Lens Review: Lensbaby Velvet 28

September 2020 issue Tech

Lenses designed for specific uses have become increasingly common. Defying this trend is Lensbaby, which for years has produced innovative products that open creative avenues for photographers.The latest from Lensbaby is the Velvet 28 f/2.5. This lens marks the third in the Velvet line, joining the Velvet 85 f/1.6 and Velvet 56 f/1.6, and adding wide-angle coverage for landscape, travel, and street photographers.What distinguishes the Lensbaby Velvet lenses from other modern glass is their... Continue Reading >

Review: Petzval-style optical design in the Lensbaby Burnside 35

5.29.2018 Tech

Despite the increasing availability of effects and filters in digital cameras and imaging programs, there remains a group of dedicated creative photographers who prefer to get an optical effect in-camera rather than in post-production. Lensbaby has been imagining and producing optics for many years. Its latest creation, the Lensbaby Burnside 35, incorporates two optical effects—a Petzval-style optical design and an adjustable vignette—in a unique lens that opens a wide array of creative... Continue Reading >

Product spotlight: Lensbaby Burnside 35

May 2018 issue Tech

The new Lensbaby Burnside 35 is an all-metal, non-tilting lens that brings the user variable control over vignette and bokeh through a gold anodized slider on the barrel. Images from the 35mm f/2.8 lens have a large, bright central area of sharp focus surrounded by swirling bokeh that can be strong or subtle.The effect slider can be used to adjust center brightness and in-camera vignette in a four-stop range. The aperture range adjusts from f/2.8 to f/16 with a six-blade internal aperture and... Continue Reading >

New creative optics for mirrorless cameras

10.5.2016 Tech

Lensbaby has announced another new lens, the Trio 28, specifically designed for mirroless cameras to give the photographer three selective focus optics in one compact lens.By rotating a dial you can access Lensbaby’s most popular optical effects: Twist, Velvet, or Sweet. Twist gives you a large sharp central area of focus surrounded by twisty, swirling bokeh. Velvet has a sharp central area of focus with a delicate glow from edge-to-edge. Sweet creates a sharp central sweet spot of focus... Continue Reading >

Lensbaby Twist 60: Into the Future/Past

6.16.2016 Tech

Lensbaby recently released a very different lens, one with its roots in the very beginnings of photography and a 19th century design by Joseph Petzval—the Twist 60.Historic Background: Joseph Petzval and Lensbaby© Ellis VenerThe first thing you notice when shooting with the Twist 60 is that it can be a bit hard to focus accurately when using a DSLR viewfinder. Focusing precisely is best done using live view or tethered to a computer. From f/2.5 to f/5.6, the center of the image is... Continue Reading >

Lensbaby Announces Twist 60

4.12.2016 Tech

Lensbaby has announced the upcoming release of the Twist 60, a metal-bodied non-tilting lens that captures a sharp subject with a swirly blurred background and enhanced vignette. “Twist 60 embodies our love of old lenses and their unique ways of helping photographers discover creative possibilities,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby co-founder and chief creative officer. “True to an 1840 design by Joseph Petzval, this lens reveals striking separation between subjects and their background, a... Continue Reading >

Slice of life

April 2016 issue Tech

Lensbaby composer Pro II and Edge 50 OpticAmong photographers who enjoy creative exploration outside of their camera manufacturer’s lens lineup, Lensbaby products have attracted a large and loyal following. I always have them packed in my car in their own bag and available for when I see opportunities to create something different.The Lensbaby system comprises a lens and associated optics. The lens is not a lens in the conventional sense but rather a device that mounts on the camera body... Continue Reading >