The first impression this small toy-like lens gives you is unbalanced, as your DSLR was never so light before with a mounted objective. The first approach with manual focusing using your two fingers is even worse: it is not easy at all keeping in focus and shooting the subject at the same moment. Especially if you use the biggest diaphragm which gives you the best blurred / focused point effects.

Nevertheless, after quite some practice you will strongly appreciate:

– the macro possibilities a lensbaby gives you, if you had no macro already; by manually pulling the objective you can get really close to the subject
– the Lilliput-effect you obtain by shooting people from above or far distance
– the efficacy of building photo-messages by focusing only one part of the subject, although practice is really necessary to avoid fully blurred pictures

Give it a look by clicking on the pictures below.