use, the auto settings on my Canon 40D produce slightly bright/washed out images, but they do show the effects of the lensbaby.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Lightweight
Summary: I purchased this from the retail store in NYC. This was the first time I had visited the store, but I have made several purchases from the web site. If you ever get a chance you should visit the store, great buying experience. I love my Lensbaby! It is a fun little lens. Great for portraits. I have been using it to take phots of my grandchildren and couldn't happier. It gives those photos a real artistic look & I have very little artistic talent.
Summary: I have used this lens to shoot a wedding (along with other lenses) with great results! This lens takes some practice to get used to, but it is a lot of fun to use. Having to set the exposure manually on the camera and focusing manually are the two biggest challenges. If you don't have good eyesight, focusing will be quite difficult, especially at higher (smaller) apertures.
Summary: I use this for, primarily, portraits and unique macro images. First and foremost: This is not your ordinary lens The lensbaby requires some getting used to. As long as you are ready to do some adjusting and playing, you will absolutely adore this wonderful little gadget. A four fingered focus approach is recomended (holding the camera with the fore fingers, pinkys and thumbs) and using the ring and middle fingers to adjust.
Summary: It's a little tricky to use, but with practice it gets much easier. Also it's much easier stopped down. Don't mess with f/2 till you've figured out f/5.6. The dreamy quality of the pictures is wonderful, I don't know anything that can replicate it. It's so small and light you can take it anywhere. I'll always keep it in my kit.
Summary: I bought this lens to add a fun distortion to my photos and this lens was perfect for that. I takes a little getting used to when focusing on certain objects, but once you get it down you will love the look it gives. Fun lens, good price.