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Sep 21, 2012 18:07 |  #1

Hello,

Can you share your experience with lensbaby optics and please post your work


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Sep 21, 2012 22:57 |  #2

I bought one in 2010, used it for a week while the novelty lasted, sold it for about 90% of what I paid. Never again, not for me.

Doesn't mean you won't like it though- test it at a local store if possible.


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Sep 21, 2012 23:07 |  #3

I got one for Christmas about 4 years ago. I have put it on a camera maybe six times.


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Sep 27, 2012 14:17 as a reply to  @ Tapeman's post |  #4

I rented this lens to play around and see if it is helpful for me or not. I am really impressed with the effects it produces.

Here are some examples.

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Sep 27, 2012 14:24 as a reply to  @ monu2323's post |  #5

Haven't owned one myself but I don't see how it does anything that you can't do pretty easily (and non-destructively) in photoshop.


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Sep 27, 2012 16:36 |  #6

I took some personal portrait shots, I don't think you can create those effects easily thru photoshop. It will give very good motion blur without you or subject movement. And I would like to get effects straight out of the camera.


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Sep 27, 2012 18:05 |  #7

not a fan of the effects. i tried it in the store and passed.


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Sep 27, 2012 21:44 |  #8

I'd like to have one of these in my bag even if it would only get used infrequently. Thing is I'm mostly interested in their latest composer pro w/50mm and their new 80mm optic... and I think it priced out to be $600; that to me seemed expensive even compared to Canon lenses. Sure I guess that's really two lenses, but you can't get the composer pro without an optic that I could see on their website, and I see it more as 1 effect with a little more flexibility. I've come close to buying it in the past, but I don't have time to dedicate to it which I think is what something like this really needs if you're going to get your money's worth out of it.




  
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Sep 27, 2012 21:48 |  #9

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Sep 27, 2012 21:52 |  #10

Nothing against Lens Baby or its faithful users, but the effect has never done anything for me. I''ve tried to like it, but it hasn't grown on me in spite of trying to keep an open mind.

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Sep 27, 2012 22:09 |  #11

I put the lensbaby in with pro wrestling and Kenny G as something I just don't understand the appeal of. I've yet to see a lensbaby photo that looks good. That said, I apologize to the lensbaby for putting it in the same catagory as Kenny G. Nothing is THAT bad!




  
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Sep 27, 2012 22:43 as a reply to  @ nightcat's post |  #12

I built my own Lensbaby using the bottom of a Coca Cola bottle and a rubber plumbing extension. It didn't work like a Lensbaby, the IQ was too good;)


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Sep 28, 2012 10:05 |  #13

I am no photoshop expert, but I could get an effect that is pretty close with just a few steps. I guess I don't see a need for the Lensbaby really.


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Sep 28, 2012 10:45 |  #14

No offense, but those pictures make my eyes hurt (especially the Harvard one). They keep trying to focus but the effect won't let them...


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Oct 09, 2012 17:12 |  #15

^ I agree.

If I didn't know these were taken with specialty lenses I would first think, what the hell is the point of the outter blur effect on those flowers or the kids shot?

Lensbaby has some stunning examples on their website, but overall the effect that I get from their examples is a real gloomy, depressed look. Like a nostalgic look. It doesn't seem to fit anything that appears current time. Considering I shoot weddings, a day of happiness, a lensbaby clearly has no place in my bag.


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