When you think of creative lenses, it’s hard not to think of Lensbaby, with its optics offering a unique blend between tilt and shift and the freelensing technique...
The Spark has a fixed f/5.6 aperture with a 50mm focal length and it includes a plastic lens element attached to a set of bellows. This allows you to move the lens around to change the ‘sweet spot’, as well as the blurred area which surrounds it (it does this by changing the direction of the light entering the lens, so it doesn’t always converge on the centre of the sensor like a traditional lens).
Focusing itself can be achieved by pulling the element towards the sensor and is very intuitive. The look is very hard to achieve in any other way, and the raw colours produced are unique and honest as well as being tonally varied.
Although this is a quirky lens at heart, it’s beautifully atmospheric and unique, working very well in portraiture to give an ethereal look.
Easy to control
Hard to achieve perfect focus
Focal length: 50mm