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Seems to be a real interest in this lens amongst the reality? group members...
let's start a topic about it in the forum...
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I have 2 and they're ace
V2 and the Composer
OK, let's start showing off our weapons!
I have the composer with double optic, plastic optic, pinhole/zone plate and single glass.
Never used the pinhole/zoneplate and I will ask you some advice on its "properties"
some samples of zone-plate can be viewed in my pf :
for example : lac de Longemer
I stopped using it, because; usually, people don't like blur
but will use it again...
I like the zone plate and pinhole, but alas, being such small apertures, you see every single spot of dust and scratch and gremlin on your sensor - can be an ordeal cloning them out so I rarely use or edit anything with them. My cameras a very well used 4.6 year old thing
I've got the 3 screw on optics, but they're not ideal for FF cameras, you bend a little bit and they vignette straight away. The 21mm adaptor is virtually useless, the chromatic abberations are awful.
The creative apertures are my favourite things - especially shooting at night in cities, all the backdrop turns to stars or hearts or.... whatever you cut out
Here's a lensbaby shot of my mate Chris, extreme bending to the right on this one
excellent shot (& selenium toning! )
Composer - double glass - single glass - plastic optic - zone plate/pinhole - 0.42x super-wide attachment - fisheye. Those in bold form my usual LB kit, with the Composer attached to my old D70 (no real need for 12MP when I'm deliberately messing with the definition).
The pinhole is not really usable without a tripod, not my preferred companion for general photography. At f144 it is particularly difficult to focus through the viewfinder; it's simplest to focus in zone-plate mode before moving the slider across, though care must be taken to hold the focusing ring with the other hand.
I received the following comment on this LB pinhole attempt from MickS, who has experimented with most photographic media:
Quote: Pin-hole? whatever they call it on the box, it ain't pin-hole; I think Lensbaby has a lot of work to do to get the pin-hole effect. One of the main qualities of PH is that the tiny apperture gives almost unlimited D of F and pin sharpness at the central area, it then falls off to the edges, just about every PH pic I've seen, and taken, follows that formula, although it ain't carved in stone
Since then I have not used the optic in question, simply because I can't fit more in the bag! When I have a suitable subject I'll go back to it.
By contrast, the Zone Plate gives a rather dreamy, soft effect (but not unsharp); I am not totally convinced that I need the Soft Focus optic when I already have this, except that it's undoubtedly faster; I don't shoot many portraits!
While I am a great fan of the LB I am also the first to admit that it's an acquired taste. By and large this Group appreciates the LB, which I applaud. But it is a means to an end, not an end in itself: a fast 50mm lens is a cheaper option. I have both, but then I'm nuts
Thanks for your contribution, Bill
totally agree about the PH : not the right effect yet
I've just been to the site and seen that they have added a fisheye optic.
After the disappointment with the ultra wide (on full frame) I'm a little relucant to shell out the £100 for one... has anyone had experiece of usin this on a FF camera yet?
Be good to see some results... be even better if it's actually good
Not having a full-frame camera I can't comment on LB effects with one, though I understand the LB was originally conceived for full-frame. The ultra wide at least gives cropped-sensor users something wider than a telephoto to use (I discount the 'normal' LB 'wide' optic) but you can't bend it very much without vignetting.
The fisheye is a lot of fun on APS-C but no substitute for a real circular fisheye, not that I have one. It does give the opportunity to get really close and inclusive. But it requires f11 for acceptable sharpness across the frame: compare f4 and f11. The vignetting is far from total on APS-C, though it can be encouraged in software.
Composer, plastic optic, double glass optic, soft focus optic, wide angle optic, macro attachments, and I'm just about to get the extra wide angle, although I notice Ade isn't too pleased with it? Care to expound a bit more on what you essentially were unhappy with Ade?
Love using this, I'm finding myself thinking more creatively. Will I use it all the time, probably not, but for now, while I'm learning, it's the only lens on my camera.
Still using the 2.0 and 3g and not yet used any of the optic swap system, can`t see the point unless my two brake. If I want a plastic effect i just drape plastic over the lens, for soft focus the wife looses her tights
The 2.0 is my main walk about lens, the 3g does`nt see a great deal of use, once in a while I might get a tripod out and do a bit of focus stacking.
More people should get out and give them ago, there easy to get the hang of, bellow a few taken of me by my youngest daughter.
I recently bought the Muse, I like the raw grit of it
Quote: I recently bought the Muse, I like the raw grit of it
Pretty much identical to the old 2.0 and I love mine
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