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18 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Lots of fun Aug 21, 2006
By C. Everhart
This is great for those people who miss the selective focus aspects of the 4x5, but compact and easy enough to use on your digital or 35mm. I think the price is a little high for what you get, but that's not too uncommon these days.... I am a professional wedding/portrait photographer, and I do landscapes and wildlife on my own, andit adds a nice 'something different' to my work. I would recommend it!
14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
What a fun lens Jan 29, 2007
By Carlton Ward
This lens looked to be way too much fun for $150, so I took a chance and bought one and am happy I did. It does take some practice to get the focusing down but it is fun to learn and experiment with. I have mostly L lenses and was suprised by the photo quality this lens produces. It is not in the same league as an L lens but still produces nice images. The f/stop inserts are easy to use but I did have to find a place in my camera bag to keep them. You really need to have control of your settings to get the exposure correct, but I am having lots of fun with it. The quality and having to keep up with a seperate bag of inserts is why I rate this at 4 stars but for fun it is definitely a 5.
11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Definitely adds fun to your photos! Aug 25, 2007
I'm a huge fan of tilt shift photography and this makes it so easy- good for newbies and pros alike. I bought it to use with my Olympus e-500 and it works great! Takes a little getting used to- but once you get a hang of it - it's a lot of fun to use! I've been comparing photos I've taken with it to ones I took with a regular SLR (same shots)- and the lensbaby certainly makes an ordinary photo more interesting. It's light and fits nicely in my camera bag. Comes with a little fabric bag to store it in. Instructions are easy- but just to note- in English only. If you really want to have more fun with your photo taking- This is a great way to do it. I wish it came with a sun filter to protect the lens. Not sure if they make one for it or not.
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
This little thing is great! Sep 12, 2009
By J. Diaz
I got this for my Canon Rebel XS DLSR. I had heard about the Lensbaby for some time, but hadn't had the chance to try it out. Since there are newer Lensbabies out, the Lensbaby 2.0 has gone WAY down in price. I got mine for $69 here at Amazon and at that price you can't go wrong at all. It the same glass doublet as the $150 MUSE. I must say that even at $150, the Lensbaby is still well worth the price. At $69, it's a no brainer.
This is a "creative" lens. It will not replace your regular lens as that is not it's purpose. It's a fun and curious. I like it because it makes normal shots turn into something spectacular. It's not as sharp as my other lens (not even the kit lens) and I don't use it all the time because it's not the type of thing you really want to overuse. I do always carry it with me whenever I go out to shot, and I usually change to the Lensbaby at some point to shoot a few interesting photos.
About ease of use: At first, ALL of my shots were blurry and messed up. It takes a while to actually get used to this lens. After some practice, some good shots began to come out. I still take a few extra shots while moving the Lensbaby just to make sure that I have choices. After getting used to it, it becomes a very easy and intuitive process. I like it a lot. Focusing by squeezing and pushing is an imperfect process, but I guess a lot of Lensbaby users don't mind having a little randomness in their shots.
I was very curious about the Composer, not only for the focusing mechanism, but also for the interchangeable optic system (easier to use and more consistent, plus changing optics gives more choices). For the extra $200, it just wasn't an option for me at the time, especially for something I wasn't sure I was going to like.
If you can still find the Lensbaby 2.0 at $69 like me, GO FOR IT. You will not regret it. If you already know you like the Lensbaby and prefer the new optic swap system, spend the extra money on the MUSE or Composer. Either way, it's a Lensbaby and you will have fun with it.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Needs practice! Dec 22, 2009
By Roger Webb
It's only been a short while since I bought the lens baby so I've not really mastered the technique yet. I have been surprised by how much you need to practice (but maybe that's just me). Getting your subject in focus is tricky and getting the 'sweet spot' when you bend the lens is even more difficult. But I'm pleased with the couple of decent pictures I've managed to snap. It'll just take time and there are some decent web-sites out there to help out with tips and techniques.
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