Old 11-10-2008, 09:10 PM   #1
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Default Lens baby, talk me down

All right, I've got the hankering to get a lens baby for my photography. I don't know much about them other than you can do odd stuff with them. Either talk me into getting one or out of it.
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:14 PM   #2
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Try this group for examples.

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Old 11-10-2008, 10:19 PM   #3
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My train chasing partner has one and he has gotten some very creative shots with it. When used properly, you can get great results, plus the lens is just a lot of fun to experiment with.
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:52 PM   #4
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I spend alot of time and effort trying to get sharp focus with my manual lenses... now the idea is to get poor focus?!

Looking at the examples on the Lensbaby website, I haven't seen anything that impressed me... just alot of blurry shots. Actually starting to get a headache looking at them. As a toy, as something to play with I could see the potential for some, um, interesting RR shots, but not worth a serious investment.

Just my $0.02 worth.
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:59 PM   #5
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Kelly Lynch uses one occasionally. See (at least) the two shots of crew members in front of the nose of a steam engine at the link below.

http://www.lynchpinpictures.com/phot...ery/index.html
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I've considered one of these, though I think I'm going to try Canon's 24mm Tilt-Shift lens first. I'm all for the expansion of creative photography. Buy it! If it turns out to be a mistake, it'll be a cheaper mistake than the 600mm that I need to be talked down from.
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I've considered one of these, though I think I'm going to try Canon's 24mm Tilt-Shift lens first. I'm all for the expansion of creative photography. Buy it! If it turns out to be a mistake, it'll be a cheaper mistake than the 600mm that I need to be talked down from.
Geez, I hope you're not planning to hand-hold it...
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Old 11-12-2008, 04:43 PM   #9
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Joe,

See this previous thread regarding the use of Lens Babies.

http://forums.railpictures.net/showthread.php?t=6144&

In my experience, the LB should only be used to accentuate existing features in your composition as it can easily become "gimmicky." The glass, however, is gorgeous. It's great for portraits and details.

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Go for that nifty wide adapter and the newer version that'll allow you to find your sweet spot and maintain it.

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I found a TRAINS mag contest winner, Steve Crise, that was taken with a lens baby.
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Old 11-19-2008, 02:52 AM   #11
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Yep, back when the LB was relatively new, Steve confounded many with this image:



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Yep, back when the LB was relatively new, Steve confounded many with this image:



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How were you able to just pull that out?
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Old 11-20-2008, 04:37 AM   #13
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It's on the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society's website, along with many fine selections from Steve Crise's body of work.

http://www.sbrhs.org/

The shot can be viewed in better detail here:

http://www.scrise.com/index.php?opti...ask=view&id=17

When I first met Steve in 2006, we went out shooting together. He let me use some of his lenses, one of which was the Lens Baby -- The moment I held it in my hand I realized how he pulled off that award winning shot.

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