The Lensbaby 3G; Selective Focus SLR Lens Page 2
The Lensbaby also accepts 37mm filters. An accessory kit containing +4 and
+10 close-up diopters is available. The +4 allows focus to be as close as 10"
(#4), as measured from the film/sensor plane, and the +10 can be focused as
To install the filters or the auxiliary lenses, tip the lens skyward and turn
the focus ring as far as it will go counterclockwise. This will bring the lens
to the end of the focusing barrel where it is a simple matter to screw the accessory
The Lensbaby is definitely just the kind of tool you would want to have in your kit if you were a wedding photographer. It would allow you to offer your clients an easy to produce, on location special dream effect that would appeal to many people (#6).
Portrait and fashion photographers could also make great use of this tool.
Focusing on the eyes while keeping the depth of field on the face produces the
kind of effect that was used by many early photographers. The famous portrait
of the beloved Irish poet William Butler Yeats was done in this manner (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Even though the Lensbaby may appear to be a toy, and you can certainly have fun with it, it is definitely a tool for the photographer. If you feel yourself getting jaded, doing the same ol', same ol', get yourself a Lensbaby and start rockin'.
The Lensbaby 3G has a list price of $270. The Original Lensbaby and the Lensbaby 2.0 (not reviewed) are still available for $96 and $150, respectively. There is also a new medium format Lensbaby 3G for the Mamiya 645 and Pentax 67 which lists for $390.
Accessories for the Lensbaby have the following list prices:
Lensbaby Wide Angle/Telephoto Kit $89
Lensbaby .6x Wide Angle/Macro Conversion Lens (not reviewed) $59
Lensbaby Macro Kit $33
Lensbaby Creative Aperture Kit $9.99
For more information, contact Lensbabies, LLC, 516 SE Morrison St., Ste. M4, Portland, OR 97214; (877) 536-7222, (971) 223-5662; www.lensbabies.com.
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