Photo Update - Lensbaby 1 takes on a foggy stroll in SF & a sushidinner

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Paul Furman, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. Paul Furman

    Paul Furman Guest

    Some new photos using another new lens, sort of a toy tilt shift thing
    that looks like a spring/plunger called 'lensbabies': It never really
    looks very sharp anywhere but you get more control over the plane of focus

    Four shots on a stroll on Irving street in the Sunset district:

    Six shots of a tofu appetizer & sushi dinner in commemoration of our
    kitty Rough Dude (Doo-Dah) who just died of a
    heart attack this week at age 10 (young):

    One illustration of how the lens is operated by squeezing the plunger to
    focus and tilt:

    Best regards,

    Paul Furman
    Bay Natives Nursery
    (415) 722-6037
    Paul Furman, Apr 8, 2007
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  2. I really never like the results from the Lensbaby. The results are
    borderline atrocious to outright trash. It's a good $15 novelty lens, but
    if you paid more than that I feel for ya.

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Apr 8, 2007
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  3. Paul Furman

    Skip Guest

    Yeah, my wife and I played with one borrowed from a friend, for a couple of
    days. She had an art project that it sounded like the lens would be
    appropriate for. Neither one of us particularly cared for the results,
    sharp focus on any point is virtually impossible to achieve, once what
    resembles focus is achieved, it is difficult to maintain that focus, and the
    OOF areas aren't all that great either. We returned it to our friend, with
    our thanks, but we probably won't be buying one. $150-$250 for a toy
    (depending on the model) seemed a little excessive.
    Skip, Apr 9, 2007
  4. Paul Furman

    Paul Furman Guest

    That was actually their goal :) I agree it's overpriced & would be
    nicer with a decent piece of glass in it.
    I paid half the new price for the simplest model. I wouldn't have bought
    one new. The main problem is the lens itself is crap but the lens pops
    right out, a single piece of glass the size of a penny and it's possible
    to hold nice lenses on there for macro bellows work. Too bad it's so far
    away so infinity comes very close. I just tried with a 50/1.2, 28/2 &
    105/2.8 but I couldn't get anything useable out of the 20/2.8:

    It'll be a piece of cake to cut of a lens back-cap & use that as a
    light-tight mount. It's not really practical though, without controlled
    support I had to shoot at ISO 1600. Newer models have a series of screws
    or pins around all sides for dialing the position without the shakiness
    of pressing hard with your fingers. I don't think that would support a
    heavy macro lens though so I'd have to rig up some sort of arm or arms
    to secure the lens off the tripod head or legs. And if you are stopping
    down, it's wide to see what you're doing then stop down for the shoot.
    Only practical with a tripod setup.

    One thing that works well is full frame lenses on crop frame DSLRs leave
    plenty of room for tilting & shifting into a larger image circle. I just
    with it was close to infinity focus.
    Paul Furman, Apr 9, 2007
  5. Paul Furman

    Paul Furman Guest

    I paid $50. It works as an experimental bellows for other lenses too.
    Paul Furman, Apr 9, 2007
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