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Converters, adapters and extension tubes All those lens accessories that get in between the lens and the camera.

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Lensbaby

Anyone had experience with these on 4/3 or m4/3?
I ask because yesterday at work I was helping the BBC make a documentary in our "Big Hoose" with Neil Oliver, and the stills man (who had a Pentax DSLR) dug in his bag and passed a Lensbaby to the video cameraman, who promptly mounted it on his camera. He did quite a few takes with it. Up to now I haven't considered these as I've though them too gimmicky, but I've started wondering if they can have a more serious application, and just what. I'd love to see some "straight" shots with this lens.
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Question Re: Lensbaby

I too am completely baffled by these things and have considered "Hireing" one from ebay just to see what I can do with it, or knocking up something out of an old motorcycle shocker sleve and a disposable camera lens.

I also keep thinking that someone is "avin a laff" because if you look in their gallery http://www.lensbaby.com/gallery-photo.php the images are for me "artistic" with a very small "a"...

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Yes, please enlighten me as well
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OK, here we go: Lens Baby Composer with double glass optic, curved field focus, they don't have a flat field focus, otherwise it could be a very usable lens la Imagon.

Suited for animals and some portraits, but not for buildings or pitoresque towns... it gives a bit of LSD feel to it. (I never tried LSD myself)

The two shots of the building on the next block are with diferent apaertures.








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Re: Lensbaby

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Anyone had experience with these on 4/3 or m4/3?
I ask because yesterday at work I was helping the BBC make a documentary in our "Big Hoose" with Neil Oliver, and the stills man (who had a Pentax DSLR) dug in his bag and passed a Lensbaby to the video cameraman, who promptly mounted it on his camera. He did quite a few takes with it. Up to now I haven't considered these as I've though them too gimmicky, but I've started wondering if they can have a more serious application, and just what. I'd love to see some "straight" shots with this lens.
At least it wasn't a Canon!
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Re: Lensbaby

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I too am completely baffled by these things and have considered "Hireing" one from ebay just to see what I can do with it, or knocking up something out of an old motorcycle shocker sleve and a disposable camera lens.
I also keep thinking that someone is "avin a laff" because if you look in their gallery http://www.lensbaby.com/gallery-photo.php the images are for me "artistic" with a very small "a"...

SO:

Yes, please enlighten me as well
Why not just buy an adapter to fit a Nikon lens?
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Re: Lensbaby

Like the cat's effect. Just doesn't work with the buildings for me!
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Re: Lensbaby

I had a Lensbaby 2 for a short time and didn't get on with it. The FL of 50mm of course gives an EFL of 100mm and only uses part of the image circle on 4/3rds, so much of the effect is lost IMHO.

I also found it nearly impossible to use without a third hand as the bellows had to be held in position while simultaneously holding the camera and operating the controls, but I think some of the newer models can be locked in position (which also makes for repeatable shots).

As I'd "hired" it from Fleabay, it didn't cost me anything in the long run, however!
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Re: Lensbaby

Thanks all - I think it's gone on the list of things not to buy
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Re: Lensbaby

I noticed that there is quite a lot of tilt effect being used in BBC2's "Inside John Lewis"... but having read Stephen's post above I wonder if it was the same production crew and they are using a Lensbaby-like optic.
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