Excerpt: I use this for dramatic focus effects out of the camera. This is a novelty lens, something to buy when you essentially have most of the lenses you want, or don't mind spending a few bucks to get a limited-purpose tool. It permits you to play with a dynamic sweet spot, thanks to the ability of the user to change the axis of the lens with respect to the film/sensor plane. It takes some getting used to in order to get satisfactory results.
Excerpt: I use this for dramatic focus effects out of the camera. This is a novelty lens, something to buy when you essentially have most of the lenses you want, or don't mind spending a few bucks to get a limited-purpose tool. It permits you to play with a dynamic sweet spot, thanks to the ability of the user to change the axis of the lens with respect to the film/sensor plane. It takes some getting used to in order to get satisfactor results.
Summary: If you're a fan of manual focus, this lens could be the star in your collection of lenses. Lensbaby lenses allow one to have a cheaper access to tilt-shift lenses, given the plastic-yet-adequate build quality. Proper tilt-shifts from Nikon and Canon may go up to 4-digits, which may prove to be a huge barrier of entry for most avid hobbyists. Another potential issue is that this lens is SOLELY built for cropped-sensor cameras - Nikon d90, d7000, d7100, etc.
Excerpt: The lens enables you to see things differently but it's still something that I'm more likely to use only from time to time - Not on a regular basis. Nonetheless, it's a fun accessory to have in the kit.
Summary: I rated the lens a three even though I am returning it to Amazon. I have a Sony Alpha A850 and ordered the one that was supposed to fit. It does not. It looks like it should, but it cannot. I just thought I would let people know. It could be a fluke or a factory mistake, but whatever the reason; it won't fit my Alpha a850. I'm really disappointed! I thought the composer would create fantastic shots on my full frame camera.
i though the images would be sharper -- maybe its just me?
21 March 2013
Summary: ** this is my first Lensbaby ** don't get me wrong its a nice lens and it really is going to spark some creativity. But finding the sweet spot is tough at first and i wouldn't use this on jobs until you master using this lens. even once you lock your composer in place it sometimes can still move, MY problem is that once i take my image i wish it would be a sharper image on the part that the focus is on. but then again maybe its me! i'll update after i use this some more.
Excerpt: It is fairly straight forward to use and doesn't have a cheap plastic feel. If you are comfortable with manual focus, you will like this lens. However, It is difficult to get sharp focus on subjects more than 8ft away. I consider this a specialty lens, and when used moderately, it can be a nice touch. Same goes for a fisheye. This isn't something that will stay on your camera body all day.
Summary: So, this is not a very user-friendly little toy. It's neat, sure, and it is easy enough to get on the camera. But focusing the thing is nigh impossible. I've got a Nikon D40 that I've been using for a few years, and while I won't claim any expertise with digital cameras, I'm not a novice. I spent about an hour playing with this lens and ultimately decided that for the kind of touristy/on-the-go picture taking I'm prone to, it's not worth it by a long shot.