Lensbaby has released 3 new inexpensive ‘toy lenses’, the Muse, the Composer and the Control Freak, now all including replaceable optics for even more creative playroom.
These three new lenses are all built around the original concept: One sweet spot surrounded by blur, but these new versions appeal to different kind of photographers due to their different construction (handling).
I had a chance to play around a bit with the Lensbaby 3G at this years Roskilde Festival (thanks, Schack!), and was positively impressed with its effect. Its a refreshing feeling to not care so much about ultimate image quality (its basically a plastic lens, one that is difficult to focus!) but more about the possible image effects. It kind of ‘frees you up’ creatively, especially since you are all the time trying to selectively focus in a very obscure way. Both the ‘hunt’ and the ‘kill’ can be very satisfying – closest analogy is ‘like Photoshop but without the software!’ Ofcourse it can seem like a fad and can reach a point of being an overused gimmick, but if it gets to there, it aint the fault of the tools at hand. If you haven’t yet tried one of these babies, maybe it is time to see what you can do with it?