...in the form of a lensbaby composer pro II w/a 50mm edge.
That this lens, on paper, fit my needs was a surprise to me. I was looking at old/vintage lenses and somehow found this. After some thought I figured it made sense. My work has taken a heavy turn to surrealism, so a lens that does tricks should be right at home in my kit. Should be...
My requirements/preferences were:
Close focusing (18" or less if not actual macro)
Manual, mechanical aperture.
I am less concerned about image quality, unless it's a dud. (I don't pixel peep)
Filter size, prefer =<58mm.
(Lensbaby has an mfd of 8", 46mm filter thread, mechanical aperture)
Instead of testing the lens, I put it to work as soon as I received it. Ergonomically, Lensbaby has a lot to learn. Controls/dials are stiff and difficult to access/actuate. Focus ring has no markings of any kind. Permanent marker fixed that. Regardless, the lens is useable. For those who don't know, the edge 50 creates a slice of in focus area across the frame. Since I am currently working with water and its surface, the edge 50 makes sense. I have included the first edited photo (self portrait) from this lens. It is not a keeper, as the focus is on my left hand and not my face (and the water line is not well represented). At this point I consider the missed focus a part of the learning curve as I am still figuring out just how the lens does what it does. But this gives a good idea, I think. (For the record, my right hand is on my upper stomach. )
For the purposes of this image and series, I believe this lens will be very effective. It will be interesting to see what other applications I can find for it. I may get the Sweet 35 or 85. But imo, for it's limited use and poor ergonomics it is overpriced.