I have a Lensbaby.

For anyone unfamiliar with these nifty devices, it's a variable focus 50mm f/2 lens. The single lens element is fully adjustable to enable a focal 'sweet spot' to be found in creative photography. A particular setting can be locked and then fine tuned by rotating any of the three protruding long screw threads. To change the aperture, a series of magnetic aperture rings is provided and held in place in front of the lens element by a series three small magnets. It's a quirky lens with a maximum aperture of f/2 and produces a wide range of focal effects. Mine is a Lensbaby 3G … which is now sold as the 'Control Freak' (can't imagine why … I mean look at the thing!).

LENSBABY_CONTROLFREAK_2_L

Picture courtesy Lensbaby

When I first received the lens (passed to me by a cinematographer friend who'd purchased it for cine-work but found it unsuitable) I put it on my D80 DSLR. It produced  some neat results but it wasn't a go-to lens by any means. Also the lack of adaptive exposure metering in the camera body meant more then a few frames to get the manual exposure just right … it just seemed a bit of a chore. For this reason I had been putting off trying the Lensbaby on my new D600 body and but … well … whatever(!) … so I took it along in my bag to the abandoned shops in the previous post. I put it on the camera, dialled in what I thought was my anticipated exposure setting and took a picture. Beautifully exposed! Well I wasn't expecting that! So I left the settings as is, re-composed and took another shot of something somewhere else … and? Same! Great exposure! It was then I had one of those total 'Derr!' moments when I realised the D600 was automatically adjusting to bring in the best exposure for the scene … it actually had very little to do with me and my settings πŸ˜‰

Now, this was fabulous news as I am essentially a lazy photographer at heart and I realised that the previous burden of adjusting exposure had been banished … it was like I had a new lens … which I guess I kinda do. Here's the same shops as seen through the Lensbaby … Enjoy!

     wpid1765-20130504_NIKON-D600_LPI_5553.jpg

wpid1763-20130504_NIKON-D600_LPI_5549.jpg

wpid1761-20130504_NIKON-D600_LPI_5547.jpg

wpid1759-20130504_NIKON-D600_LPI_5545.jpg

wpid1757-20130504_NIKON-D600_LPI_5540.jpg

wpid1755-20130504_NIKON-D600_LPI_5536.jpg

Lensbaby love … have you ever fallen in love with a lens (or anything for that matter…) all over again?


About

Geoffrey Dunn is a Canberra based photographer specialising in portraiture and event photography.

20161006__geoffrey-dunn-white-hiresdesktop-edit

 

app_circle_white_sm

Like what you see?

I do too! Please remember that all of the images presented here are owned in full by the photographer with all rights reserved. If you like an image you’ve seen during your visit and would like a print, copy or are interested in using it in some other fashion, pleaseΒ contact meΒ directly.

Contact

PO Box 1087, Dickson ACT 2602

p: +61 422 637 153

e: info@geoffreydunn.com.au

%d bloggers like this: