Anyone tried Lens Baby's? (distortion effect lens for 35mm cameras)

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by Jeffrey A. Steinberg, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. Jeffrey A. Steinberg

    Jeffrey A. Steinberg Member

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    Has anyone tried one of these:

    www.lensbaby.com ?

    Its a low-cost distorition effect lens for 35mm cameras.

    Just wondering before I bought one.

    --Jeffrey
     
  2. David A. Goldfarb

    David A. Goldfarb Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    If you're in New York City, Photo Gizzmo has them in stock, and you could try one out. Location at www.photogizzmo.com.
     
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    I don't have one myself, but I've seen interesting work done with them, ranging from very strange to tastefully artistic. Certainly appears worth the price.
     
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    just get a holga and have done with it - bigger neg too
     
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    from what I've seen, not the same as a Holga. Looks interesting to me, I'm going to have a go making one myself at some stage.
     
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    Purchased one after reading the article about them in the B&W mag. They certainly deserve a place in the camera bag and I have made a couple of interesting images with the lensbaby on my EOS 3. My wife uses it more that I do with her colour work.
    Like all special effect devices you have to be careful what you use it on. Recommended all the same.

    Neil.
     
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    And the Holga has the advantage that if you're shooting out of the sunroof of your car and a bird knocks the thing out of your hands and it gets run over by a Metro Transit light rail train, you're only out $12.
     
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    That's why I have all my kit insured, if my F100 bounces down the road it's oooops send me a new one please :D
     
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    Looks a little like a pictrol diffusser, I use this all the time in the darkroom, does any one think this lens baby would work on a enlarger???
     
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    It might. All it would take would be a gaffer's tape adapter on an empty board to try it.

    It's amazing what one can do with gaffer's tape
     
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    Spiratone made something like this in the 1970s and 1980s -- the Portagon. And it was A LOT cheaper than $100. I think I paid something like $20.

    You probably could do just as well with the lens from a magnifying glass and a piece of PVC pipe. Again, a lot less than $100.
     
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    Ah, but the Spiratone Portragon didn't have swings, tilts, rise, fall and shift. :wink: