Thursday, March 1, 2007
Change the qualities of focus for repeatable and dynamic results
The Lensbaby series of lenses has quickly grown in popularity, not only among fine-art and portrait photographers, but also with those of us interested in outdoor photography. Providing some of the creative flexibility of a view camera, these lenses offer the ability to control the quality of focus with a D-SLR.
As I love using the lens for close-up work, it was an easy thing to pull the front lens assembly and lock it into position by pressing a single button. I could then frame my subject and fine-tune focus using the barrel-focusing ring, which controlled the multicoated optical glass doublet. Adjusting the plane of focus was easy by just slowly twisting the rotating knobs at the end of the focusing poles.
I achieved the best results by having my camera on a tripod. Though the lens is easily controllable without one, I found that I was able to take my time and fine-tun the look of my image by eliminating the influence of my body moving toward and away from the subject.
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