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What if you get a lensbaby home?

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.

Posted by lorenzoborghi on June 5, 2012
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  1. 06/5/2012

    It looks like you’ve got it figured out….the lens does look tiny doesn’t it??:))

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    • 06/5/2012

      It looks like a toy but it isn’t – I found that using two fingers per side on the ring works quite nicely, although I would be scared a British guy could misunderstand my technique for offending :)) Also, for quick subjects I am still quite dumb in setting up aperture, time, focus and shooting in few seconds! Practice is really needed to appreciate this lens.

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